Troy Andersen, Dante Olson lead Bobcats, Grizzlies on all-Big Sky Conference teams

Posted at 2:44 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 16:44:47-05
Montana State quarterback Troy Andersen fights for yardage against Montana at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. (SLIM KIMMEL/MTN Sports)

(Editor’s note: Big Sky Conference media release)

OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference is primed and ready for the FCS Playoffs, as it has just wrapped up the regular season. With a few days to go before the playoffs begin, the Big Sky has announced its Football All-Conference team and individual award winners for 2018.

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 quarterback Jake Maier was voted the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. Maier, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, finished the regular season as one of the best passers in the nation. He leads the Big Sky and ranks third in the FCS in passing yards per game (307.8) and passing yards (3,387). For the second consecutive season, UC Davis has claimed the top offensive honor, as he led the Aggies to a share of the league title and a playoff berth for the first time in school history.

Eastern Washington defensive tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli was named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. Tiuli has 29 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss of 36 yards, 4.0 sacks for a loss of 30 yards, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. The Eagles earned a share of the league title and have advanced to the FCS Playoffs for the 13th time in school history. Tiuli is the first Eastern Washington player to earn DPOTY honors since J.C. Sherritt in 2010.

Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed was named the Newcomer of the Year. The transfer registered seven multiple touchdown games, including a season-high five touchdown passes. Third in the league in passing yards with 2,723, Sneed has completed 22 touchdown passes.

Weber State’s Josh Davis was voted the league’s Freshman of the Year. The all-purpose player ranks third in the FCS in all-purpose yards per game (170.00) and sixth in total all-purpose yards (1,700). He has seven games of 100-plus more rushing yards and two games with 200-plus with a season-high of 225.

Cal Poly fullback Joe Protheroe is the lone three-time All-First Team honoree on the list. He was also a unanimous selection in his final season, as he leads the nation in rushing yards at 1,810.

UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss, Idaho State wide receiver Mitch Gueller, Weber State offensive tackle Iosua Opeta, Southern Utah center Zach Larsen, and Weber State kick returner Rashid Shaheed are all two-time first team honorees. Doss, Maier, Shaheed and Troy Andersen were all unanimous First Team offensive honorees. Tiuli and Weber State’s LeGrand Toia and Brady May were all two-time First Team selections on defense, while Tiuli and Toia were unanimous selections.

Co-conference champion Weber State placed 13 players on the first team, followed by Eastern Washington with five and Idaho with three selections.

All 13 teams in the league had at least one player selected to one of the three teams. Eastern Washington and Weber State tied for the most all-conference selections with 18 apiece.

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: Jake Maier, UC Davis
Defensive Player of the Year: Jay-Tee Tiuli, Eastern Washington
Freshman of the Year: Josh Davis, Weber State
Newcomer of the Year: Dalton Sneed, Montana

* – Unanimous All-First Team Selection
$ – Two-Time All-Big Sky First Team Selection
% – Three-Time All-Big Sky First Team Selection

