Kohou’s Defensive Back of the Year Award Among 18 Lions Named to All-LSC Teams

By Lion Athletics

RICHARDSON – Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is well represented in the Lone Star Conference’s year-end awards and honors. 18 members of the Lion football have been named to the all-conference and all-academic teams announced on Friday afternoon.

Kader Kohou (Euless – Trinity) has been named the 2021 Lone Star Conference Defensive Back of the Year, also earning first team all-conference honors. He is joined on the all-LSC first team by defensive end Elijah Earls (San Antonio – Stevens), safety and all-purpose double honoree Dominique Ramsey (Converse – Judson), safety Alex Shillow (Pflugerville), offensive tackle Amon Simon (Humble – Atascocita), and kicker Jake Viquez (Rockwall).

The Lions are represented on the all-LSC second team by center Christian Hernandez (Frisco – Lone Star), wide receiver Chance Cooper (Leander – Rouse), and deep snapper Wyatt Leath (Rockwall) on second team all-conference.

Defensive tackle Anthony Hayes (Panama City, Fla.), Defensive end Jaylon Hodge (Houston – Fort Bend Travis), defensive end Celestin Haba (Columbia, S.C.), defensive end Dominion Ezinwa (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), linebacker Cedrick Wilcox III (Panama City, Fla.), linebacker Dee Walker (Moultrie, Ga.), cornerback D’Angelo Ellis (Cy Ridge), cornerback Darius Williams (Fort Worth – Arlington Heights), and cornerback Daryion Taylor (Humble – Atascocita) are named honorable mention.

Shillow, wide receiver Matt Childers (Henderson), and defensive tackle Devin Beamon (North Forney) earned LSC All-Academic honors.

Kohou is named to all-conference team for the third time in his career and second time to the first team. This is his first career player of the year award. He started all 11 games and made 24 tackles and six pass breakups. He also had two tackles for loss. Kohou contributed in the return game with five returns for 44 yards and caught a 40-yard pass on Senior Day. He is the first Lion to earn the award since Uriah Harris in 2016. Since the award’s inception in 1984, Kohou is the sixth Lion to earn the award.

Ramsey earned the honor of first team defensive back as well as a first team returner. He led the LSC with 444 punt return yards, as well as scoring the only touchdown on a punt return in the conference. He also had 51 tackles, which led the team as well as two tackles for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry, and one fumble recovery. Ramsey has been honored as a first team all-LSC player for the third time. He also made his mark offensively with 44 passing yards, 32 receiving yards, and three rushing yards.

Earls has been selected as an all-conference player for the first time in his career. He had 9.5 tackles for loss and six sacks which led the team. He also had 43 tackles, three quarterback hurries, and one fumble recovery.

Shillow was named as the Defensive Player of the Week on November 1 and finished the season with 49 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, and a blocked kick as well as a 100-yard interception returned for touchdown. He is selected to the first team all-conference for the first time and third time overall.

Simon and Hernandez are part of the offensive line unit which made way for the offense to gain 3,580 total yards and allowed less than two sacks per game. Simon is named to the first team all-LSC for the third time and Hernandez has earned all-LSC honors for the third time, having earned honorable mention the previous two times.

Viquez made LSC-leading 17 field goals and scored second most points in the conference, 84, on his way to his second all-LSC selection. He was named to second team all-LSC in 2019. Viquez also had 2,560 kickoff yards and 11 touchbacks, he went 33 for 36 in point after attempts.

Leath is named to all-LSC team for the second time. He and Childers contributed to Viquez’s efforts, as the long snapper and holder. He also was part of the punting unit that averaged 34.04 yards per punt, 13 punts inside the 20-yard line and no blocks.

Cooper was second on the team with 374 yards in just nine games played. He led the team with four touchdown catches and averaged 12.9 yards per catch. He is elevated to second team all-LSC, after being named an honorable mention all-LSC wide receiver in 2019.

