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Western Illinois Football seniors Brett Taylor (linebacker) and Jaelon Acklin (wide receiver) have added additional hardware to their 2017 collection. Both Taylor and Acklin were named as AP All-American honorees. 


Taylor, who made the AP All-American Second Team last season, earned First Team honors for the 2017 season. The Buck Buchanan Award Finalist (given to the FCS Defensive Player of the Year) and Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year led the FCS in tackles (162), stops per game (13.5) and assisted tackles (96).  


Taylor becomes the first Leatherneck since Kyle Glazier (2009, 2010) to earn two AP All-American honors. The Macomb native finished his career at Western with 469 tackles and 266 solo stops, which are each the third-most in school history, respectively. His 203 career assisted tackles rank fourth in program history.


Acklin was named to the 2017 AP All-American Second Team, following his breakout senior season. Acklin finished the year second in the nation in receiving yards (1,369), fifth in receiving yards per game (114.1), seventh in total touchdowns (14), ninth in all-purpose yards per game (135.33), 11th in receptions per game (7.0) and 14th in receiving scores (10).