OGDEN, Utah — DeAndre Carter, Tyler Worthley and Todd Davis highlighted nine Sacramento State players who earned all-Big Sky Conference honors by being named to the first team, it was announced today.
Carter set career highs with 64 receptions and 934 yards while tying the Sacramento State single-season record with 14 receiving touchdowns. The junior caught a pass in all 11 games in which he played, including 12 against Southern Oregon and Montana. After being held out of the end zone against San Jose State and Arizona State, Carter broke out with a school record five receiving touchdowns against Southern Oregon. From that point, he had at least one touchdown in seven of the next eight games.
Worthley started all 45 games of his career at guard for the Hornets, A preseason all-Big Sky selection, he became the first Sacramento State offensive lineman to earn first team all-conference honors since Terence Wagner in 2001.
Davis led the Big Sky and ranked fifth nationally in the FCS with 10.9 tackles per game. His total of 131 stops is the fifth most in school single season history and he concluded his career with 351 total tackles to rank second in the Hornet record book. Davis, who was honorable mention in 2011 and a second team selection in 2012, also had five sacks, two interceptions, a pair of forced fumbles and four pass breakups during the season.
Quarterback Garrett Safron and punter Justin Weldon were named to the second team. Both players set single game, single season and career records during the year. Safron completed 294-of-460 pass attempts for 3,289 yards and 27 touchdowns while starting all 12 games at quarterback. Each of those numbers set school records. He was also the team's leading rusher with 492 yards and seven touchdowns and tallied 3,781 yards of total offense.
Safron was a three-time ROOT Sports Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week, including after a 554-yard, four touchdown performance at Portland State. His performance in that game helped him become the career leader in Hornet history with 52 touchdown passes. The junior also set the school record with seven touchdown passes against Southern Oregon.
Weldon finished fourth in the FCS with an average of 44.9 yards per punt. That mark easily set the Sacramento State single-season record and his career average of 44.2 is also the best by a Hornet. Against UC Davis, Weldon boomed a 78-yard punt which broke the school mark of 75 which was set in 1973.
Morris Norrise earned third team honors following a career year. The senior caught a team-leading 81 passes (the second most in school history) for 870 yards and four touchdowns. Norrise finished his career with 214 catches for 2,650 yards and 19 touchdowns to rank second in each statistical category. The all-conference honor is the fourth for the Berkeley, Calif., native following honorable mention in 2010 and 2011 and second team in 2012.
Darnell Sankey, Shane Harrison and Markell Williams each garnered honorable mention. Sankey led the team with six sacks, was second with 9.0 tackles-for-loss and third with 65 total tackles. Sankey was selected as a national player of the week after tallying three sacks, 4.5 TFLs and 10 tackles in the win at Weber State. Harrison caught 49 passes for 594 yards and a touchdown. Williams ranked fourth on the team with 57 total tackles, including four for loss, in his 10 games.
Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington was named the Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Eagles to an undefeated Big Sky season. Brad Daly of Montana State and Cal Poly's Sullivan Grosz shared the Defensive Player of the Year award. The Freshman of the Year went to Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp. Gabe Manzanares of UC Davis was the Newcomer of the Year.
|ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM|
|WR||Cooper Kupp||Fr.||Eastern Washington|
|WR||Greg Hardin||Sr.||North Dakota|
|WR||DeAndre Carter||Jr.||Sacramento State|
|OT||Mitchell Van Dyk||Sr.||Portland State|
|OG||Tyler Worthley||Sr.||Sacramento State|
|OG||Lefi Fetuligasenoa||Sr.||Cal Poly|
|C||Ashton Miller||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
