Caton earns preseason honor
ST. LOUIS — Linebacker Jonas Griffith and return specialist Dakota
Caton earned preseason honors by the Missouri Valley Football
Conference, the League office announced Wednesday. Griffith was named
to the All-MVFC Preseason Team while Caton earned Honorable Mention.
Preseason honors are voted on by league head coaches, media and sports
Dakota Caton, Return Specialist, Sophomore
2018 Synopsis - Earned First Team Freshman All-American honors as a return specialist from HERO Sports ... Saw action in all 11 games his first year on campus making his biggest mark on special teams ... Returned 32 kicks for 692 yards on the year for a 21.6 yard per return average ... Longest kick return of the season was a 49-yard scamper in a win over regional rival Eastern Illinois where he also set a season high with 178 yards on returns ... Picked up the first punt return touchdown for the Sycamores since 2015 when he went 71-yards to the house on his very first touch in a Sycamore uniform to open the season against Quincy ... Finished the year ranked 10th in the nation in combined kick returns with 763 yards ... Finished the season with 19 catches for 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... Caught touchdowns in consecutive games in weeks 10 and 11 against South Dakota and Illinois State as the Sycamores were in the midst of a five-game winning streak to close out the year.
The Sycamores will open fall camp Saturday in front of a 12-game schedule which features seven home games at Memorial Stadium.
In two of the first preseason polls, the Sycamores were picked 15th and 18th respectively. ISU returns a plethora of starters on both sides of the ball, including 2018 MVFC Newcomer of the Year Ryan Boyle at quarterback along with four offensive linemen.
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