Budke named first-team All-America by AFCA

By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION

WACO, Texas – Fort Hays State tight end Hunter Budke was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II All-America First Team on Wednesday (Dec. 8). He adds this prestigious honor on top of his All-MIAA First Team selection this season. Fort Hays State has now had an AFCA All-America selection in four of the last five seasons since 2016.

Budke had a big season for the Tigers with 47 receptions for 620 yards and eight touchdowns. He twice had over 100 receiving yards in a game in 2021 with nine catches for 122 yards as his season high at Missouri Western. He produced four or more receptions in seven of 11 contests and led the Tigers in receiving touchdowns for the season. Budke ranked eighth in the MIAA in receptions per game, all among a top 10 list that only included wide receivers aside from him. He was fourth in the MIAA in receiving touchdowns, only behind a trio of All-MIAA wide receivers that had 10 each. He finished 14th in receiving yards overall in the conference, the best among tight ends.

Budke is the first AFCA All-America First Team selection since Nathan Shepherd earned the distinction in 2017 on the defensive line. Shepherd is now in his fourth season with the New York Jets of the National Football League. A year prior to that, defensive end Sie Doe, Jr. was a first-team selection as well. In 2019 kicker Dante Brown was a second-team selection by the AFCA, but received first team honors from several other entities that season.

AFCA All-America First Team
Offense
Pos Name Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
QB Tyson Bagent Jr. Shepherd (W.Va.) Ernie McCook Martinsburg, W.Va. (Martinsburg)
RB Cody Schrader So. Truman St. (Mo.) Gregg Nesbitt St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran South)
RB TJ Cole Jr. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) Todd Knight Texarkana, Tex. (Pleasant Grove)
WR Danny Kittner Jr. UMary (N.D.) Craig Bagnell Gilbert, Ariz. (Higley)
WR L’liott Curry R-Sr. Henderson St. (Ark.) Scott Maxfield Guthrie, Okla. (Guthrie)
TE Hunter Budke Jr. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) Chris Brown Beloit, Kan. (Beloit)
OL *Andrew Strickland Gr. Wingate (N.C.) Joe Reich Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)
OL Dylan Pasquali Sr. Ferris St. (Mich.) Tony Annese Trenton, Mich. (Trenton)
C Hayden Huttula Jr. Michigan Tech Steve Olson Hartland, Mich. (Hartland)
OL Josh Dauberman Sr. Indiana (Pa.) Paul Tortorella Hughesville, Pa. (Hughesville)
OL Brent Laing R-Sr. Minnesota-Duluth Curt Wiese Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North)
Defense
Pos Name Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Carl Igweh Sr. Frostburg St. (Md.) DeLane Fitzgerald Taneytown, Md. (Winters Mill)
DL Sam Roberts Sr. Northwest Missouri St. Rich Wright Waynesville, Mo. (Waynesville)
DL Deshawn McCarthy Jr. East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Jimmy Terwilliger Philadelphia, Pa. (Northeast)
DL Chris Terrell Gr. West Alabama Brett Gilliland Pensacola, Fla. (Tate)
LB *Drew Seers Sr. Lindenwood (Mo.) Jed Stugart St. Louis, Mo. (Parkway West)
LB Marvin Terry R-Sr. Delta St. (Miss.) Todd Cooley Dallas, Tex. (South Oak Cliff)
LB Carter Duxbury Jr. Winona St. (Minn.) Tom Sawyer Chatfield, Minn. (Chatfield)
DB Kishawn Walker Sr. Kentucky Wesleyan Craig Yeast Owensboro, Ky. (Owensboro)
DB D’Anthony Bell R-Sr. West Florida Pete Shinnick Covington, Ga. (Alcovy)
DB *Tobias Harris Jr. West Texas A&M Hunter Hughes Pflugerville, Tex. (Hendrickson)
DB Jermal Martin Jr. Jr. California (Pa.) Gary Dunn South Philadelphia, Pa. (Academy Park)
Specialists
Pos Name Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
PK Jed Quackenbush Gr. Ohio Dominican Kelly Cummings Newark, Ohio (Newark)
P Dean Krcic Sr. Kutztown (Pa.) Jim Clements Saylorsburg, Pa. (Pleasant Valley)
AP Dominique Ramsey R-Sr. Texas A&M-Commerce David Bailiff Converse, Tex. (Judson)
*-2019 AFCA All-American
AFCA All-America Second Team
Offense
Pos Name Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
QB TJ Davis R-Jr. Nebraska-Kearney Josh Lynn Colorado Springs, Colo. (Widefield)
RB Michael Zeman R-Sr. Colorado School of Mines Gregg Brandon Wheat Ridge, Colo. (Holy Family)
RB Toriano Clinton Jr. Indianapolis (Ind.) Chris Keevers Chicago, Ill. (St. Laurence)
WR Henry Litwin R-Sr. Slippery Rock (Pa.) Shawn Lutz Linesville, Pa. (Conneaut Area)
WR Senika McKie R-So. Erskine (S.C.) Shap Boyd Columbia, S.C. (Ridge View)
TE Kyle Morlock So. Shorter (Ga.) Zach Morrison Blairsville, Ga. (Union County)
OL *Tanner Owen Sr. Northwest Missouri St. Rich Wright Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
OL Justin Calderon Sr. Chadron St. (Neb.) Jay Long Levittown, N.Y. (MacArthur)
C Jakob Pruitt Sr. Western Oregon Arne Ferguson Beaverton, Ore. (Valley Catholic)
OL Joey Fisher Jr. Shepherd (W.Va.) Ernie McCook Hagerstown, Md. (Clear Spring)
OL Sebastian Gutierrez Sr. Minot St. (N.D.) Mike Aldrich Pasco, Wash. (Pasco)
Defense
Pos Name Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Will Lydle R-Sr. Western Colorado Jas Bains Cedar Park, Tex. (Cedar Park)
DL Logan Swanson Gr. Augustana (S.D.) Jerry Olszewski Mankato, Minn. (East)
DL Joshua Pryor R-Jr. Bowie St. (Md.) Damon Wilson Baltimore, Md. (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
DL Nate Chambers Sr. Hillsdale (Mich.) Keith Otterbein Otsego, Mich. (Otsego)
LB Guam Lee Sr. Notre Dame (Ohio) Mickey Mental Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison)
LB Coleton Smith Sr. Southwest Baptist (Mo.) Robert Clardy Appleton City, Mo. (Appleton City)
LB Khyon Fitzpatrick Jr. New Haven (Conn.) Chris Pincince Union, N.J. (Paramus Catholic)
DB Charles Crawford Gr. Clark Atlanta Tim Bowens Prichard, Ala. (Vigor)
DB Damar’ren Mitchell Jr. Colorado Mesa Tremaine Jackson Magnolia, Tex. (Magnolia West)
DB Ty’Shonan Brooks Sr. Minnesota St. Todd Hoffner Brooklyn Park, Minn. (Park Center)
DB Chance Olson Gr. Northern St. (S.D.) Mike Schmidt Langford, S.D. (Langford)
Specialists
Pos Name Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
PK Omar Cervantes Jr. West Georgia David Dean Fort Valley, Ga. (Peach County)
P Achille Laudet Fr. Lincoln (Pa.) Josh Dean Stillwater, Minn. (Stillwater)
AP James Letcher Jr. Sr. Washburn (Kan.) Craig Schurig Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)

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