All-MVFC Honorable Mention selection ... started 12 of 13 games played at strong side linebacker ... ranked fourth on the team with 72 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss ... forced two fumbles, had four quarterback hurries and added a pass breakup ... posted a sack in six different games ... had at least one TFL in 10 games ... had a season-best 11 tackles in a road win at Western Illinois ... had a sack and forced fumble in the road win at Eastern Michigan ... also forced a sack, forced fumble and added seven tackles in a road victory at Indiana State ... recorded a season-best 1.5 sacks and 2.5 TFL in the second-round road victory at Appalachian State.
All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection ... MVFC All-Newcomer Team selection ... started 10 games at outside linebacker for the Redbirds, who led the conference in total defense (294.8 ypg) ... led the team and was second in the Valley with 15 tackles-for-loss ... ranked second on the team with 66 tackles and 6.5 sacks ... has also added four quarterback hurries and forced a fumble ... named MVFC Newcomer of the Week, after recording eight tackles, three sacks and four tackles-for-loss in a win over nationally-ranked South Dakota ... had a season-high 11 tackles to go along with a sack and 2.5 tackles-for-loss in his Redbird debut against Eastern Illinois ... tallied at least a half of a sack in five games and a half tackle-for-loss in 10 games.
Played in nine games for the Illini ... recorded six tackles on the season ... posted two tackles in a win over Indiana ... also added a pair of stops the following week in a win over Purdue.
Played in all 12 games, starting five ... earned third-team all-freshman honors at linebacker from Phil Steele Magazine ... finished the season with 19 tackles, 12 of which were solo stops, and added two tackles-for-loss ... also recovered two fumbles and broke up a pass ... ranked eighth in the Big Ten with 0.17 fumbles recovered per game ... had three tackles at Purdue ... had four tackles and his second fumble recovery of the season against Penn State ... registered a career-best five tackles in his first collegiate start against Ohio State and also had a tackle for loss and recovered a fumble against the Buckeyes ... logged one tackle against Illinois State.
H.D. Woodson HS...As a senior, recorded 79 tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles ... posted 78 tackles, 11 sacks and three fumble recoveries as a junior ... rated among the top-50 strongside linebackers nationally according to Scout.com ... high school coach was Gregory Fuller.
Born May 24, 1990 ... full name is Evan Hardy Frierson.
- 2012 PRESEASON MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES/SIDS): LB-Evan Frierson, ILS, Sr., has been selected Preseason All-Missouri Valley Football First Team for the 2012 college football season as selected by the MVC head coaches, sports information directors & select media. Frierson made an immediate impact on the Redbird defense and started 10 games at outside linebacker for ISU, which led the conference in total defense (294.8 ypg) in 2011. The Washington, D.C., native was named a First-Team All-MVFC and All-Newcomer Team selection and led the team and was second in the Valley with 15 tackles-for-loss and ranked second on the team with 66 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Frierson was also selected as a 2012 third-team preseason All-American by College Sporting News. - Illinois State football
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