Illinois State football players Tyree Horton, Drew Himmelman and Markel Smith were named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team on Tuesday.
The team was selected by league coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. The three selections were ISU's most since 2014.
A transfer from TCU, Horton made 10 starts at outside linebacker. The junior tied for 11th in the conference with 6.8 tackles per game and ranked third on the team with 10.5 tackles for loss. Horton was ISU’s leading tackler with 75 total stops, 40 of which were solos, and had 3.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.
Himmelman, a redshirt freshman, started all nine games he played in at left tackle, helping lead the way for All-MVFC First-Team running back James Robinson and Smith. ISU had the fourth-best rushing offense in the MVFC and Robinson was second in the league in rushing touchdowns (12) and third in yards (933).
A sophomore transfer from Central Missouri, Smith was second on the team with 581 yards and four touchdowns.
Gymnastics adds pair: Illinois State gymnastics coach Bob Conkling announced the Mia Quigg of Blue Springs, Mo., and Sofia Iribarren of Madrid, Spain have signed national letters of intent with the Redbirds.
Quigg was a 2017 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Qualifier and all around champion at the 2017 USAG Region 4 Championships. Iribarren has earned numerous all around titles in European competitions.
Crabtree named all-region: IWU sophomore defender Ellie Crabtree was named to the first team of the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III women's All-Central Region team.
A key component to the IWU defense, Crabtree helped the Titans post a 17-5 record while limiting opponents to 0.86 goals per game.
Freshman Cameron Hindel was named to the second team and sophomore Flower Edington earned third-team honors, while the IWU men placed sophomore Doug Ballard on the third-team squad.