Tigers land 12 on All-MIAA Football Teams
The Fort Hays State football team had 12 players named to the 2013 All-MIAA Football Team, released on Tuesday (Nov. 19). The Tigers had five selections on both offense and defense, and two special teams selections. Seven of the 12 selections were seniors in 2013.
Earning second-team selections were junior Micheal Jordan at defensive back and senior Mario Abundez at offensive lineman. Grabbing third-team honors were senior Andre Smith at running back, senior Keaton Callins at wide receiver, junior Jesse Trent at defensive lineman, and sophomore Justin McPhail at linebacker. Earning honorable mention selections were senior Tanner Hageman at wide receiver, senior Cameron Owens at punter, senior Jeremy Jones at defensive lineman, senior Greg List at offensive lineman, junior Michael Terry at linebacker, and freshman DeAndre James at kick returner.
Micheal Jordan was named to the All-MIAA Team for the second straight year after an honorable mention selection in 2012. Jordan led the team in interceptions in 2013 with five, tying the eighth-most in a single season at FHSU. He ranked third on the team in tackles with 70 and had three pass break-ups, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. He tied for the MIAA lead in interceptions in the regular season.
Mario Abundez impressed at right tackle in his senior year to earn second team honors on the offensive line. He helped the team to 4,721 total yards for the season, the third-most in school history. He started all 11 contests for FHSU. He helped block for Fort Hays State's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004 and the first quarterback in school history to throw for at least 2,000 yards and rush for at least 500 in the same season.
Andre Smith grabbed All-MIAA honors at running back for the second time in his career at FHSU with a third-team selection after honorable mention honors in 2011. Smith became the first 1,000-yard rusher at FHSU since the 2004 season, finishing 2013 with 1,013. It took a career-high effort from Smith to reach the plateau as he rushed for 210 yards in the season finale against Nebraska-Kearney. He also added 212 receiving yards to lead the team with 1,225 all-purpose yards, averaging 111.4 per game. He finished his career with 1,981 rushing yards and 2,627 all-purpose yards. Smith ranked fifth in the MIAA in rushing yards per game (92.1) for the regular season.
Keaton Callins had a great senior year at wide receiver to earn third team honors. With just 26 receptions in his career entering 2013, Callins had a standout season with a team-leading 53 receptions for 756 yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranked eighth in the MIAA in receiving yards per game (68.7) and 10th in receptions per game (4.8) in the regular season. His 11 touchdown receptions ranked third for a single-season in FHSU history and also third in the MIAA this year. He tied for eighth in the MIAA in scoring among non-kickers, averaging 6.5 points per game with 12 total touchdowns for the season. Callins also had 10 punt returns for 126 yards and a touchdown this year. Callins finished his career with 79 receptions for 1,087 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns.
Jesse Trent earned third-team honors on the defensive line. He ranked ninth for FHSU in tackles with 41 and had a half sack to his credit. His 7.0 tackles for loss ranked second on the team. Trent now has a total of 90 tackles in his career.
Justin McPhail earned third-team honors at linebacker. He led the Tigers in tackles with 90 and he added four tackles for loss including two sacks. He also recorded an interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery and three pass break-ups on the year. McPhail ranked ninth in the MIAA in tackles per game (8.2) in the regular season. He now has 99 tackles at the midway point of his collegiate career.
Tanner Hageman closed out his collegiate career with honorable mention honors at wide receiver. He ranked second on the team in receptions with 31 and third in receiving yards with 412. He finished his career with 74 receptions for 925 yards and seven touchdowns.
Cameron Owens capped his career with honorable mention honors at punter. He averaged 41.3 yards on 40 punts with 68 yards as his best effort in 2013. He had 16 punts inside the 20 and 11 punts resulted in fair catches. His average of 41.3 ranked fifth for a single-season at FHSU. His career average of 39.6 yards per punt ranks him third in school history. He was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week and National Special Teams Player of the Week once in 2013.
Jeremy Jones finished his career with honorable mention honors on the defensive line. Jones led the Tigers in sacks (5.0) and tackles for loss (9.0) in 2013. He ranked eighth in the MIAA in sacks and 12th in tackles for loss in the regular season. He also ranked sixth on the team in total tackles with 47. Jones finished his career as a Tiger with 65 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 11.5 tackles for loss over two years.
Greg List, who entered the 2013 season with just one game played, emerged to earn honorable mention honors on the offensive line. He started all 11 games for FHSU at center. He helped the team to 4,721 total yards for the season, the third-most in school history. He helped block for Fort Hays State's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004 and the first quarterback in school history to throw for at least 2,000 yards and rush for at least 500 in the same season.
Michael Terry picked up his first All-MIAA honor with an honorable mention nod at linebacker. Terry ranked second in tackles for FHSU with 75. He also had one sack, one forced fumble, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries (one that went for 94 yards). Terry now has 110 total tackles in his career at FHSU.
DeAndre James burst onto the scene in his true freshman season to earn honorable mention honors as a kick returner. James averaged 25.2 yards on 20 kick returns for a total of 504 kick return yards. The 504 yards ranks 10th most for a single-season in FHSU history. He ranked sixth in the MIAA in kick return average. James also recorded six tackles for the season as a special teamer and back-up defensive back.