Big Sky Conference

Sneed, Graves, Shaheed earn Big Sky weekly awards


OGDEN, Utah (Sept. 24, 2018) – The Big Sky Conference announced its ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Football Players of the Week on Monday. The Offensive Player of the Week honor went to Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed, Kody Graves of Idaho State was named the Defensive Player of the Week, while Weber State return specialist Rashid Shaheed picked up Special Teams accolades.

Sneed set a new UM record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a game with 206, which is the eighth-best single-game rushing performance in program history by any player. He also rushed for three touchdowns, with a long run of 75 yards. Sneed also passed for 234 for 234 yards and a touchdown on 22 completions with no interceptions. He finished the game with 440 yards of total offense and was responsible for for touchdowns. No other player in the Big Sky produced as much total offense in week 4 action.

Sneed now leads the Big Sky in total offense, averaging 340 yards per game, and sits third in all of FCS football in total production. The last Grizzly to rush for over 200 yards in a game was Jordan Canada, who put up 211 yards at Southern Utah in 2014. The last Grizzly to rush for over 100 yards was also a quarterback, with Makena Simis rushing for 101 in a win over Northern Arizona in 2017.

Sneed’s honor is the third for the Grizzlies over four weeks of play in 2018, with Dante Olson picking up back-to-back Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week honors the first two weeks of the season.

On Sunday, Sneed was also given an honorable mention for national FCS player of the week by the College Sports Performance Awards and was named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness as well.

Weber State sophomore Rashid Shaheed, pictured here last season/ courtesy of Weber State athletics

Graves, a junior linebacker, had a career-high 14 tackles to lead the Bengals to a 25-21 win over No. 22 North Dakota. He also had his first career interception. Graves and the Bengals held North Dakota 150 yards of total offense in the second half and kept them off the scoreboard in the final two quarters.

Graves is the first Bengal defender to be named Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week since Mario Jenkins won the honor on Sept. 18 of last season.

Shaheed, a sophomore from San Diego, registered a 100-yard kickoff return in Weber State’s win over Northern Colorado. He opened the second half by taking the opening kickoff the length of the field for a touchdown. It was the ninth 100-yard kickoff return in Weber State history and the second of Shaheed’s career.

He finished the game with 210 all-purpose yards. He had two receptions for 63 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. He also had two kickoff returns for 127 yards and had one punt return for 20 yards. On the season, Shaheed is second in the country in kickoff returns with six returns for 224 yards, an average of 37.3 yards per return.

This his Shaheed’s second career Big Sky Player of the Week honor.

Other Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week: Antoine Custer, EWU; Mitch Gueller, ISU; Troy Andersen, MSU; Daniel Bridge-Gadd, NAU; Alex Wesley, UNC; Davis Alexander, PSU; Elijah Dotson, SAC; Jay Green, SUU; Josh Davis, WSU.

Other Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week: Jim Townsend, EWU; Ed Hall, UI; Josh Buss, UM; Bryce Sterk, MSU; Khalil Dorsey, NAU; Keifer Glau, UNC; Kasun Jackett, PSU; Chinedu Ahanonu, SUU; LeGrand Toia, WSU.

Other Nominees for Special Teams Player of the Week: Roldan Alcobendas, EWU; Campbell Sheidow, ISU; Tim Semenza, UM; Cameron Horsting, NAU; Cody Williams, PSU.


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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