Isaiah Mallory was a part of history with the Aledo Bearcats, winning a pair of state championships and playing for a team that is the only one in history to score more than 1,000 points in a season.
Now, as a member of the Oklahoma Baptist Bison, Mallory is setting more records.
Mallory, a junior running back, holds Bison records for:
▪ Rushing yards in a game, 236 in 2016.
▪ Rushing yards in a season, 1,083 in 2016.
▪ Average rushing yards, 108.3 per game in 2016.
▪ All-purpose yards in a season, 1,226 in 2016.
This season Mallory was again named to the All-Great American Conference (second team) after rushing for 723 yards on 133 carries with six touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown. Because of injury he was limited to nine games for the Bison (2-9).
He also passed the 2,000-yard rushing mark for his career (2,054).
"Isaiah has had a significant impact on our football program. He has tremendous energy and an unwavering work ethic," Bison head coach Chris Jensen said. "He has earned the respect of the players and coaches by giving his all in everything he does. We are blessed to have him at OBU."
▪ Jonathan Durham, Kansas State, defensive back, sophomore: Played in six games, posted 12 tackles, 11 unassisted for the Wildcats (7-5), who were playing in the Cactus Bowl against UCLA at press time.
▪ Matthew Hawkins, Hardin-Simmons, linebacker, senior: Played in all 11 games for the Cowboys (9-2), recording 83 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, and an interception. The Cowboys advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs once again, posting three consecutive nine-win seasons for the first time since 1998-2000.
▪ Josh Elam, Missouri Tech, offensive line, sophomore: Started all 11 games for the Miners (7-4).
▪ Jordan Mittie, Texas State, defensive end, sophomore: Played in all 12 games for the Bobcats (2-10), posting 52 tackles, 33 solo, with four sacks after moving from defensive tackle to linebacker and then to end. He was named honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference.
▪ Cory Stitle, Henderson State, offensive line, senior: Was named first-team All-Great American Conference for a second straight year for the Reddies (6-5). In his four-year college career he played in 44 games.
▪ Caleb Buchanan, Fort Lewis, fullback, sophomore: Moved from center into the backfield this season for the Skyhawks (5-6).
▪ Garrett Hles, Colorado School of Mines, running back, sophomore: Played in 10 games, rushing 29 times for 105 yards for the Orediggers (7-4).
▪ Jack McAdams, Colorado School of Mines, defensive line, sophomore: In six games he registered seven tackles, four solo, and one for a loss.
▪ Pat Peek, Trinity Valley Community College, defensive back, sophomore: Playing in all 12 games for the Cardinals (9-3), he had 63 tackles with an interception and was named second-team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference. The Cardinals won the Heart of Texas Bowl, 48-41, over Garden City.
▪ Chuck Filiaga, Michigan, offensive line, freshman: Was backup left tackle behind four-year starter Mason Cole. He traveled to all but one road game out of six for the Wolverines (8-4), who are playing in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina on Jan. 1. Coaching staff sees him competing for a starting role in the spring.
▪ Ernest McQuade, Air Force, offensive line, senior: Played in every game for the Falcons (5-7).
▪ Seth Strickland, Hardin-Simmons, offensive line, freshman: Saw some playing time despite the team being junior and senior-dominated at his position.
▪ Michael Green, McMurry, linebacker, sophomore: Played in all 10 games for the Redhawks (2-8). He registered 76 tackles, 48 solo, nine for a loss, 5.5 sacks, with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
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▪ Zack Hamstra, Rhodes College, defensive back, sophomore: In 10 games for the Lynx (4-6) he had seven tackles, for solo.
▪ Leddy French, Angelo State, defensive back, freshman: In 11 games for the Rams (6-5), he had 63 tackles, 39 solo, seven for a loss, with two interceptions, a force fumble and a fumble recovery. He was named honorable mention All-Lone Star-Conference.
▪ Bryce Nye, Texas Wesleyan, kicker, freshman: He was a part of history, playing for the first Rams team in 76 seasons after the program was revived. His field goal in their first home game at Farrington Field were the first points for Texas Wesleyan in that stadium since 1941. In 11 games for the Rams (1-10) he was 5-for-9 kicking field goals, with a long kick of 38 yards. He was also 12-for-13 kicking extra points, with two punts for a 38.5 average.