Wichita Falls, Tex. - Saginaw Valley State University junior wide receiver Jeff Janis (Tawas, Mich.) was selected to the 2012 Daktronics Inc. All-America First Team as announced by the national committee today (Dec. 11).
Janis had a record-breaking season for the Cardinals in 2012. His 106 receptions ranked second in NCAA Division II, while his 1,635 yards were 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 catches. Janis was also one of 24 candidates nominated for the annual Harlon Hill Award in 2012.
Janis becomes the first Saginaw Valley football player since John Jacobs in 2009 to be named an All-American.
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.
The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable displays systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).