Senior Tyrell Thompson has been named one of the best eight defensive linemen in the nation, according to D2Football.com, after earning All-America Second Team recognition Friday morning.

Thompson shined in his first season for the purple and white as the Copperas Cove native finished the regular season fourth on the team in total tackles (55) and second on the team in tackles for a loss (9.0). He also led the team and was top-10 in the LSC in sacks (4.5 while adding seven quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles, two of which were returned for touchdowns by a teammate.

The defensive tackle was an All-Lone Star Conference First Team and Don Hansen NCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-American last fall.

Thompson and the Texans will take the field for the season opener against Delta State in Stephenville on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.