OGDEN, Utah — The Big Sky Conference has selected the ROOT SPORTS football players of the week for games played on Saturday, Oct. 13. UC Davis quarterback Randy Wright is the Offensive Player of the Week. Eastern Washington linebacker Ronnie Hamlin is the Defensive Player of the Week. Southern Utah punter Brock Miller is the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Wright, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound junior from Santa Rosa, Calif., completed 20-of-31 passes for a career-high 309 yards with three touchdowns in UC Davis’ 52-45 road win over Idaho State. Wright engineered an offense that rolled up 640 total yards, including 331 on the ground, and 35 first downs. It was the first time UC Davis amassed at least 600 yards of total offense since 2008. Wright threw TD passes of 42, 10 and 9 yards. This is Wright’s first Big Sky Player of the Week honor.
Hamlin, a 6-2, 210-pound junior from Lacey, Wash., recorded a team-high 15 tackles with an interception in No. 6 Eastern Washington’s 27-24 road win over No.2 Montana State. Hamlin made 13 solo stops. His diving interception in the third quarter – the first of his career – led to a field goal that cut MSU’s lead to 10-6. After EWU took a 20-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, he tallied six tackles – including one for loss. Hamlin led an EWU defense that held Montana State to 70 rushing yards. This is Hamlin’s second Player of the Week honor this season.
Miller, a 5-11, 175-pound junior from Solana Beach, Calif., averaged 43 yards per punt and ran for 22 yards on a fake punt to set up the go-ahead score in Southern Utah’s 30-20 road win over Montana. Miller punted seven times, pinning Montana inside its 20-yard line four times. The Grizzlies had minus-2 return yards. Miller’s biggest play came with the score tied at 20-20 in the fourth quarter. On and fourth-and-2 from the UM 49-yard line, Miller ran for 22 yards on a fake punt. It led to a 38-yard field goal, which gave SUU the lead for good. This is Miller’s first Big Sky Player of the Week honor.
ROOT SPORTS, the official television partner of the Big Sky Conference, will air Saturday’s game between North Dakota and Montana beginning at 2:30 p.m. Central, 1:30 p.m. Mountain.
Deonte Williams, RB, Cal Poly
Demitrius Bronson, RB, Eastern Washington
Kevin Yost, QB, Idaho State
Peter Nguyen, RB, Montana
Zach Bauman, RB, Northern Arizona
Jameer Jackson, WR, North Dakota
Seth Lobato, QB, Northern Colorado
Garrett Safron, QB, Sacramento State
Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah
Sullivan Grotz, DE, Cal Poly
Phil Pleasant, S, Idaho State
Brock Coyle, LB, Montana
Caleb Schreibeis, DE, Montana State
Ben Henson, NT, North Dakota
Todd Davis, LB, Sacramento State
Zak Browning, LB, Southern Utah
Anthony Morales, LB, Weber State
Bobby Zalud, K, Cal Poly
Dylan Zylstra, Eastern Washington
Dominic Gunn, Ret., Northern Colorado
Sam McCowan, Ret., Sacramento State
Brady Stuart, K, UC Davis
— Big Sky Conference Sports Information