The 2017 MIAA Champion Fort Hays State University football team was honored heavily on the all-MIAA football team, released Tuesday.

Tiger coach Chris Brown was named the 2017 Coach of the Year after leading FHSU to its first conference championship since 1995, its first the MIAA, and the first 11-win season in Tiger history. FHSU also earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming NCAA Division II Super Region 3 playoffs. Brown is in his seventh year with the program.

Tiger senior defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd was named the Defensive Player of the Year and kicker Brandon Brown earned the Special Teams Player of the Year nod. Shepherd has 37 tackles this season, including 12 for loss with four sacks. He also has four quarterback hurries. He also recently was invited to participate in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl, which will take place Jan. 20 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Brandon Brown, earning the special teams nod, was a perfect 46-for-46 on PATs this season, finishing 15-of-20 on field goals to set a new program record with 91 kicking points for the Tigers.

In addition, senior running back Kenneth Iheme, wide receiver Monterio Burchfield and senior lineman Travis Talley earned first-team offense honors. Iheme finished the regular season with 1,218 rushing yards and 11 scores, while also being the Tigers’ third-leading receiver with 314 yards and two scores.

Burchfield was the Tigers’ top pass-catcher with 911 receiving yards and eight scores on 44 catches. He had a season-long 76-yard reception, averaging 82.8 receiving yards per contest.

Talley, a fifth-year senior, led an experienced offensive line for the MIAA champs, helping pave the way for an offense that recorded 2,064 rushing yards and 2,918 passing yards.

Shepherd headlines a first-team defense that includes four Tigers, including junior Doyin Jibowu, junior Jose Delgado and senior Kamon Clayton.

Jibowu recorded five interceptions during the regular season, returning them for 32 yards, and had 56 tackles, including seven for loss and nine pass breakups.

Delgado, from Derby, was the Tigers’ top tackler, recording 94 tackles (53 solo) with 7.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also had a quarterback hurry, three break ups and a fumble recovery.

Clayton broke up 12 passes and had a fumble recovery for the Tigers, recording 36 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.

Below is the full all-MIAA list:

MIAA Offensive Player of the Year – JT Luper, WR, Central Oklahoma


MIAA Defensive Player of the Year – Nathan Shepherd, DL, Fort Hays State


MIAA Special Teams Player of the Year – Brandon Brown, K, Fort Hays State


MIAA Freshmen of the Year – Devante Turner, RB, Central Missouri


MIAA Coach of the Year – Chris Brown, Fort Hays State
 


First Team (Offense)


QB – Brook Bolles, Central Missouri


RB –  Kenneth Iheme, Fort Hays State** 

RB – Devante Turner, Central Missouri

WR – Justin Brown, Emporia State


WR – Monterio Burchfield, Fort Hays State 

WR – JT Luper, Central Oklahoma**


TE/FB – Seth Hebert, Central Missouri


OL – Kane Barker, Central Missouri

OL – Codey Funk, Pittsburg State

OL – Bob Marco, Washburn


OL – Sam Noble, Central Oklahoma


OL – Travis Talley, Fort Hays State


K – Brandon Brown, Fort Hays State


PR/PR – Corey Ballentine, Washburn


**=Unanimous selection
 


First Team (Defense)


DL – Austen Eskew, Northwest Missouri 

DL – Jonathan Harris, Lindenwood


DL – Simanu’a Thomas, Pittsburg State 

DL – Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State**


LB – Ben Althoff, Northwest Missouri


LB – Gabe Cleveland, Emporia State


LB – Jose Delgado, Fort Hays State


LB – Cody Lindsay, Missouri Western


DB – Kamon Clayton, Fort Hays State


DB – Doyin Jibowu, Fort Hays State


DB –  Marcus Jones, Northwest Missouri** 

DB – Monteze Latimore, Central Missouri

DB –  D.J. Olmstead, Washburn


P –  Justin Marcha, Emporia State


**=Unanimous selection
 

Team Reflects Tie in the Voting


Second Team (Offense)


QB – Jacob Mezera, Fort Hays State


RB – Landon Nault, Emporia State


RB –  Michael Rose, Pittsburg State

RB –  Koby Wilkerson, Central Missouri

WR – Shawn Bane, Jr., Northwest Missouri


WR – Gary McKnight, Jr., Northeastern State


WR – Jaylen Zachery, Central Missouri


TE/FB – Matthew Wendelberger, Fort Hays State

OL – Hayden Eatinger, Missouri Western

OL – Zach Flott, Northwest Missouri


OL – Chris Gomez, Central Missouri


OL – Max Oeser, Missouri Western 

OL – Thomas O’Grady, Emporia State


K – Tyler Basch, Missouri Western


PR/PR – Kendell Sparks, Lindenwood

Team Reflects Tie in the Voting

Second Team (Defense)