 2018 Big Sky Football All-Conference Team
Position Player Year School
Wide Receiver *$Keelan Doss Senior UC Davis
Wide Receiver $Mitch Gueller Junior Idaho State
Wide Receiver Nsimba Webster Senior Eastern Washington
Tackle $Iosua Opeta Senior Weber State
Tackle Brian Fineanganofo Senior Idaho State
Guard Noah Johnson Junior Idaho
Guard Ty Whitworth Sophomore Weber State
Center $Zach Larsen Junior Southern Utah
Tight End Charlie Taumoepeau Junior Portland State
Quarterback *Jake Maier Junior UC Davis
Quarterback *Troy Andersen Sophomore Montana State
Running Back Elijah Dotson Sophomore Sacramento State
Running Back Josh Davis Freshman Weber State
Fullback *%Joe Protheroe Senior Cal Poly
Kicker Roldan Alcobendas Senior Eastern Washington
Returner *$Rashid Shaheed Sophomore Weber State
Position Player Year School
Tackle *$Jay-Tee Tiuli Senior Eastern Washington
Tackle Filipe Sitake Senior Weber State
End Jonah Williams Junior Weber State
End Adam Rodriguez Junior Weber State
End Keenan Williams Senior Eastern Washington
Outside Linebacker Kaden Elliss Senior Idaho
Outside Linebacker Landon Stice Senior Weber State
Inside Linebacker *$LeGrand Toia Senior Weber State
Inside Linebacker Dante Olson Junior Montana
Cornerback Keilan Benjamin Senior Weber State
Cornerback Khalil Dorsey Junior Northern Arizona
Safety Jordan Preator Senior Weber State
Safety Jawian Harrison Senior Weber State
Punter Roldan Alcobendas Senior Eastern Washington
Punter Cade Coffey Sophomore Idaho
Special Teams $Brady May Senior Weber State
Position Player Year School
Wide Receiver Alex Wesley Senior Northern Colorado
Wide Receiver Samuel Akem Sophomore Montana
Wide Receiver Emmanuel Butler Senior Northern Arizona
Wide Receiver Michael Dean Junior Idaho State
Tackle Chris Schlichting Junior Eastern Washington
Tackle Mitch Brott Junior Montana State
Guard Kaleb Levao Senior Eastern Washington
Guard Tyler Whisenhunt Junior Cal Poly
Center Spencer Blackburn Senior Eastern Washington
Tight End Wes Preece Junior UC Davis
Quarterback Tanner Gueller Senior Idaho State
Running Back James Madison Senior Idaho State
Running Back Sam McPherson Senior Eastern Washington
Fullback Brady May Senior Weber State
Kicker Trey Tuttle Sophomore Weber State
Returner Jerry Louie-McGee Junior Montana
Position Player Year School
Tackle Tucker Yates Senior Montana State
Tackle DJ Henderson Senior Idaho
End Tyron Fa’anono Senior Montana State
End Mitchell Johnson Freshman Eastern Washington
Outside Linebacker Mason Moe Senior UC Davis
Outside Linebacker Bryce Sterk Junior Montana State
Inside Linebacker Josh Buss Senior Montana
Inside Linebacker Ketner Kupp Senior Eastern Washington
Cornerback Josh Lewis Senior Eastern Washington
Cornerback Vince White Senior UC Davis
Safety Kam’ron Johnson Senior Northern Arizona
Safety Wes Sutton Senior Northern Arizona
Punter Doug Lloyd Junior Weber State
Special Teams Jace Lewis Sophomore Montana
Position Player Year School
Wide Receiver Jared Harrell Sophomore UC Davis
Wide Receiver David Ungerer Senior Idaho
Wide Receiver J.J. Koski Junior Cal Poly
Tackle Marquez Tucker Senior Southern Utah
Tackle Josh Brown Senior Portland State
Tackle Beau Byus Senior Eastern Washington
Guard Jack Hunter Senior Eastern Washington
Guard Korbin Sorenson Sophomore Portland State
Center Harry Whitson Senior Cal Poly
Tight End Theron Verna Senior Northern Colorado
Quarterback Eric Barriere Sophomore Eastern Washington
Running Back Ulonzo Gilliam Freshman UC Davis
Running Back Isaiah Saunders Senior Idaho
Fullback Henderson Belk Senior Eastern Washington
Kicker Alex Vega Senior Cal Poly
Kicker Cody Williams Freshman Portland State
Returner Judd Cockett Sophomore Southern Utah
Position Player Year School
Tackle Kenton Bartlett Junior Portland State
Tackle Jalen Goss Junior Northern Arizona
End Jesse Sims Junior Montana
End Keifer Morris Senior Northern Colorado
Outside Linebacker Paea Moala Senior Idaho State
Outside Linebacker Auston Tesch Junior Weber State
Inside Linebacker Christian Elliss Sophomore Idaho
Inside Linebacker Kody Graves Junior Idaho State
Inside Linebacker Chinedu Ahanonu Senior Southern Utah
Cornerback Parker Preator Senior Weber State
Cornerback Maurice Davison Senior Northern Arizona
Safety Mitch Fettig Senior Eastern Washington
Safety Isaiah Olave Senior UC Davis
Punter DJ Arnson Senior Northern Arizona
Special Teams Curtis Billen Senior Eastern Washington
Special Teams Andy Whittier Senior Idaho State


Honorable Mention

Wide Receiver – Jerry Louie-McGee, Montana; Darryl Denby, Weber State

Tackle – Zach Shallcross, Cal Poly; Jamison Pruitt, Northern Arizona; Taylor Tappin, Sacramento State

Guard – Malik Noshi, Northern Arizona; Zach Wilkinson, Northern Colorado

Center – Dallen Collins, Idaho State; Ben Bos, Weber State

Tight End – Austin Campbell, Idaho State; McCoy Hill, Southern Utah

Quarterback – Dalton Sneed, Montana

Running Back – Antoine Custer, Eastern Washington; Ty Flanagan, Idaho State; Isaiah Ifanse, Montana State; Cory Young, Northern Arizona; Tehran Thomas, UC Davis

Fullback – Justice Litrell, Northern Colorado

Placekicker – Tim Semenza, Montana

Return Specialist – David Ungerer, Idaho; Namane Modise, UC Davis

Special Teams Player – Marcel Myers, Northern Arizona

Tackle – Dylan Ledbetter, Eastern Washington; Treven Aloi, Idaho State; Kainoa Fuiava; Idaho State; David Shaw, Montana; Semise Kofe, Portland State

End – Reggie Tilleman, Montana, Aaron Andrews, Northern Arizona; Larry Ross, Portland State

Outside Linebacker – Taylor Nelson, Southern Utah

Inside Linebacker – Matt Shotwell, Cal Poly; Grant Collins, Montana State; Henry Stelzner, Northern Colorado

Cornerback – Dominic Frasch, Cal Poly; D’londo Tucker, Eastern Washington; Greg Filer, Montana State

Safety – Nzuzi Webster, Eastern Washington; Adkin Aguirre, Idaho State; Robby Hauck, Montana; Jahque Alleyne, Montana State; Brayden Konkol, Montana State; Sherand Boyd Northern Colorado

Punter – Daniel Whelan, UC Davis