BAY CITY, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University junior wide receiver Jeff Janis (Tawas, Mich.) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "Offensive Player of the Week" for the fourth time this season after leading the Cardinals to a 55-52 win over No. 15 Grand Valley State University last Saturday.
Janis hauled in the game-winning touchdown catch with just nine seconds left to help the Cardinals defeat No. 15 Grand Valley State, 55-52, on Saturday. He also caught his 90th pass this season in a GLIAC game to break the previous mark of 89 receptions that had been held by Carlton Brewster of Ferris State since 2000. Janis finished the day with 10 catches for 165 yards and two scores through the air. He added a TD on a 15-yard reverse for SVSU's second score of the afternoon.
On Friday, Janis was named one of 24 candidates for the 2012 Harlon Hill Award by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee. He had a record-breaking season for the Cardinals this year. To date, his 106 receptions rank second in DII, while his 1,635 yards are top in the nation. He has also caught 17 touchdown passes this season and has been named the GLIAC Offensive "Player of the Week" four times this season. Janis registered a GLIAC and SVSU record 300 yards receiving against Lake Erie in week 4, he also broke the GLIAC and SVSU mark for receptions with an 18 catch effort against Michigan Tech in week 9. In that same contest, he eclipsed single season SVSU marks for receptions and yards in a season. In the game against Grand Valley in week 11, Janis set a new single season GLIAC standard for receptions in a season with 91.
The Cardinals finished their season with an 8-3 record overall and 7-3 mark in the GLIAC. SVSU also claimed a share of the GLIAC North Title for the second consecutive year.