Big Sky announces weekly awards

OGDEN, Utah — The Big Sky Conference has selected the ROOT SPORTS football Players of the Week for games played on Saturday, Sept. 6. Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is the Offensive Player of the Week. Northern Colorado cornerback Courtney Hall is the Defensive Player of the Week. North Dakota’s Spencer Cummings is the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Adams, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior from Pasadena, Calif., threw for a career-high 475 yards and seven touchdown passes in No. 2 Eastern Washington’s 59-52 loss to Washington of the Pac-12. Adams completed 31-of-46 passes. His 475 passing yards were the second-most in school single-game history. His seven TD passes surpassed his previous single-game high of six. Adams helped the Eagles rally from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit. The Eagles led twice in the second half. Adams finished with 491 yards of total offense. The reigning Big Sky Offensive MVP hiked his career passing touchdown total to 91, just seven shy of the all-time Big Sky record. This is Adams’ second straight Player of the Week honor and the eighth of his career.

Hall, a 5-8, 168-pound senior from Pompano Beach, Fla, recorded four tackles and intercepted two passes in Northern Colorado’s 13-12 loss to UNLV of the Mountain West Conference. Hall intercepted a UNLV pass in the first half, and nearly made game-winning interception late in the game when he stepped in front of a pass in the end zone with less than 10 seconds to play. Hall advanced the ball to the 15-yard line before he was tripped up. Hall helped the Northern Colorado defense hold UNLV to just 121 passing yards. The Bears picked off three passes. This is Hall’s first career Player of the Week honor.

Cummings, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior from Hugo, Minn., blocked two second-half field goal attempts by Robert Morris to help preserve a 16-13 victory over the Colonials on Saturday. Cummings’ first block came on RMU’s ensuring drive after UND went ahead 16-13 midway through the third quarter. His second block and third of the night for UND’s special teams came late in the four quarter. Cummings also had three tackles from his defensive end position. This is his first career Player of the Week honor.

ROOT SPORTS begins is coverage of Big Sky football on Sept. 20 when Eastern Washington takes on Montana State. ROOT SPORTS will televise 11 games this season featuring Big Sky Conference teams.

Others Nominated

Chris Brown, QB, Cal Poly
Justin Arias, QB, Idaho State
Travon Van, RB, Montana
Dakota Prukop, QB, Montana State
Kyren Poe, QB, Northern Arizona
R.J. McGill, WR, North Dakota
Shaquille Richard, RB, Portland State
Justin Brown, WR, Southern Utah
Corey Galindo, WR, UC Davis
Shaydon Kehano, WR, Weber State

Nick Dzubnar, LB, Cal Poly
Ronnie Hamlin, LB, Eastern Washington
Mario Jenkins, LB, Idaho State
Zack Wagenmann, DE, Montana
Na’a Moeakiola, LB, Montana State
Will Ratelle, LB, North Dakota
Austin Hasquet, LB, Northern Arizona
Corey Crowder, LB, Portland State
Darnell Sankey, LB, Sacramento State
James Cowser, DE, Southern Utah
Luke King, LB, Weber State
Nate Walker, CB, UC Davis

Special Teams
Zak Johnson, K, Idaho State
Stephen Shaw, P, Montana
Luke Daly, K, Montana State
Ben Sweet, P, Northern Arizona
Kyle Loomis, P, Portland State
Tate Lewis, P, Southern Utah
Shamawn Wright, Ret., UC Davis

— Big Sky Conference

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