Hayes, Haba, Wilcox III, Walker, Ezinwa, and Ellis are named all-LSC players in their first seasons as Lions. Hayes was second on the team with 5.5 sacks and team-leading two forced fumbles. He had 27 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup, two quarterback hurries, and a blocked kick. Haba also led the team along with Earls in tackles for loss with 9.5, he had five sacks. He also had two forced fumbles, 18 tackles, one quarterback hurry, and one fumble recovery in just six games.

Wilcox III was second on the team with 50 tackles, he also had a 73-yard fumble recovered for touchdown. He had four tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, and two fumble recoveries. Walker had 34 tackles and 2.5 for loss. Ezinwa sacked the quarterback 2.5 times and also recorded six tackles for loss, 34 tackles, three quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble. Ellis appeared in nine games, starting all nine. He had two interceptions, three pass breakups, as well as 19 tackles and one for a loss. Ellis also made contributions on special teams with 76 kickoff return yards and punt return yard for 20 yards.

Hodge had six tackles for loss, including five sacks on his way to his second all-LSC selection. He had 19 tackles, one interception, two pass breakups, and five quarterback hurries.

Williams and Taylor are named to all-LSC teams for the first time in their careers. Williams made 46 tackles, five tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, one quarterback hurry. He had eight tackles in the season opening win at CSU-Pueblo. Taylor also had an interception and made 45 tackles, four tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one quarterback hurry, and two fumble recoveries.

Shillow has been named to the all-academic team for the second time in his career. He has been named CoSIDA Academic All-District three times and CoSIDA Academic All-America twice.

Childers and Beamon have made their mark in the classroom, holding the best grade point averages on the team. Both are named to the all-academic team for the first time in their careers. Childers is a business major and Beamon is an electrical engineering major. On the field, Childers had 30 receptions for 382 yards and two touchdowns, while also contributing on special teams as the holder. Beamon had 26 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.

The Lions went 7-4 overall and 5-2 in their final season in the Lone Star Conference.


Weston BauerAngelo StateJr.DEBusiness AdministrationBrady, Texas
Zach BronkhorstAngelo StateJr.QBHomeland SecurityGalveston, Texas
Rigoberto CarrilloMidwestern StateSr.LBMaster’s in Criminal JusticeLemoore, Calif.
Caleb BrownMidwestern StateSr.OLMaster’s in Criminal JusticeRowlett, Texas
Austan DavisMidwestern StateSr.OLMasters in Sport Admin.Sulphur Springs, Texas
Alex ShillowA&M-CommerceGradDBSport and Rec. Mgmt/MBAPflugerville, Texas
Matt ChildersA&M-CommerceJr.WR/HBusiness AdministrationHenderson, Texas
Devin BeamonA&M-CommerceSr.DLElectrical EngineeringForney, Texas
Karch KasparTexas A&M-KingsvilleJr.K/PBiologyBrazoria, Texas
Brandon BlairWest Texas A&MJr.RBBiologySpring, Texas
Nick GerberWest Texas A&MJr.QBInstructional Design & Tech.Levelland, Texas

Special Recognition
Academic Player of the Year: Brandon Blair, West Texas A&M
Offensive Player of the Year (J.W. Rollins award): Dillon Sterling-Cole, Midwestern State
Offensive Back of the Year: Nathan Omayebu III, Angelo State
Receiver of the Year: Justin Manyweather, Eastern New Mexico
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Willis Patrick, Angelo State
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Jalen March, Midwestern State
Defensive Player of the Year (J.V. Sikes award): Hunter Kyle, Angelo State
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Mazin Richards, Eastern New Mexico
Linebacker of the Year: JT Cavender, West Texas A&M
Defensive Back of the Year: Kader Kohou, A&M-Commerce
Defensive Freshman of the Year: JT Cavender, West Texas A&M
Newcomer of the Year: Dillon Sterling-Cole, Midwestern State
Coach of the Year: Bill Maskill, Midwestern State


