by Missouri State Athletics
Three Missouri State football standouts were named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference Preseason All-Defensive Team, the league announced Wednesday.
Representing the Bears with preseason accolades are first-team selection Angelo Garbutt, a senior linebacker, and second-team picks McNeece Egbim (Sr., LB) and Matt McClellan (Sr., DL).
Garbutt was a Preseason All-MVFC standout last season as well, ultimately earning All-MVFC honorable mention laurels at season’s end in 2018. He was also named by Phil Steele as an all-conference second team selection as a junior after ranking 31st nationally and fifth in the MVFC with team-best 99 total tackles. He also posted 45 solo stops and 8.0 tackles for loss with 2.5 sacks while starting all 11 games at Will linebacker. The product of Carrollton, Texas recorded 10 or more tackles in five straight games during the 2018 season.
Egbim, a senior from Rowlett, Texas, was a team co-captain as a junior and earned All-MVFC honorable mention honors at linebacker. He ranked 44th nationally and sixth in MVFC in total tackles per game (8.7) after bringing down 96 ball carriers with 9.0 tackles for loss, both of which ranked second on the club. He also led all MSU players with 48 solo stops and posted double-figure tackles in three straight games in 2018.
McClellan, a senior from Ferguson, Mo., earned a spot on the 2018 MVFC All-Newcomer Team. He led the Bears with 10.5 tackles for loss and shared the team lead with 6.0 sacks. He ranked 67th nationally with 0.55 sacks per game which was eighth in the MVFC. He also finished his first season in Springfield with 39 total tackles and 14 solo efforts with at least one sack in his first six games at MSU.
On Tuesday, wide receiver Tyler Currie earned a spot on the MVFC Preseason Offensive Team as a second-team selection.
Missouri State, which opened fall camp on Tuesday, returns 13 starters, 44 lettermen and 77 total squad members for coach Dave Steckel’s fifth season at the helm of the Bears.