NEW YORK, N.Y. - Having already captured All-American honors for the first time in his career earlier this week, Saginaw Valley State University wide receiver Jeff Janis (Tawas, Mich.) added another line to his resume today (Dec. 14) by being named to the Associated Press Little All-America squad. Janis was the only player from the state of Michigan to be selected to the team.
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. Jacobs was also named to the AP Little All-America team.
Saginaw Valley ended the 2012 season with an 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 University in early September.
The AP Little All-America team honors only players from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA.