BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Offensive Player of the Year: Jake Maier, QB, UC Davis
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. For the second consecutive season, an Aggie has claimed the top offensive honor, as he led the UCD to a share of the league title and a playoff berth for the first time in school history.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jay-Tee Tiuli, DT, Eastern Washington
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.
Freshman of the Year: Josh Davis, RB, Weber State
Weber State football reached another historic milestone in a record-setting season. Wildcat running back Josh Davis has been named the National Freshman of the Year and the recipient of the prestigious Jerry Rice Award, presented annually by STATS to the nation’s top freshman.
Newcomer of the Year: Dalton Sneed, QB, Montana
Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed was named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year. He threw for 2,723 yds passing and 22 Tds, leading the Grizzlies to a 6-5 record.