The Division II Conference Commissioners Association announced its year end awards for 2021.
The Ron Lenz Players of the Year were Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Tyson Bagent (Shepherd) and Defensive Player of the Year, defensive lineman Jonathan Ross (Bowie State).
Bagent passed for a national best 5,000 yards and 53 touchdowns while leading Shepherd to a 13-2 record as the Rams advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals. Bagent threw for at least 300 yards in 10 games, including three 400-yard passing performances.
Bagent accounted for 12,378 passing yards and 118 touchdowns in three collegiate seasons.
Ross played a central role in the No. 9-ranked defense in D-II, which allowed only 255.7 yards per game and as a team recorded a national best 9.8 tackles per game. He ranked fourth in D-II with 2.1 tackles-for-loss per game, amassing 29 tackles-for-loss and forced four fumbles. He also accounted for 10 sacks.
Ross’ efforts helped Bowie State to a 12-2 record and a CIAA title as the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.
See the full list of All-Americans HERE.