Big Sky announces awards

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.

Others Nominated


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