Jacob NealAngelo StateOGJr.Palestine, Texas
Jacobi LottWest Texas A&MOGSo.Amarillo, Texas
Amon SimonA&M-CommerceOTSr.Humble, Texas
Willis PatrickAngelo StateOTSo.Grand Prairie, Texas
Alfredo FernandezAngelo StateCSr.San Antonio, Texas
Nick GonzalezMidwestern StateCSr.Houston, Texas
Dagen DunhamAngelo StateTEJr.Muleshoe, Texas
Justin ManyweatherEastern New MexicoWRSr.Los Angeles, Calif.
Kylan HarrisonMidwestern StateWRJr.Dallas, Texas
MJ LinkUT Permian BasinWRJr.Lakeland, Fla.
Kellen PachotAngelo StateWRSr.Fontana, Calif.
Dillon Sterling-ColeMidwestern StateQBSr.Orange, Texas
Nathan OmayebuAngelo StateRBSo.Sherman, Texas
Jalen MarchMidwestern StateRBFr.Fort Worth, Texas
Cason BrownAngelo StateFBJr.Schulenburg, Texas
Jake ViquezA&M-CommercePKSr.Rockwall, Texas
Kylan HarrisonMidwestern StateRSSr.Paris, Texas


Tylen ColemanWestern New MexicoDTSo.Maricopa, Ariz.
G’Karri McCoyAngelo StateDTSr.Dallas, Texas
Elijah EarlsA&M-CommerceDESr.San Antonio, Texas
Mazin RichardsEastern New MexicoDESo.Burleson, Texas
Hunter KyleAngelo StateILBSr.Wichita Falls, Texas
JT CavenderWest Texas A&MILBFr.Midlothian, Texas
Eric CollinsWest Texas A&MOLBSr.Cedar Hill, Texas
Daron AllmanAngelo StateOLBSo.Killeen, Texas
Kader KohouA&M-CommerceCBSr.Euless, Texas
Tobias HarrisWest Texas A&MCBJr.Pflugerville, Texas
Dominique RamseyA&M-CommerceSSr.Converse, Texas
Leddy FrenchAngelo StateSSr.Brock, Texas
Alex ShillowA&M-CommerceSSr.Pflugerville, Texas
Fernando PiedraMidwestern StatePSr.Jacksboro, Texas
Clay EnglhardtTexas A&M-KingsvilleDSSo.San Antonio, Texas
Dominique RamseyA&M-CommerceAPSr.Converse, Texas


Caleb GillMidwestern StateOGSo.Denton, Texas
Vili FisiiahiEastern New MexicoOGSr.Honolulu, Hawaii
Braxton WebbAngelo StateOTSr.San Angelo, Texas
Caleb BrownMidwestern StateOTSr.Rowlett, Texas
Christian HernandezA&M-CommerceCSr.Frisco, Texas
Zane MadisonWest Texas A&MCSo.Van Alstyne, Texas
Jeremie KarngbayeWest Texas A&MTEJr.Portales, N.M.
Noah BogardusWest Texas A&MWRJr.Eastvale, Calif.
Chance CooperA&M-CommerceWRSr.Leander, Texas
Ty ChisumTexas A&M-KingsvilleWRSr.Eagle Pass, Texas
Ryan MartinezTexas A&M-KingsvilleWRSr.Kingsville, Texas
Zach BronkhorstAngelo StateQBJr.Galveston, Texas
Carl OdomAngelo StateRBJr.Hemet, Calif.
Jarrod ComptonWest Texas A&MRBJr.Lubbock, Texas
Jordan JohnsonWest Texas A&MFBSr.Eagle Pass, Texas
Asa FullerAngelo StatePKSr.Fountain Valley, Calif.
Ritse VaesMidwestern StatePKFr.Wichita Falls, Texas
Andrew PittsAngelo StateRSFr.McKinney, Texas
Alfred GrearAngelo StateAPSo.Del Valle, Texas


