Harbor and Arkin Named to Sports Network Preseason All-America Squads
Missouri State offensive standouts Clay Harbor (6-4, 243, Sr., TE, Dwight, Ill.) and David Arkin (6-5, 298, Jr., OG, Wichita, Kan.) have been named to the Sports Network Preseason All-America team, the organization announced late Thursday.
Harbor was named a preseason Second-Team All-America selection at tight end. He snagged 40 receptions for 457 yards in 2008 for the Bears, both tops on the squad, and earned Associated Press All-America second-team honors. Harbor is a two-time, first-team All-MVFC pick as well as twice being recognized on the AP All-America list. The senior-to-be finished sixth in the conference in 2008 in receptions per game (3.64) and receiving yards per game (41.55), both tops among league tight ends. He extended his active streak to 22 consecutive games with at least one pass reception in the season finale at Indiana State on November 22 and snagged eight catches for a career-high 113 yards against preseason league favorite North Dakota State on November 15. He became the 15th Missouri State receiver to eclipse 1,000 career receiving yards and was a two-time Coors MSU Player of the Week recipient during his junior campaign.
Arkin was named a preseason Third-Team All-America pick at offensive guard. He graded out at 86 percent during the 2008 season, starting all 11 games at offensive guard. He was named the team's Offensive Lineman of the Week four times this season, also gaining the squad's Offensive Player of the Week distinction twice. He was a 2008 All-Valley preseason selection in addition to being named to the league's All-Newcomer Team and Second-Team All-Conference squads the past two seasons. Arkin also helped the Bears post the 69th-best rushing offense (130.0 yards per game) in the nation this season and the 72nd-best passing offense (182.9).
The Bears, under fourth-year head coach Terry Allen, kick off the 2009 campaign on September 5 against Arkansas. The season opener will be played in Little Rock as one of two games hosted by the Razorbacks in the Natural State capital. Season tickets for Missouri State's six home contests are on sale now by calling the Missouri State Box Office at (417) 836-7678 or (888) 476-7849.