MSU’s Andersen named Freshman of the Year

MSU’s Andersen named Freshman of the Year

OGDEN, Utah — The Big Sky Conference has three teams competing in postseason play, as it has announced its Football All-Conference team and individual award winners for 2017.

The All-Conference teams and individual award winners were selected by the 13 league head coaches and released by the league office Tuesday.

UC Davis junior wide receiver Keelan Doss was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player. Doss, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, finished the regular season as the top wide receiver in the nation among all Division I FBS and FCS players in receiving yards (1,499), receiving yards per game (136.3) and receptions per game (10.5).

Weber State senior cornerback Taron Johnson was voted as the Defensive Most Valuable Player. Johnson, the only unanimous selection to the defensive first team, helped lead the Wildcats to a share of the Big Sky title in his final season. He finished the regular season with 30 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, 10 passes defended, and three interceptions for a total of 59 yards.

Additional top honors went to Aggie sophomore quarterback Jake Maier for Newcomer of the Year. The sophomore finished his season ranked second in the FCS in completion percentage (.686), third in passing yards (3,669) and fifth in passing yards per game (333.5).

Freshman of the Year honors went to double threat Troy Andersen, who plays running back and linebacker for Montana State. He notched 515 rushing yards to go along with five touchdowns on the ground and a touchdown reception. On defense, the former Dillon Beaver had nine tackles and a sack for the Bobcats.

Southern Utah outside linebacker Michael Needham and North Dakota running back John Santiago were the only three-time First-Team All-Big Sky honorees.

Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus and Weber State tight end Andrew Vollert were named two-time first team honorees. Vollert was also the only offensive player voted as a unanimous First Team selection. Both players will lead their teams in the FCS Playoffs.

Co-conference champion Weber State placed eight players on the first team. Idaho State, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah all had four players receive first team honors. In all, 11 of the 13 conferences teams had at least one player selected to the First Team.

Weber State led all schools with 16 honorees on the three teams, followed by Southern Utah (12), Eastern Washington (10), Sacramento State (10), and Northern Arizona (9).

The Big Sky All-Conference team is selected by the Big Sky’s head football coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. The conference’s Coach of the Year award will be announced on Wednesday.

Offensive Player of the Year: Keelan Doss, UC Davis

Defensive Player of the Year: Taron Johnson, Weber State

Freshman of the Year: Troy Andersen, Montana State

Newcomer of the Year: Jake Maier, UC Davis

— Big Sky Conference

 

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

 

 

Position

Player

Year

School

Wide Receiver

Elijah Marks

Senior

Northern Arizona

Wide Receiver

Keelan Doss

Junior

UC Davis

Wide Receiver

Mitch Gueller

Sophomore

Idaho State

Tackle

Iosua Opeta

Junior

Weber State

Tackle

David Reese

Senior

Montana

Guard

Skyler Phillips

Senior

Idaho State

Guard

Tyler Shank

Senior

Northern Arizona

Center

Zach Larsen

Sophomore

Southern Utah

Tight End

*$Andrew Vollert

Senior

Weber State

Quarterback

$Case Cookus

Sophomore

Northern Arizona

Running Back

%John Santiago

Junior

North Dakota

Running Back

James Madison

Junior

Idaho State

Fullback

Jared Mohamed

Senior

Cal Poly

Kicker

Trey Tuttle

Freshman

Weber State

Returner

Rashid Shaheed

Freshman

Weber State

 

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

 

 

Position

Player

Year

School

Tackle

McKay Murphy

Senior

Weber State

Tackle

Anu Pole’o

Senior

Southern Utah

End

Ben Sorenson

Senior

Sacramento State

End

George Obinna

Junior

Sacramento State

Outside Linebacker

%Michael Needham

Senior

Southern Utah

Outside Linebacker

Mac Bignell

Senior

Montana State

Inside Linebacker

Mario Jenkins

Senior

Idaho State

Inside Linebacker

LeGrand Toia

Junior

Weber State

Cornerback

*Taron Johnson

Senior

Weber State

Cornerback

Jarmaine Doubs

Senior

Southern Utah

Safety

Wes Sutton

Junior

Northern Arizona

Safety

Mister Harriel

Junior

Sacramento State

Punter

Jordan Dascalo

Senior

Eastern Washington

Special Teams

Brady May

Junior

Weber State

 

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

 

 

Position

Player

Year

School

Wide Receiver

Nic Sblendorio

Senior

Eastern Washington

Wide Receiver

Alex Wesley

Junior

Northern Colorado

Wide Receiver

Andre Lindsey

Junior

Sacramento State

Tackle

Dylan Mahoney

Senior

Montana State

Tackle

Marquez Tucker

Junior

Southern Utah

Guard

Pailake Aiono

Senior

Sacramento State

Guard

Tyshon Mosley

Senior

Portland State

Center

Spencer Blackburn

Junior

Eastern Washington

Tight End

Charlie Taumoepeau

Sophomore

Portland State

Quarterback

Gage Gubrud

Junior

Eastern Washington

Running Back

Antoine Custer

Sophomore

Eastern Washington

Running Back

James Felila

Sophomore

Southern Utah

Fullback

Brady May

Junior

Weber State

Kicker

Devon Medeiros

Junior

Sacramento State

Returner

Dre’Sonte Dorton

Sophomore

Eastern Washington

 

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

 

 

Position

Player

Year

School

Tackle

Augustino Elisaia

Senior

Cal Poly

Tackle

Robert Torgenson

Senior

Southern Utah

End

Albert Havili

Senior

Eastern Washington

End

Tucker Schye

Senior

Montana

End

Jonah Williams

Sophomore

Weber State

Outside Linebacker

Josh Buss

Junior

Montana

Outside Linebacker

Landon Stice

Junior

Weber State

Inside Linebacker

James Banks

Senior

Montana

Inside Linebacker

Chinedu Ahanonu

Junior

Southern Utah

Cornerback

Xequille Harry

Senior

Weber State

Cornerback

Khalil Dorsey

Sophomore

Northern Arizona

Safety

Kam’ron Johnson

Junior

Northern Arizona

Safety

Jordan Preator

Junior

Weber State

Punter

Jered Padmos

Sophomore

Montana State

Special Teams

Dante Olson

Sophomore

Montana

 

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

 

 

Position

Player

Year

School

Wide Receiver

Nsimba Webster

Junior

* – Unanimous All-First Team Selection

$ – Two-Time All-Big Sky First Team Selection

% – Three-Time All-Big Sky First Team Selection

 



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