RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Fort Hays State had three players named to the D2CCA All-Super Region 3 Team on Friday (Nov. 30). First-team honors went to senior linebacker Jose Delgado and junior kicker Dante Brown, while Delgado also earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Doyin Jibowu earned second-team honors at safety.
Delgado adds another special honor to his collection this season with the Super Region 3 Defensive Player of the Year selection. Also the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, Delgado finished the year with 117 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. He reached double figures in tackles eight times in the 12 games played in 2018, reaching 14 twice. He reached double figures in a game 20 times throughout his 44-game career with the Tigers, earning All-MIAA honors three times and first-team honors the last two years. With 402 career tackles, he became the all-time tackles leader in Fort Hays State's NCAA Division II era. Fort Hays State now has two of the last three D2CCA Defensive Players of the Year after Sie Doe, Jr. earned the honor at defensive end in 2016.
Brown is a first-team selection at placekicker. He had a tremendous season as both Fort Hays State's kicker and punter, leading the nation in field goals made with 28. He averaged an NCAA-best 2.33 field goals per game, breaking the MIAA record for field goals in a season by three and coming just two shy of the NCAA Division II single-season record. He converted 84.8 percent of his field goal attempts, going 28-of-33 for the season, to rank sixth in NCAA Division II. Brown also shattered the Fort Hays State single-season record for points with 123, going past the mark of 94 set last year by his predecessor at placekicker, Brandon Brown. With 123 points, Brown ranks ninth in NCAA Division II in scoring. Along with his duties as kicker, Brown punted the ball 67 times for 2,772 yards, averaging 41.4 yards per attempt.
Jibowu is now a two-time All-Super Region 3 selection at safety. He earned second team honors this year after getting a first-team nod last year. He finished the year with 57 tackles, including 6 for loss, 2 interceptions, 1 sack, and 11 pass breakups. Jibowu wrapped his impressive four-year career at FHSU with 276 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 9 interceptions, and 26 pass breakups. He was an All-MIAA First Team selection at defensive back for the second straight year and three-time selection overall.