Player of the Week

Big Sky Player of the Week honors highlighted by FBS victories


FARMINGTON, Utah (Sept. 6, 2021) – After a sensational Week 1 for Big Sky football that led to three FBS victories, five student-athletes representing three schools were selected for the ROOT SPORTS Players of the Week on Monday. 

EWU’s Eric Barriere and UC Davis’ Hunter Rodrigues were named Co-Offensive Players of the Week, Montana’s Marcus Welnel earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades, and UC Davis’ Isaiah Gomez and Montana’s Brian Buschini were selected as Co-Special Teams Players of the Week. 

On the offensive side of the ball, Barriere and Rodrigues each led their teams to an FBS win as both quarterbacks passed for over 300 yards. Barriere tossed three touchdowns to go along with his 374 yards passing against UNLV, while adding 32 yards on the ground to earn his 11th career game with over 400 yards of total offense. Rodrigues connected on 28 of 35 passes for 80% completion rate, which tops the FCS, while throwing for 311 yards and a score to lead UC Davis past Tulsa.

On defense, Welnel kept pressure on Washington all day, totaling 12 tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, as well as a game-sealing interception. Welnel and the Montana defense picked off Washington three times, while holding the high-powered offense to just seven points and 65 yards rushing. 

Specialists Gomez and Buschini were each instrumental in their team’s FBS victories over the weekend. Gomez connected on all four of his field goals, which tied a school record and matched his entire spring output, while accounting for 13 of the 19 points UC Davis scored in its win at Tulsa. Buschini helped flip the field for Montana in its win over Washington, averaging 47.0 yards per punt on seven attempts, forcing five fair catches, pinning three punts inside the 20 and booming a long of 58 on the day. 

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Others Nominated
Stacy Chukwumezie (NAU), Judd Cockett (Southern Utah), Marshel Martin (Sac State), Davis Alexander (Portland State), Cam Humphrey (Montana), Spencer Brasch (Cal Poly)
Def: La’akea Kaho’ohanohano-Davis (Southern Utah), Connor Wills (Idaho State), Noah Elliss (Idaho), Chris Venable (UC Davis), Morgan Vest (NAU), Josiah Erickson (Sac State), Anthony Adams (Portland State), Jace Bobo (Northern Colorado), Troy Andersen (Montana State), Ty Graham (EWU), Elijah Ponder (Cal Poly)
ST: Jake Gerardi (Southern Utah), Rashid Shaheed (Weber State), Kevin Ryan (Idaho State), DJ Arnson (NAU), Sam Clark (Sac State), Tyrees Shakir (Portland State), Nick Kokich (EWU)

Past Player of the Week Honorees
Off: QB, Justin Miller, Southern Utah (Aug. 30)
Def: DB, Kobe Singleton, Southern Utah (Aug. 30)
ST: P, Jake Gerardi, Southern Utah (Aug. 30)

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