Jan 03, 2020 1:15 AM

FHSU's Dante Brown receives All-America first team honors from D2Football.com

Posted Jan 03, 2020 1:15 AM

D2Football.com released its All-America Football Team for the 2019 season. Fort Hays State senior kicker Dante Brown is a first-team selection. He was a second-team selection by D2Football.com last year. Brown has now received All-America honors from four organizations so far this year.

For the 2019 season, Brown averaged 1.72 field goals per game in 2019, succeeding on 19-of-23 attempts. He added in a school-record 52 PAT makes for 109 points on the season. He racked up 232 points over two years, making 47 field goals and 91 PAT tries as the Tigers' kicker.

In 2018, Brown had one of the most successful kicking seasons in NCAA Division II history, converting 28 field goals out of 33 attempts. His 28 field goals in 2018 were second most for a season in Division II history, only two shy of the record 30 set by Jeff Glas from the University of North Dakota in 2005. Brown broke the MIAA record of 25 made by Simon Mathieson in 2015, but Mathieson set that record in 15 games played compared to just 12 for Brown. Brown also broke Mathieson's MIAA record for attempts in a season. His 123 points in 2018 set a new FHSU single-season scoring record.

Even with his impressive accolades at kicker, Brown was also an All-America selection at punter in both 2017 and 2018 for Fort Hays State. He served as both the team's kicker and punter in 2018, earning All-MIAA First Team accolades at both positions. He averaged 41.4 yards per punt in 2018 with 14 attempts going for more than 50 yards. He tied the school record for longest punt with an 84-yard boot. In 2017, he served solely as the team's punter and averaged 43.5 yards per attempt, which included 21 attempts going for more than 50 yards. Over the two years in a punting role, he averaged 42.4 yards per attempt, second best in FHSU history.

Brown was a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Placekicker Award for a second straight year in 2019. The award is given annually to a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA placekicker that excels on the football field and in the community. Luis Aguilar of Northern Arizona University (FCS) received the award this year. Brown was one of three kickers from NCAA Division II to make the finalist list.

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Tigers host No. 18 Missouri Southern in first game of new year
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Fort Hays State Men's Basketball prepares for its first MIAA home contest of the season on Saturday against No. 18 ranked Missouri Southern. Tipoff is at 4 pm, following the women's contest at 2 pm. The Tigers are looking for a second-straight home win over a nationally ranked opponent. FHSU enters at 6-4 overall and 0-2 in the MIAA, while the Lions are 9-2 overall and 2-0 in MIAA play.

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The Tigers are 3-0 at home so far this season, outscoring its opposition by an average of 39.0 points per game inside Gross Memorial Coliseum. All three of those contests were against NAIA opponents, which included Sterling College, Bethel College, and Avila University. Now the Tigers prepare for the grind of MIAA play, which makes up 17 of their 18 remaining games. A rescheduled non-conference home date with Kansas Wesleyan on January 27 is the only interruption from MIAA play the rest of the way this season.

Fort Hays State looks for its first conference win of the year after road losses at Nebraska-Kearney and Emporia State back in early December. The Tigers are looking for two wins in a row over nationally ranked opponents at home, and coincidentally against the same opponent. FHSU defeated a No. 25 ranked Missouri Southern team in Gross Memorial Coliseum last year by a score of 89-84 on February 28, 2019 in the second-to-last home game of the season. FHSU has won five straight contests against Missouri Southern inside Gross Memorial Coliseum dating back to the 2012-13 season. The last win for MSSU in the coliseum occurred during the 2011-12 season when it held a ranking of No. 14 in the nation.

Four of the five FHSU starters average more than 10 points per game, led by Devin Davis at 12.2. Jake Hutchings is right behind at 12.0, while Jared Vitztum leads the team in rebounds at 8.0 per game, while chipping in 11 points per game. Nyjee Wright leads in assists at 2.2 per game, while adding 10.6 points per contest. Alvin Thompson is the top scorer off the bench for FHSU at 7.3 points per game, shooting an efficient 55.8 percent from the field and 56.3 percent beyond the 3-point line.

Missouri Southern counters with All-America forward Cam Martin, who averages 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He earned All-America honors and a first-team All-MIAA selection as a sophomore last year. The Lions are ranked No. 18 in both the NABC (coaches) and D2SIDA (media) national polls.