UC Davis QB Maier, EWU DT Tiuli earn Big Sky MVP honors


OGDEN, Utah (November 20, 2018) – 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 junior quarterback Dalton Sneed/ by Russ Hons, UND athletics

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
Wide Receiver*$Keelan DossSeniorUC Davis
Wide Receiver$Mitch GuellerJuniorIdaho State
Wide ReceiverNsimba WebsterSeniorEastern Washington
Tackle$Iosua OpetaSeniorWeber State
TackleBrian FineanganofoSeniorIdaho State
GuardNoah JohnsonJuniorIdaho
GuardTy WhitworthSophomoreWeber State
Center$Zach LarsenJuniorSouthern Utah
Tight EndCharlie TaumoepeauJuniorPortland State
Quarterback*Jake MaierJuniorUC Davis
Quarterback*Troy AndersenSophomoreMontana State
Running BackElijah DotsonSophomoreSacramento State
Running BackJosh DavisFreshmanWeber State
Fullback*%Joe ProtheroeSeniorCal Poly
KickerRoldan AlcobendasSeniorEastern Washington
Returner*$Rashid ShaheedSophomoreWeber State
Tackle*$Jay-Tee TiuliSeniorEastern Washington
TackleFilipe SitakeSeniorWeber State
EndJonah WilliamsJuniorWeber State
EndAdam RodriguezJuniorWeber State
EndKeenan WilliamsSeniorEastern Washington
Outside LinebackerKaden EllissSeniorIdaho
Outside LinebackerLandon SticeSeniorWeber State
Inside Linebacker*$LeGrand ToiaSeniorWeber State
Inside LinebackerDante OlsonJuniorMontana
CornerbackKeilan BenjaminSeniorWeber State
CornerbackKhalil DorseyJuniorNorthern Arizona
SafetyJordan PreatorSeniorWeber State
SafetyJawian HarrisonSeniorWeber State
PunterRoldan AlcobendasSeniorEastern Washington
PunterCade CoffeySophomoreIdaho
Special Teams$Brady MaySeniorWeber State
Wide ReceiverAlex WesleySeniorNorthern Colorado
Wide ReceiverSamuel AkemSophomoreMontana
Wide ReceiverEmmanuel ButlerSeniorNorthern Arizona
Wide ReceiverMichael DeanJuniorIdaho State
TackleChris SchlichtingJuniorEastern Washington
TackleMitch BrottJuniorMontana State
GuardKaleb LevaoSeniorEastern Washington
GuardTyler WhisenhuntJuniorCal Poly
CenterSpencer BlackburnSeniorEastern Washington
Tight EndWes PreeceJuniorUC Davis
QuarterbackTanner GuellerSeniorIdaho State
Running BackJames MadisonSeniorIdaho State
Running BackSam McPhersonSeniorEastern Washington
FullbackBrady MaySeniorWeber State
KickerTrey TuttleSophomoreWeber State
ReturnerJerry Louie-McGeeJuniorMontana
TackleTucker YatesSeniorMontana State
TackleDJ HendersonSeniorIdaho
EndTyron Fa’anonoSeniorMontana State
EndMitchell JohnsonFreshmanEastern Washington
Outside LinebackerMason MoeSeniorUC Davis
Outside LinebackerBryce SterkJuniorMontana State
Inside LinebackerJosh BussSeniorMontana
Inside LinebackerKetner KuppSeniorEastern Washington
CornerbackJosh LewisSeniorEastern Washington
CornerbackVince WhiteSeniorUC Davis
SafetyKam’ron JohnsonSeniorNorthern Arizona
SafetyWes SuttonSeniorNorthern Arizona
PunterDoug LloydJuniorWeber State
Special TeamsJace LewisSophomoreMontana
Wide ReceiverJared HarrellSophomoreUC Davis
Wide ReceiverDavid UngererSeniorIdaho
Wide ReceiverJ.J. KoskiJuniorCal Poly
TackleMarquez TuckerSeniorSouthern Utah
TackleJosh BrownSeniorPortland State
TackleBeau ByusSeniorEastern Washington
GuardJack HunterSeniorEastern Washington
GuardKorbin SorensonSophomorePortland State
CenterHarry WhitsonSeniorCal Poly
Tight EndTheron VernaSeniorNorthern Colorado
QuarterbackEric BarriereSophomoreEastern Washington
Running BackUlonzo GilliamFreshmanUC Davis
Running BackIsaiah SaundersSeniorIdaho
FullbackHenderson BelkSeniorEastern Washington
KickerAlex VegaSeniorCal Poly
KickerCody WilliamsFreshmanPortland State
ReturnerJudd CockettSophomoreSouthern Utah
TackleKenton BartlettJuniorPortland State
TackleJalen GossJuniorNorthern Arizona
EndJesse SimsJuniorMontana
EndKeifer MorrisSeniorNorthern Colorado
Outside LinebackerPaea MoalaSeniorIdaho State
Outside LinebackerAuston TeschJuniorWeber State
Inside LinebackerChristian EllissSophomoreIdaho
Inside LinebackerKody GravesJuniorIdaho State
Inside LinebackerChinedu AhanonuSeniorSouthern Utah
CornerbackParker PreatorSeniorWeber State
CornerbackMaurice DavisonSeniorNorthern Arizona
SafetyMitch FettigSeniorEastern Washington
SafetyIsaiah OlaveSeniorUC Davis
PunterDJ ArnsonSeniorNorthern Arizona
Special TeamsCurtis BillenSeniorEastern Washington
Special TeamsAndy WhittierSeniorIdaho 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

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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