Success can be measured in a variety of ways. If your definition of success is only measured by national titles, you will often be disappointed. That is unless you’re North Dakota State.
While no sub-FBS team from Texas will claim a national title this year for only the second time since 2016, having two teams (UIW and Mary Hardin-Baylor) make a national semifinal qualifies as a great season. Add in Angelo State’s run to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, and it was a fantastic 2022 in Texas.
UIW, UMHB, and Angelo State are well-represented on this year’s All-Texas Sub-FBS Team for their outstanding success. The Cardinals and Crusaders lead all schools with six selections, while the Rams follow with five players on the team. Trinity advanced to the second round of the Division III playoffs and earned three selections, with Texas Southern being the only other program to place multiple members on the team.
In all, 18 of 35 teams are represented this year, including seven FCS schools, three Division II programs, four Division III teams, and two from teams in NAIA and NJCAA.
A new addition to the team this year is the Coach of the Year selection. It was impossible only to pick one with two coaches leading their programs to a national semifinal in their first season as head coaches at their respective schools.
G.J. Kinne led UIW to new heights this year with a program-record 12 wins and the Cardinals first appearance in the FCS semifinals. Larry Harmon followed legendary coach Pete Fredenburg at UMHB and led the Crusaders to the national semifinals. Kinne and Harmon share the All-Sub FBS Team Coach of the Year honors.
Offensive Player of the Year had one of the greatest seasons of any quarterback at any level of college football. UIW quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. completed an insane 70.93 percent pass attempts this year for 4,686 yards and 60 touchdowns. Possibly the most ridiculous stat from the likely Walter Payton Award winner is that he only threw an interception on 0.02 percent of his pass attempts (8 INTs in 454 attempts) this year.
The Defensive Player of the Year is UMHB linebacker Durand Hill. Earlier this season, Crusaders coach Larry Harmon told me his sophomore standout could depart the program as the best linebacker to ever play for the Cru. Hill recorded 124 tackles, including 71 solo and 8.5 tackles for loss. The Austin native excels in pass coverage, with 13 passes defended this year and two interceptions.
2022 All-Texas Sub-FBS Superlatives
Co-Coach of the Year: G.J. Kinne, UIW and Larry Harmon, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Offensive Player of the Year: Lindsey Scott. Jr., UIW
Defensive Player of the Year: Durand Hill, Mary Hardin-Baylor
2022 All-Texas Sub-FBS Offense
QB: Kyle King, Mary Hardin-Baylor
RB: Nathaniel Omayebu III, Angelo State
RB: Keaton Dudik, SAGU
WR: Xavier Gipson, Stephen F. Austin
WR: Darion Chafin, UIW
WR: Taylor Grimes, UIW
WR: Trent Hudson, Trinity Valley
OL: Drake Centers, Texas Southern
OL: Jake Long, Angelo State
OL: Ethan Ruckman, Mary Hardin-Baylor
OL: Boomer Warren, Hardin-Simmons
OL: Wyatt Bush, Trinity
2022 All-Texas Sub-FBS Defense
DL: Chris Whitaker, UIW
DL: Weston Bauer, Angelo State
DL: Sante Parker Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
DL: Derrick Martin, Kilgore
LB: Kelechi Anyalebechi, UIW
LB: Rodney Dansby, Houston Christian
LB: Daron Allman, Angelo State
LB: Caleb Harmel, Trinity
DB: B.J. Foster, Sam Houston
DB: D’Ante Smith, Texas A&M-Commerce
DB: Isaiah Hamilton, Texas Southern
DB: Andrew Pitts, Angelo State
2022 All-Texas Sub-FBS Specialists
PK: Ritse Vaes, Midwestern State
P: Tyler James, Austin College
KR: M.J. Link, UTPB
KR: Jaysen Price, Texas Wesleyan
PR: K.J. Miller, Mary Hardin-Baylor
PR: B.J. Stewart, Trinity
LS: Brandon Oldham, Tarleton
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