Fort Hays State received a final ranking of No. 22 in the final D2Football.com Poll for 2018. The Tigers mirror their final AFCA Poll ranking after finishing the season 9-3 overall.
Fort Hays State held a Top 25 ranking in 12 of the 13 polls released by D2Football.com this season. The only absence from the poll was after a Week 6 loss to Emporia State, but the Tigers jumped back in after their Week 7 win against Pittsburg State. FHSU was in the top 25 in 10 of the 11 weeks during the regular season, while also gracing the preseason and final polls. A No. 8 ranking following the first week of play was the highest for the Tigers in the D2Football.com Poll this year.
Fort Hays State earned its second-straight MIAA Championship in 2018, going 9-2 in the regular season. The Tigers were a perfect 11-0 in MIAA play in 2017. The Tigers also made their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Linebacker Jose Delgado and kicker Dante Brown earned their second All-America honors for the 2018 season, this time from D2Football.com. Both received All-America Second Team selections from the organization. They add this honor after both received All-America First Team honors from the D2CCA.
Delgado was the D2CCA Super Region 3 Defensive Player of the Year and MIAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2018. He 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. Delgado 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.
Brown was the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2018. He led 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 fifth 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 ranked 11th in NCAA Division II for total points scored. Brown also was the team's punter with 67 punts for 2,772 yards, averaging 41.4 yards per attempt. He was an All-MIAA First Team selection at both kicker and punter this year.