Tevita MoungaTexas A&M-KingsvilleDTSr.Juice County, Calif.
Alex AlvaradoMidwestern StateDTJr.Fort Worth, Texas
Melik OwensMidwestern StateDEJr.Houston, Texas
Weston BauerAngelo StateDEJr.Brady, Texas
Josh QuintonAngelo StateILBSr.Lubbock, Texas
Justin GuilloryMidwestern StateILBJr.Houston, Texas
Cameron CauthenTexas A&M-KingsvilleOLBJr.Mont Belvieu, Texas
Donavyn JacksonAngelo StateOLBSr.San Angelo, Texas
Dylon DavisMidwestern StateCBFr.Abilene, Texas
DeShaun DouglasAngelo StateCBJr.Carrollton, Texas
Malik SonnierMidwestern StateSSr.Houston, Texas
Satchel EscalanteWest Texas A&MSJr.Casa Grande, Ariz.
Darrick DickersonAngelo StateSSr.Missouri City, Texas
Carson RobertsUT Permian BasinPFr.Odessa, Texas
Wyatt LeathA&M-CommerceDSSr.Rockwall, Texas


Troy BillmanTexas A&M-KingsvilleOGSo.Kingsville, Texas
Parker HannaWest Texas A&MOTJr.Stratford, Texas
Adam AlcortaWest Texas A&MOTSo.New Braunfels, Texas
Branon JacksonTexas A&M-KingsvilleOTFr.San Antonio, Texas
Oly Ta’aseWestern New MexicoTESr.Pago Pago American Samoa
Matt ZubiateUT Permian BasinTEJr.El Paso, Texas
Ja’Juan MasonMidwestern StateWRR-Fr.Allen, Texas
Kobe RobinsonUT Permian BasinWRJr.Odessa, Texas
Darrian HambrickTexas A&M-KingsvilleWRSr.Nashville, Tenn.
Nick GerberWest Texas A&MQBJr.Levelland, Texas
Howard RussellEastern New MexicoRBFr.Phoenix, Ariz.
Bryce ColemanWestern New MexicoRBJr.Tucson, Ariz.
Christian AndersonTexas A&M-KingsvilleRBSo.Cypress, Texas
Jayvon DavisUT Permian BasinRBFr.Houston, Texas
Gilbert GarzaTexas A&M-KingsvillePKFr.Weslaco, Texas
Hesston MarshallWest Texas A&MRSFr.Wheeler, Texas
Anthony HayesA&M-CommerceDTJr.Panama City, Fla.
La’Daidreain GlaskerUT Permian BasinDTSr.Waco, Texas
Dominion EzinwaA&M-CommerceDTSr.Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Zed AsowataMidwestern StateDTSo.Houston, Texas
Jensen Misa’alefuaWestern New MexicoDTSo.Carson, Calif.
Xavier RiveraWest Texas A&MDTJr.Abernathy, Texas
Tre’Darius ColbertAngelo StateDESo.Temple, Texas
Jaylon Abdul-KarimMidwestern StateDESr.Dallas, Texas
Jacob ClarksonTexas A&M-KingsvilleDESr.Houston, Texas
Jaylon HodgeA&M-CommerceDESr.Houston, Texas
Celestin HabaA&M-CommerceDEJr.Columbia, S.C.
Cedrick Wilcox IIIA&M-CommerceILBSr.Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Chris ThomasWest Texas A&MILBJr.Humble, Texas
Kaleb GutierrezWestern New MexicoILBJr.El Paso, Texas
Miquon MayesUT Permian BasinILBJr.Dallas, Texas
Dee WalkerA&M-CommerceILBJr.Moultrie, Ga.
Dailon GantsTexas A&M-KingsvilleOLBJr.Beaumont, Texas
Jaques TylerUT Permian BasinCBSo.Schertz, Texas
D’Angelo EllisA&M-CommerceCBSr.Cypress, Texas
Devin WashingtonAngelo StateCBSr.Deltona, Fla.
Khalil FinleyMidwestern StateCBSr.Denison, Texas
Amos ColemanTexas A&M-KingsvilleCBR-Fr.Houston, Texas
Isaiah JocobsTexas A&M-KingsvilleSJr.Austin, Texas
Darius WilliamsA&M-CommerceSJr.Fort Worth, Texas
Cameron Santa CruzEastern New MexicoSR-Fr.Eunice, N.M.
Daryion TaylorA&M-CommerceSSo.Humble, Texas
Jacob CavazosTexas A&M-KingsvillePFr.Weslaco, Texas
Cade FullerAngelo StatePJr.Fountain Valley, Calif.
Dane McElrathAngelo StateDSSr.Needville, Texas