Topped team with 10 tackles for minus-35 yards. Led Lions with three sacks. Blocked a punt, recovered a fumble.
DL, Herbert Byrd, Central Oklahoma, 6-4, 275, Sr.
Injuries marred collegiate career, but Byrd finished with a stellar senior season. Led Bronchos with six sacks for minus-34 yards. Blocked three kicks. Totaled 43 tackles, including 12 for minus-53 yards.
LB, Jason Catchings, East Central, 6-2, 233, Sr.
Another standout of a tough defense. Five sacks, 13.5 tackles for minus-45 yards.
LB, Michael Hicks, Southern Nazarene, 6-2, 225, So.
Missed last couple of games with injury, but the hard-hitting linebacker was one of the few bright spots for a struggling team. Totaled 90 tackles, five sacks, three blocked kicks, an interception and one fumble recovery.
LB, Langston Jones, Northeastern, 6-0, 190, Jr.
Paced the RiverHawks with 110 tackles, 11 for minus-43 yards. Broke up three passes, one interception.
DB, Freddie Gaines, East Central, 6-1, 190, Jr.
Finished with seven interceptions and 63 tackles to help ECU finish with a respectable 6-5 record.
DB, Chace Green, Langston, 6-3, 200, So.
Led Lions with 65 tackles, including 49 solo stops. Intercepted two passes, one returned for a touchdown that was the difference-maker in a win over Southern Nazarene.
DB, Matt Pruitt, Southern Nazarene, 6-0, 180, Jr.
Intercepted three passes, returned two fumbles for 105 total yards. He had 72 tackles.
DB, Norris Wrenn, East Central, 5-11, 185, Sr.
Another small college NFL prospect. Wrenn had 72 tackles and an interception.
Pos., Player, School, Ht. Wt. Class
K, Colton Rainey, Southwestern, 6-2, 175, Sr.
Made 13 of 16 field goal attempts. Season long was 44 yards. Also averaged 33.5 yards punting.
P, Brian Gonzalez, East Central, 5-11, 205, Sr.
Averaged 40.3 yards on 72 punts. He had 13 punts go 50 yards or longer. Totaled 21 touchbacks on kickoffs.
KR, Tyler Thomas, Bacone, 5-11, 195, Sr.
A big reason for Bacone's successful season. Ran for 822 yards and eight touchdowns. Rushed for more than 100 yards in the last four games. Averaged 7.3 yards per carry for the season.
Trevor Rubly, Bacone
The Warriors were 5-6 in 2011, which was Rubly's first season as head coach. Bacone improved to 7-4 in '12, one of the best seasons in program history. The Warriors won six consecutive games at one point, shutting out three teams and allowing just 26 points during the stretch. Bacone was also ranked No. 23 in the NAIA at one point. Rubly is the Warriors' defensive coordinator.
Offensive Player of the Year: Joshua Birmingham, Central Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Year: Armonty Bryant, East Central
Coach of the Year: Trevor Rubly, Bacone