DL – Tre Vaughn Ammons, Emporia State


DL – Darrian Bass, Missouri Western 

DL – Caleb Mather, Northwest Missouri 

DL – Wyatt Parker, Fort Hays State


DL – Trey Parker, Washburn

LB – Alex Figueroa, Central Oklahoma


LB – Derrick McGreevy, Washburn 

LB – Austin Miller, Central Missouri


LB – La’More Wise, Northeastern State


DB – Corey Ballentine, Washburn

DB – Marcus Brantley, Pittsburg State

DB – Anthony Lane, Northwest Missouri


DB – Jonathan Owens, Missouri Western 

DB – Bakari Triggs, Lindenwood


P –  Zach Davidson, Central Missouri

Team Reflects Tie in the Voting


Third Team (Offense)


QB – Chas Stallard, Central Oklahoma


RB –  Calen Campbell, Lindenwood 

RB –  Mickeel Stewart, Washburn 

RB – Charles Tigner, Fort Hays State


WR – Josh Crockett, Central Oklahoma


WR – Austin Panko, Pittsburg State 

WR – Kyrion Parker, Central Missouri 

WR – Deantrell Prince, Lindenwood

TE/FB – Jordan Grove, Northwest Missouri


OL – Donald Blackmon, Fort Hays State


OL – Pat Kelly, Fort Hays State


OL – Akil Williams, Lindenwood


OL – Bo Farrow, Pittsburg State


OL – Kyle Hinton, Washburn


K – Alex Langer, Central Missouri


PR/PR – Austin Panko, Pittsburg State


Team Reflects Tie in the Voting
 


Third Team (Defense)


DL – Carson Smith, Central Oklahoma


DL – Hinwa Allieu, Nebraska-Kearney


DL – Bobby Gruenloh, Northwest Missouri


DL – Ben Spaeth, Northwest Missouri


LB – Colton Lindsey, Central Oklahoma


LB – Nick Hess, Northwest Missouri


LB – Ethan Fugitt, Pittsburg State

DB – George Brown, Nebraska-Kearney


DB – Omari Cole, Central Oklahoma 

DB –  Brandin Dandridge, Missouri Western 

DB – Diaron Rhodes, Central Missouri


DB – Darrius Williams, Lindenwood

P – Dante Brown, Fort Hays State
 


Honorable Mention

Central Missouri: Jake Heckler, OL; Connor Flagel, DL; Triphinue Taylor, DL; Garrett Cline, Long Snapper; Wes Thomas, WR; Alex Lackey LB

Central Oklahoma: Caleb Moss, TE; Noah Hammons, OL; Aaron Williams, OL; Riley Galyon, DB; Stephan Robinson, DB; Alex Quevedo, K

Emporia State: Braxton Marstall, QB; Louis Dailey, WR; Gary Woods II, DB; A.J. West, DB; Jake Warehime, OL; Estevan Arana, OL

Fort Hays State: Tyler Bacon, WR; Harley Hazlett, WR; Tanner Hoekman, DB; Luke Wright, DL; Kolt Trachsel, LB; Connor Shedeed, DB

Lindenwood: Evan Pumphrey, OL; Ace Rogers, DB; Michael Crowder, P; Lucas Beddow, OL; Antonio Davis, DL; Najee Jackson, QB

Missouri Southern: Aaron Leo, OL; Chris Williams, DE; Alex Wade, S; Carter Rees, S; Mike Dzierzega, OL; Roc Robbins, LB

Missouri Western: Shawn Rouse, OL; Austin Burau, TE; Ian McIntosh, FB; Nate Iloilo, DL; Shamar Griffith, KR/PR; Jonathan Owens, KR/PR

Nebraska-Kearney: Josh Stoltenberg, OL; Tye Spies; DL; Sal Silvio, LB; Dallas Vaughn, DB; Malik Webb, DB

Northeastern State: Brian West, OL; Zac King, WR; Caleb Hash, OL; Michael Davis, FB; T’nheous Smith, DL; La’Vonte White, DB

Northwest Missouri: Zach Martin, QB; Shane Williams, WR; Clayton Wilson, TE; Ryan Huff, OL; Tanner Owen; OL; Samuel Roberts, DL

Pittsburg State: Jovon Wilson, TE; Zach Thomas, OL; Bradley Payne, DL; Morgan Selemaea, LB; Darian Taylor, LB; Juante Baldwin, DB; Josh Hornback, DB; Carnell Lewis, DB; Jared Vincent, K

Washburn: James Brania-Hopp, WR; Peter Pfannensteil, DB; Carey Woods, WR; Cedric Gonzalez, LB; Jalen Durham, DL; Perry Schmiedeler, K/P