Missouri State's Arkin Claims More All-America Honors
Postseason football awards continue to pile up for Missouri State senior offensive lineman David Arkin who has earned Walter Camp Football Foundation and Associated Press All-America honors this week.
He is one of three Missouri Valley Football Conference players on the 26-man Walter Camp Football Foundation team, and claimed first-team AP All-America honors along with Western Illinois linebacker Kyle Glazier and Southern Illinois defensive back Korey Lindsey.
On December 7, Arkin was named to the 25-player American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America squad and was the only MVFC representative on the list.
He started all 11 games for the Bears this season and earned All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team and MVFC All-Academic first team distinction. He also graded out at 87 percent for his senior season with 82 knock-down blocks. He was named MSU Co-Player of the Year and Co-Offensive Player of the Year at the team's annual award banquet.
On Nov. 23, he was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America football team, earning a spot on the second team among all Division I players in both the Bowl and Championship Subdivisions. Arkin was also an Academic All-District VII selection in 2009 and 2010 and will graduate with honors Friday with a 3.72 grade point average in Construction Management and a double minor in Finance and Real Estate.
Earlier this fall, he was named as a preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference pick for the second straight year after landing a spot on the All-MVFC first or second team the previous three seasons. As a first-team all-conference pick In 2009, Arkin posted an 87-percent grade and 71 knockdowns, while recording 43 knockdowns in 2008 with an 84-percent grade as an all-MVFC second-teamer his sophomore year.
He is ranked No. 10 among all 2011 NFL Draft eligible offensive guard prospects by CBSSports.com. He was a six-time MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week, a 20-time MSU Offensive Lineman of the Week and was the recipient of the Fall 2008 Missouri Valley Conference State Farm Good Neighbor Award.
Arkin and the Bears capped a 5-6 season this fall in which Missouri State tied for third place with a 4-4 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bears were also undefeated at home for the first time since 1992, beat three ranked teams, and defeated two Division I playoff teams this season.