Wichita Falls, Tex. - The Saginaw Valley State University football team placed two student-athletes on the 2012 Daktronics Inc. All-Super Region Four first and second teams as announced by the regional committee today (Nov. 29). Standout wide receiver Jeff Janis (Tawas, Mich.) was named to the first team, while safety Jeff Heath (Lake Orion, Mich.) was selected to the second team.
Janis had a record-breaking season for the Cardinals in 2012. To date, his 106 receptions rank second in NCAA Division II, while his 1,635 yards are top in the nation. Janis caught 17 touchdown passes this season and was named GLIAC Offensive "Player of the Week" four times. He registered a GLIAC and SVSU record 300 yards receiving against Lake Erie in week four, and broke the GLIAC and SVSU marks for receptions in a game with an 18 catch effort against Michigan Technological University in week nine. In that same contest, he eclipsed single season SVSU marks for receptions and yards in a season. In the game against Grand Valley State in week 11, Janis set a new single season GLIAC standard for receptions in a season with 91. Janis has also been named one of 24 candidates for the annual Harlon Hill Award in 2012.
Heath finished the season with 77 tackles, 12 passes defended and was tied for the GLIAC lead with five interceptions on the year. For his career, Heath played in and started 36 games, recording 219 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and forcing and recovering four fumbles.
Saginaw Valley ended the 2012 season with a 8-3 record overall and claimed a portion of the GLIAC North Championship. SVSU will open the 2013 season on the road at Northwest Missouri State Univeristy in early September.