Fort Hays State's Dante Brown highlighted the Tigers’ recognition on the Don Hansen All-America team, with the FHSU placekicker/punter named NCAA Division II special teams player of the year by the Don Hansen Football Committee.
Brown was a first-team pick on the Hansen All-American team as a placekicker after leading the nation with 28 made field goals during his junior season, setting a program and MIAA record. The Ontario native made 28 of 33 field goal attempts and set FHSU’s single-season record for points with 123.
Brown, the 2018 MIAA special teams player of the year, was also a first-team D2CCA All-American pick and earned second-team honors from D2Football.com.
Three other Tigers earned Hansen honors on defense. Senior linebacker Jose Delgado was a first-team All-America pick while senior bandit Doyin Jibowu earned third-team honors and senior defensive lineman Wyatt Parker was honorable mention. Brown also received honorable mention as a punter.
Delgado, the MIAA defensive player of the year, finished his senior season with 117 tackles, reaching double figures in tackles in eight of the 12 games he played this season. The Derby product is Fort Hays State’s all-time leading tackler in the NCAA Division II era with 402 career tackles. He also received first-team All-America honors from D2CCA and second-team honors from D2football.com.
Jibowu had 57 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass breakups last season while Parker finished with 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles on the year.
Other MIAA players represented on one of the top three Hansen All-America teams were Washburn cornerback Corey Ballentine (first team), Washburn receiver James Brania-Hopp (second team), Lindenwood tight end Erik Henneman (second team), Pittsburg State defensive lineman Simanu’a Thomas (second team) and Northwest Missouri defensive end Austen Eskew (third team).
Ferris State quarterback Jayru Campbell was offensive player of the year, Angelo State D-end Markus Jones was defensive player of the year and Notre Dame College (Ohio) running back Jaleel McLaughlin was freshman of the year. Valdosta State’s Kerwin Bell and Notre Dame College's Mike Jacobs shared coach of the year honors.