CHADRON, Neb. -- Chadron State junior defensive lineman Hunter O'Connor has been named to the Lindy's Sports 2023 National College Football Magazine Division II Preseason All-America First Team.
O'Connor, a Broomfield, Colorado, native was tabbed First Team Defensive Line after recording 16 sacks during the 2022 season, ranking him as the national statistical runner-up in NCAA Division II.
That figure broke the CSC single-season sack record held by Casey Beran and Scott Dolfi. O'Connor also recorded 24 tackles for loss, ranking him fourth in the nation.
He led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) in both categories.
O'Connor was also selected to the Elite 100 List, AFCA 2nd Team All American, Don Hansen 2nd Team All-American, and named a finalist of the Cliff Harris award at the conclusion of the 2022 season.
The RMAC had two other selections on the first-team. Returning Harlon Hill Trophy winner John Matocha of Colorado School of Mines was the first-team quarterback, while Daniel Bone of CSU-Pueblo earned first-team nods at defensive back.