WACO, Texas — Fort Hays State senior kicker Dante Brown added more postseason accolades to his resume Tuesday when he was named a second team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association. This honor comes on the heels of earning MIAA Special Teams Player of the Year for a second-straight season.
This is the first All-America honor for Brown from the AFCA. He was a first-team All-America selection last year by the Don Hansen Football Committee and D2CCA, and second-team selection by D2Football.com. He was also dubbed the National Special Teams Player of the Year by the Don Hansen Committee in 2018. He was a finalist for the 2018 Fred Mitchell Outstanding Placekicker Award.
Brown is now a two-time All-America selection as both a kicker and punter. In 2018, he served as both kicker and punter for FHSU, earning All-America honors at each position. He served only as FHSU's punter in 2017 and earned All-America honors that year as well. He has received at least one All-America honor three straight years now.
Brown helped the Tigers to an overall record of 8-3 this season. He finished the year 19-of-23 on field goal attempts, making his final 10 attempts of the season. He converted field goals in eight of 11 games and FHSU won all three games in which he did not produce a field goal.
He had 22 of his 52 PATs for the season in the three games without a field goal. His signature strike of the ball in 2019, a 56-yard bomb, forced overtime in a battle with MIAA Co-Champion Northwest Missouri State on Nov. 9 in Hays. The Tigers fell in double overtime, but that career-long make for Brown was the last field goal attempt of his Tiger career. It was his second conversion from over 50 yards on the season. Brown was solid on kickoffs in 2019, producing an average of 58.8 yards on 83 attempts with 41 touchbacks.
Brown generated 109 points in 2019, adding 52 successful PAT tries to his 19 field goals. In two years, Brown racked up 232 points, which ranks second on the all-time scoring list at FHSU. He produced an FHSU record 123 points in 2018. He made an FHSU record 47 field goals over two seasons, which included an NCAA Division II-leading 28 in 2018. Though he did not serve as the team's punter in 2019, Brown finished with a two-year (2017 and 2018) punting average of 42.4 yards per attempt with 35 of his 84 punts going 50 or more yards, and 39 resulting in drives starting inside the 20.