Football Places 10 on All-OVC Team

Don Adams Jr.


On Tuesday, the Ohio Valley Conference released the 2022 All-OVC Football Team, featuring 10 from Lindenwood.  Of the 10 players, four earned first-team honors, while six others were recognized on the second team.
Cade Brister, Payton Rose, Blake Rogenhofer, and Darion Bolden all earned a spot on the top team.  Brister threw for 3,065 yards and 27 touchdowns, while adding 606 yards on the ground with 11 scores.  Brister capped off his career as the school’s leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total offense.  The O’Fallon, Mo. native holds nearly every passing record, and is the only player in program history to pass for over 10,000 yards in a Lindenwood uniform.  Brister is the only player to be named all-conference by three different leagues.
Rose set new school marks in the receiving category, as he notched the most receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdown in a career.  Rose collected 1,149 yards and 12 touchdowns this year, leading all other receivers in the league.  Rogenhofer anchored an offensive line that led the league in total offense, and ranked fourth in NCAA Division I FCS with 509.1 yards per game.  Rogenhofer, Brister, and Rose are the only Lions to earn first-team honors at two difference levels since the Lions joined the NCAA ranks.  Bolden capped off his career with a strong senior campaign.  Bolden notched a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six which he took back 99 yards which tied a school record.  Bolden led the league with 13 pass breakups in his 10 games played.
Kobe Smith, Ethan Johnson, and Gareth Warren were named to the second-team on the offensive side of the ball.  Smith compiled 56 catches on the season for a total of 727 yards and eight touchdowns.  Smith made the game-winning grab in overtime to take on Eastern Illinois for the first OVC victory for the Lions.  Johnson and Warren completed just their second season of college football, and helped guide a high-powered offense.  The offensive line helped produce a league-leading 39.5 points per game, which included an average of 182.9 yards on the ground per contest.
Sterlin Williams and Kobe McClendon played great football, as both used their high motors to earn second-team on the defensive line.  Williams tallied 7.5 tackles for loss with a team-best 4.5 sacks, while forcing two fumbles.  McClendon finished his year with 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, and an outstanding five quarterback hurries.  Logan Seibert was named to the second-team all-OVC as a specialist.  Seibert knocked through 11-of-14 field goals, tallying a long of 45 yards.  Seibert was 44-of-47 on extra points, and put up 77 points.  Smith and McClendon were also named to the all-newcomer team, as 11 total players in the OVC earned the first-year recognition. 
Lindenwood ended the season with a 7-3 overall record with a 1-3 mark in conference play.  The Lions posted a record of 4-1 inside Hunter Stadium, and strung together five wins in the last six games.

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