2021 DCTF All-Small College Team: Sam Houston, UMHB, SFA, Trinity, UIW, and Angelo State have multiple selections

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No other state even comes close to the state of Texas in college football. Of course, teams in other states have been dominant, Alabama and North Dakota State come to mind, but no state has the depth of talent found in Texas.

What is my evidence? At the time of this writing, there are 26 All-Americans from Texas in the small college ranks, and the NJCAA hasn’t released its list yet that is sure to add to the impressive number of superb athletes.

Need more proof? A team from the state of Texas has won a national title in five of the last six years, with Mary Hardin-Baylor and Sam Houston bringing home titles during the 2021 calendar year.

The depth of talent in the small college football ranks is a direct testament to the outstanding high school football athletes across this great state.

There are changes to this year’s team. We have decided to add a Coach of the Year and a Player of the Year on offense and defense. This allows the addition of two more deserving players to the team.

The 2021 Coach of the Year is Jerheme Urban of Trinity. Urban’s eighth season at the helm of the Tigers was his most successful leading Trinity to its first NCAA Division III playoff berth since 2011 and first conference title since 2012. The Tigers were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the eventual national champion, Mary Hardin-Baylor. However, Trinity had the best defense in the country and was the only team to hold the Cru under 20 points all season.

The Offensive Player of the Year is Xavier Gipson from SFA. The wide receiver from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, was a weekly highlight reel while gaining 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns on 74 receptions. He also averaged 11.3 yards on 15 punt returns and returned one punt for a touchdown.

The Defensive Player of the Year is Jefferson Fritz from UMHB. Fritz is one of those rare athletes who can earn All-American honors at two different positions. As a defensive back, Fritz finished the season with 64 tackles, two interceptions, and broke up eight passes while offenses tried to game plan away from the safety. He averaged 9 yards per punt as a punter while placing 19-of-37 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Coach of the Year: Jerheme Urban, Trinity

Offensive Player of the Year: Xavier Gipson, SFA

Defensive Player of the Year: Jefferson Fritz, Mary Hardin-Baylor

DCTF All-Small College Offense

Position

Name

School

Class

Hometown

QB

Cameron Ward

UIW

Sophomore

West Columbia, Texas

RB

Ramon Jefferson

Sam Houston

Junior

Bronx, N.Y.

RB

Keaton Dudik

SAGU

Junior

Waco, Texas

WR

Taylor Grimes

UIW

Junior

Godly, Texas

WR

Jake Parker

Howard Payne

Graduate

Whitehouse, Texas

WR

Jeremiah Aaron

Navarro

Freshman

Natchitoches, La.

OL

Colby Thomas

Sam Houston

Senior

Manvel, Texas

OL

Willis Patrick

Angelo State

Sophomore

Grand Prairie, Texas

OL

Boomer Warren

Hardin-Simmons

Junior

Haslet, Texas

OL

Wyatt Bush

Trinity

Junior

Hempstead, Texas

OL

Jeffery Sims Jr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Senior

Mesquite, Texas

PK

Chris Campos

SFA

Freshman

Nacogdoches, Texas

KR

Dominique Ramsey

Texas A&M-Commerce

Senior

Converse, Texas

 

DCTF All-Small College Defense

Position

Name

School

Class

Hometown

DL

Jahari Kay

Sam Houston

Senior

Berkeley, Calif.

DL

Joseph Wallace

Sam Houston

Senior

Dallas, Texas

DL

Rayshad Nichols

SFA

Senior

Bridge City, La.

DL

Adrian Johnson

Texas Wesleyan

Senior

Center, Texas

LB

Kelechi Anyalebechi

UIW

Senior

Pearland, Texas

LB

Hunter Kyle

Angelo State

Senior

Wichita Falls, Texas

LB

Gavin Forsha

Tyler

Freshman

Nashville, Tenn.

DB

Devin Hafford

Tarleton

Senior

Atascocita, Texas

DB

Zyon McCollum

Sam Houston

Senior

Galveston, Texas

DB

Tobias Harris

West Texas A&M

Junior

Pflugerville, Texas

DB

Jeremy Irving

Trinity

Senior

Dallas, Texas

P

Fernando Piedra

Midwestern State

Sophomore

Jacksboro, Texas

PR

K.J. Miller

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Senior

Orange, Texas

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