OGDEN, Utah — The Big Sky Conference placed 15 players on the Associated Press Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team, leading all conferences in selections.
The team was released on Wednesday. Eastern Washington offensive lineman Will Post, and Montana State linebacker Jody Owens and Bobcat defensive end Caleb Schreibeis earned First Team accolades.
Cal Poly slotback Deonte Williams, Eastern Washington wide receiver Brandon Kaufman, Northern Colorado all-purpose player Dominic Gunn, Southern Utah kicker Colton Cook, Thunderbird defensive tackle Cody Larsen, Montana defensive end Zach Wagenmann, and Northern Arizona punter Andy Wilder were named to the Second Team.
UC Davis offensive lineman Sean Davies, Idaho State tight end Josh Hill, Eastern Washington kicker Jimmy Pavel, Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp, and Portland State linebacker Ian Sluss earned Third Team honors.
Post, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound senior from Portland, Ore., was also named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team last week. Post and the Eastern Washington Eagles take on Sam Houston State in a national semifinal on Saturday.
Owens, the Big Sky Defensive MVP, has also been named to the AFCA team and The Sports Network All-America Team. Owens, a 6-foot, 223-pound senior from Mesquite, Texas, finished the season with 96 tackles – 14.5 for loss – and four forced fumbles.
Schreibeis, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, led the Big Sky with 12.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He led the nation with eight forced fumbles. The Buchanan Award winner will be announced on Monday. Schreibeis was also named to The Sports Network All-America Team.
So far, 20 different Big Sky players have earned All-America honors from the AP, Sports Network, or AFCA.
Quarterback — Taylor Heinicke, sophomore, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Old Dominion.
Running backs — Miguel Maysonet, senior, 5-10, 205, Stony Brook; Eric Breitenstein, senior, 5-11, 230, Wofford.
Offensive linemen — Earl Watford, senior, 6-4, 290, James Madison; Mike Sellers, junior, 6-0, 295, The Citadel; Will Post, senior, 6-6, 295, Eastern Washington; Bill Turner, junior, 6-6, 300, North Dakota State; Roger Gaines, senior, 6-6, 320, Tennessee State.
Tight end — Kyle Juszczyk, senior, 6-3, 240, Harvard.
Receivers — Aaron Mellett, senior, 6-4, 220, Elon; Erik Lora, 5-10, 181, junior, Eastern Illinois.
All-purpose player — Walter Powell, junior, 6-0, 180, Murray State.
Kicker — Patrick Murray, senior, 5-7, 160, Fordham.
Linemen — Caleb Schreibeis, senior, 6-3, 252, Montana State; Colton Underwood, junior, 6-4, 255, Illinois State; Brent Russell, senior, 6-2, 300, Georgia Southern; Brandon Thurmond, senior, 6-2, 260, Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Linebackers — Matt Evans, senior, 6-0, 228, New Hampshire; Jody Owens, senior, 6-0, 223, Montana State; Robert McCabe, senior, 6-2, 230, Georgetown.
Defensive backs — Darnell Taylor, senior, 6-0, 195, Sam Houston State; Marcus Williams, junior, 5-11, 194, North Dakota State; Jaquiski Tartt, sophomore, 6-1, 220, Samford; Cooper Taylor, senior, 6-5, 235, Richmond.
Punter — Sam Martin, senior, 6-1, 205, Appalachian State.
Quarterback — Casey Brockman, senior, Murray State.
Running backs — Zach Zenner, sophomore, South Dakota State; Deonte Williams, senior, Cal Poly.
Linemen — Terren Jones, senior, Alabama State; Michael Bamiro, junior, Stony Brook; Bryan Witzmann, junior, South Dakota State; J.C. Tretter, senior, Cornell; Corey Howard, senior, Central Arkansas.
Tight end — A.C. Leonard, sophomore, Tennessee State.
Receivers — Jordan Harris, junior, Bryant; Brandon Kaufman, junior, Eastern Washington.
All-purpose player — Dominic Gunn, senior, Northern Colorado.
Kicker — Colton Cook, junior, Southern Utah.
Linemen — Cody Larsen, senior, Southern Utah; Davis Tull, sophomore, Chattanooga; Mike Catapano, senior, Princeton; Zach Wagenmann, sophomore, Montana.
Linebackers — Jeremy Kimbrough, senior, Appalachian State; Stephon Robertson, junior, James Madison; Blake Peiffer, senior, Southeast Misssouri.
Defensive backs — Robert Alford, senior, Southeastern Louisiana; B.W. Webb, senior, William & Mary; Demetrius McCray, senior, Appalachian State; Johnny Towalid, senior, Indiana State.
Punter — Andy Wilder, junior, Northern Arizona.
Quarterback — Gavin McCarney, junior, Colgate.
Running backs — Shakir Bell, junior, Indiana State; Tim Flanders, junior, Sam Houston State.
Linemen — Randy Richards, senior, Missouri State; Garrett Frye, sophomore, Georgia Southern; Aaron Adams, senior, Eastern Kentucky; Sean Davies, senior, UC Davis; Dakota Dozier, junior, Furman.
Tight end — Josh Hill, senior, Idaho State.
Receivers — Cordell Roberson, senior, Stephen F. Austin; Kevin Norrell, senior, Stony Brook.
All-purpose player — Tyler Varga, sophomore, Yale.
Kicker — Jimmy Pavel, senior, Eastern Washington.
Linemen — Caraun Reid, senior, Princeton; Ken Boatright, senior, Southern Illinois; Joseph Lebeau, senior, Jackson State; Andrew Weaver, junior, Sam Houston State.
Linebackers — Jordan Tripp, junior, Montana; Keith Pough, senior, Howard; Ian Sluss, senior, Portland State.
Defensive backs — Kejuan Riley, senior, Alabama State; Steven Godbolt, sophomore, Tennessee State; Ben Ericksen, senior, Illinois State; Caleb Schaffitzel, sophomore, Missouri State.
Punter — Bobby Wenzig, junior, Alabama State.
— Big Sky Conference
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