FARMINGTON, Utah (September 16, 2019) – The Big Sky ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week honor went to UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier. Sacramento State defensive lineman Dariyn Choates was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Montana State’s Tristan Bailey earned Special Teams honors.
Maier completed 38 of 49 passes for a season-high 389 yards in UC Davis’ 41-13 win over Lehigh. He tossed four touchdown passes without throwing an interception to give the No. 4 Aggies their second non-conference FCS win this season. The senior completed passes to 11 different receivers on the day. Maier exited the game with 12:39 to go in the fourth quarter and a 41-0 lead.
Choates led a Sacramento State defense that kept visiting Northern Colorado out of the end-zone, as the Hornets defeated the Bears 50-0. The senior registered six total tackles, including a career-high 3.5 for a loss of nine yards. Choates added two forced fumbles and a pass breakup, as Sacramento State shutout an opponent for the first time since 2011. He added to the team’s point total when he stopped Milo Hall in the end zone on a rush attempt for Sacramento State’s first safety in two years. The Hornets finished the game with 10.0 tackles-for-loss.
Bailey converted three field goals, two in the final 12 minutes, to aide in Montana State’s 23-14 win at Western Illinois on Saturday. Bailey nailed a 41-yarder with 11:13 to play to push the Bobcat lead to 20-14, then hit a 47-yarder with 2:40 remaining to give the Bobcats a two-possession lead. The senior kicked both the fourth-quarter field goals into a prevailing wind as strong as 15 mph. Bailey finished the day 3-for-3 on field goals, 2-for-2 on extra points, and he averaged 62.7 yards on his six kickoffs, with a pair of touchbacks and one other pin inside the 25-yard line. He went 4-of-4 against WIU last season in MSU’s 26-23 victory.
Others Nominated – Offense: Kevin Thomson, SAC; Case Cookus, NAU; Duy Trans-Sampson, CP; Logan Jones, MSU; Antoine Custer, EWU; Lance Lawson, SUU; Jerry Louie-McGee, UM.
Defense: Khalil Dorsey, NAU; Jonah Williams, WSU; Dante Olson, UM; Nick Eaton, UCD, Bryce Sterk, MSU; Ryan Lesch, PSU; Jack Sendelbach, EWU; Tre Walker, UI; Aaron Romero, SUU; Kody Graves, ISU.
Special Teams: Luis Aguilar, NAU; Daniel Whelan, MSU; Dre Dorton, EWU; Cade Coffey, UI; Trey Tuttle, WSU; Adam Wilson, UM.