Skyline Sports 2021 preseason All-Big Sky selections


SPOKANE, Washington – At long last, football in full force will return around the Big Sky Conference.

After the postponement of the 2020 fall season and an abbreviated, truncated spring slate that did not include some of the league’s most prominent teams, the Big Sky will return to action in September of 2021.

The 13-team league features four squads — Sacramento State, Weber State, Montana State and Montana — who earned postseason seeds and the first-round byes in the FCS playoffs that comes with each during the 2019 season. Montana, Montana State, Portland State and Northern Colorado opted out of the most recent spring season while Cal Poly only played the first half.

This season’s conference includes a variety of fascinating storylines — for example, only Eastern Washington’s Eric Barriere and Portland State’s Davis Alexander are the only certainly entrenched quarterbacks entering the upcoming campaign — and much intrigue for every team in the conference.

It’s been since Montana State fell at North Dakota State in the Final Four of the FCS playoffs that Skyline Sports has provided comprehensive coverage of the Big Sky. On Monday, July 26, the media portion of the Big Sky Kickoff media conference commences. The league will release its preseason All-Conference teams. Here’s how Skyline Sports leading up to the 2021 season.

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington

Preseason Defensive Most Outstanding Player

Jace Lewis, Montana


Quarterback – Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington

Wide receiver – Samuel Akem, Montana

Sac State senior wide receiver Pierre Williams, pictured here against Montana in 2018/ by Jason Bacaj

Pierre Williams, Sac State

Emmanuel Daigbe, Portland State

Running backs – Isaiah Ifanse, Montana State

Elijah Dotson, Sac State

Fullback – R.J. Fitzgerald, Montana State

Tight end – Marshel Martin, Sac State

Tackles – Tristen Taylor, Eastern Washington

Lewis Kidd, Montana State

Montana State offensive lineman Lewis Kidd (76) and Taylor Tuiasosopo (51) carry the Great Divide Trophy/by Brooks Nuanez

Guards – Taylor Tuiasosopo, Montana State

Ty Whitworth, Weber State

Center – Terron Carey, Idaho State

Portland State true freshman kicker Cody Williams drilled a 56-yard field goal at the buzzer to lift PSU to an improbable 22-20 win in Missoula over Montana in 2018/ by Jason Bacaj

Kicker – Cody Williams, Portland State

Return specialist – Rashid Shaheed, Weber State


Tackle – Chase Benson, Montana State

Jared Schiess, Weber State

Defensive end – Amandre Williams, Montana State

George Tarlas, Weber State

Montana linebacker Patrick O’Connell/ contributed

Outside linebackers – Patrick O’Connell, Montana

Troy Andersen, Montana State

Inside linebackers – Tre Walker, Idaho

Jace Lewis, Montana

Cornerbacks – Anthony Adams, Portland State

Jalen Hoover, Idaho

Safeties – Robby Hauck, Montana

Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen (15) in 2019/by Brooks Nuanez

Preston Smith, Weber State

Punter – D.J. Arnson, Northern Arizona

Long Snapper – Matthew O’Donoghue, Montana

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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