Kent receives FWAA Freshman All-America team honors

Harrisburg, PA. freshman Donte Kent jumps over his opponent to nearly come away with an interception against FIU, Saturday, Sept. 25.

After a strong showing in 2021, Central Michigan defensive back Donte Kent was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team.

Kent ended the season in a four-way tie for fourth-most pass deflections in the country with 14 while recording 55 total tackles, 45 of which were solo stops, and one interception. 

In a 42-30 win over Western Michigan, Kent recorded a career-high eight tackles. His previous career-high was six, which he recorded against Toledo in 2020.

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native arrived in Mount Pleasant before the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. Seeing time in all six games, Kent cracked the starting lineup against Toledo, recording 18 total tackles and two pass deflections. 

In addition to FWAA recognition, Kent was awarded a spot on the 2021 Phil Steele’s All-Mid-American Conference fourth team defense.

Kent is the first Chippewas' defensive player to receive FWAA Freshman All-America honors, and only the second CMU player to ever the list. The other was Antonio Brown in 2007, as an all-purpose player.