2022 All-Independent College Football Team and Individual Honors

Explore all the best that the FBS Independent College Football season had to offer with our top honors, including our All-Conference teams!

The end of the Independent college football season has officially brought our end-of-season awards at Pro Football Network. With the launch of College Football Network around the corner, our first annual CFN All-Americans, All-Conference, and individual/team awards are live across the landscape.

Independent Football Team Honors for 2022

  • Player of the Year
    Jackson Mitchell, LB, UConn
  • Offensive Player of the Year
    Jaren Hall, QB, BYU
  • Defensive Player of the Year
    Jackson Mitchell, LB, UConn
  • Newcomer of the Year
    Victor Rosa, RB, UConn
  • Coach of the Year
    Jim Mora Jr., UConn
  • Game of the Year
    Liberty vs. UConn, Week 11

Independent Offense

  • Quarterback of the Year
    Jaren Hall, BYU
  • Running Back of the Year
    Audric Estime, Notre Dame
  • Wide Receiver of the Year
    Puka Nacua, BYU
  • Tight End of the Year
    Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
  • Offensive Lineman of the Year
    Blake Freeland, BYU
  • Offensive Line of the Year
    BYU Cougars
  • Offensive Rookie of the Year
    Victor Rosa, RB, UConn

First-Team All-Independent Offense

QB: Jaren Hall, BYU
RB: Audric Estime, Notre Dame
RB: Victor Rosa, UConn
WR: Puka Nacua, BYU
WR: Demario Douglas, Liberty
WR: Keanu Hill, BYU
TE: Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
FLEX: Diego Pavia, New Mexico State
OT: Blake Freeland, BYU
G: Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame
C: Connor Pay, BYU
G: Christian Haynes, UConn
OT: Kingsley Suamataia, BYU

Second-Team All-Independent Offense

QB: Drew Pyne, Notre Dame
RB: Dae Hunter, Liberty
RB: Christopher Brooks, BYU
WR: Aaron Turner, UConn
WR: Kordell Davis, New Mexico State
WR: Cameron Sullivan-Brown, UMass
TE: Isaac Rex, BYU
FLEX: Kody Epps, BYU
OT: Joe Alt, Notre Dame
G: Jackson Filipowicz, Army
C: Canaan Yarro, New Mexico State
G: Connor Finucane, Army
OT: Chase Lundt, UConn

Independent Defense

  • Defensive Lineman of the Year
    Durrell Johnson, Liberty
  • Linebacker of the Year
    Jackson Mitchell, UConn
  • Cornerback of the Year
    Benjamin Morrison, Notre Dame
  • Safety of the Year
    Robert Rahimi, Liberty
  • Defensive Line of the Year
    Liberty Flames
  • Secondary of the Year
    Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Defensive Rookie of the Year
    Brandon Bouyer-Randle, UConn

First-Team All-Independent Defense

EDGE: Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame
EDGE: Durrell Johnson, Liberty
DT: Jayson Ademilola, Notre Dame
DT: Kendy Charles, Liberty
LB: Jackson Mitchell, UConn
LB: Chris Ojoh, New Mexico State
LB: Jalen Mackie, UMass
CB: Benjamin Morrison, Notre Dame
CB: Tre Wortham, UConn
CB: Syrus Dumas, New Mexico State
S: Robert Rahimi, Liberty
S: Marquel Broughton, Army
FLEX: Brandon Bouyer-Randle, UConn

Second-Team All-Independent Defense

EDGE: Eric Watts, UConn
EDGE: Marcus Cushnie, UMass
DT: Dennis Osagiede, Liberty
DT: Kwabena Bonsu, Army
LB: JD Bertrand, Notre Dame
LB: Ahmad Walker, Liberty
LB: Max Tooley, BYU
CB: Jordan Mahoney, UMass
CB: Chris Shearin, UConn
CB: Josh Wallace, UMass
S: Tyler Rudolph, UMass
S: Bryce Jackson, New Mexico State
FLEX: Javon Scruggs, Liberty

Independent Special Teams

  • Kicker of the Year
    Noe Ruelas, UConn
  • Punter of the Year
    Ryan Rehkow, BYU
  • Specialist of the Year
    Shedro Louis, Liberty

First-Team All-Independent Specialists

Kicker: Noe Ruelas, UConn
Kickoff Specialist: Cole Talley, Army
Punter: Ryan Rehkow, BYU
Kick Returner: Shedro Louis, Liberty
Punt Returner: Brandon Joseph, Notre Dame
Special Teamer: Jayhvion Gipson, New Mexico State

Second-Team All-Independent Specialists

Kicker: Blake Grupe, Notre Dame
Kickoff Specialist: Zac Yoakam, Notre Dame
Punter: Aidan Alves, Liberty
Kick Returner: Greg Desrosiers Jr., UMass
Punt Returner: Hobbs Nyberg, BYU
Special Teamer: Durante Jones, UConn

Congratulations to all those players selected. For any questions regarding these selections or the process behind them, feel free to email them to me or ask on Twitter (@CamMellor).

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