|TE||RJ Rickert||Jr.||Northern Arizona|
|QB||Vernon Adams||So.||Eastern Washington|
|RB||Zach Bauman||Sr.||Northern Arizona|
|RB||DJ Adams||Sr.||Portland State|
|FB||Akaninyene Umoh||Sr.||Cal Poly|
|K||Colton Cook||Sr.||Southern Utah|
|RS||Shawn Johnson||Jr.||Montana State|
|DT||Sullivan Grosz||Sr.||Cal Poly|
|DT||Tiim Wilkinson||Sr.||Northern Arizona|
|DE||Brad Daly||Sr.||Montana State|
|ILB||Todd Davis||Sr.||Sacramento State|
|ILB||Zak Browning||So.||Southern Utah|
|CB||Anders Battle||Sr.||Northern Arizona|
|CB||TJ Lee III||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
|S||Lucky Dozier||Sr.||Northern Arizona|
|S||Alex Hubbard||Sr.||Cal Poly|
|P||Kyle Loomis||Jr.||Portland State|
|ST||Bo Shutzle||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
|WR||Luke Austin||Sr.||Idaho State|
|WR||Ashton Clark||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
|OT||Clay DeBord||So.||Eastern Washington|
|OT||Giovanni Sani||Sr.||Cal Poly|
|OG||Steven Fogette||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
|C||Roy Garcia||Jr.||Northern Arizona|
|QB||Garrett Safron||Jr.||Sacramento State|
|RB||Cody Kirk||Sr.||Montana State|
|RB||Kristaan Ivory||Jr.||Cal Poly|
|FB||Nick Butier||So.||Northern Colorado|
|K||Brendon Garcia||Sr.||Idaho State|
|DT||Andru Pulo||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
|DE||James Cowser||So.||Southern Utah|
|DE||Nick King||Sr.||UC Davis|
|OLB||Ronnie Hamlin||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
|OLB||Johnny Millard||Sr.||Cal Poly|
|ILB||Clarence Bumpas||Sr.||Northern Colorado|
|CB||Deonte Flowers||Jr.||Montana State|
|S||Tommy Collet, Jr.||Sr.||Southern Utah|
|P||Justin Weldon||Sr.||Sacramento State|
|ST||Chad Newall||Fr.||Montana State|
ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM
|WR||Tanner Bleskin||Sr.||Montana State|
|WR||Morris Norrise||Sr.||Sacramento State|
|WR||Kasey Closs||Jr.||Portland State|
|OT||Cody Burgess||Sr.||Southern Utah|
|OT||Jacob Julian||Fr.||Northern Arizona|
|OG||Cornelius Edison||Jr.||Portland State|
|OG||JP Flynn||Fr.||Montana State|
|C||Gavin Farr||Sr.||Southern Utah|
|TE||Zack Gehring||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
|RB||Gabe Manzanares||Jr.||UC Davis|
|RB||Quincy Forte||Jr.||Eastern Washington|
|K||Brady Stuart||So.||UC Davis|
|RS||Greg Hardin||Sr.||North Dakota|
|DT||Chima Ike||Sr.||Northern Arizona|
|DE||Anthony Larry||Sr.||Eastern Washington|
|DE||Jake Irwin||Jr.||Cal Poly|
|OLB||Matt Holley||Jr.||Southern Utah|
|OLB||Mike Dosen||Sr.||Northern Arizona|
|ILB||Nick Dzubnar||Sr.||Cal Poly|
|ILB||Austin Hasquet||Jr.||Northern Arizona|
|ILB||Anthony Morales||Sr.||Weber State|
|CB||Tyree Mills||Sr.||Southern Utah|
|CB||Jonathan Perkins||Sr.||UC Davis|
|S||Tevin McDonald||Jr.||Eastern Washington|
|S||David Edgerson||Sr.||Portland State|
|P||Andy Wilder||Sr.||Northern Arizona|
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
Wide Receivers: Cole Stanford, Sr., Cal Poly; Cory Mitchell, Jr., Eastern Washington; Shaq Hill, So., Eastern Washington; Chad Hansen, Fr., Idaho State; Cam Warren, WR, Montana; Brian Flotkoetter, Jr., Montana State; Kenny Golladay, So., North Dakota; Jesse Brantley, Sr., Northern Arizona; Nick Cole, Sr., Northern Arizona; Dimitri Stimphill, Jr., Northern Colorado; Will Jefferson, Jr., Northern Colorado; Shane Harrison, So., Sacramento State; Fatu Moala, Sr., Southern Utah; Tom Hemmingsen, Sr., UC Davis; Erik Walker, Sr., Weber State.
Tackles: Cassidy Curtis, So., Eastern Washington; John Schmaing, So., Montana; Quinn Catalano, Jr., Montana State; John Weidenaar, So., Montana State; Joe Kleason, Sr., North Dakota; Kyle Smith, Fr., Portland State; Ian Joseph, Jr., UC Davis.
Guards: Matt Fisher, Fr., Cal Poly; Brandon Murphy, Sr., Eastern Washington; Terrance Carey, So., Idaho State; Brandon Anderson, So., North Dakota; Jake Solomon, Sr., Northern Colorado; Tyler Olker, Sr., Northern Colorado; Nick Nissen, Jr., Southern Utah
Centers: Stephen Sippel, So., Cal Poly; Mitch Gaulke, Sr., Portland State; Tyson Tiatia, Sr., Weber State; Jay Luchetti, Jr., UC Davis.
Tight Ends: Josh Cook, Fr., Idaho State; Clay Pierson, Sr., Montana; Austin Wilbers, Sr., Northern Colorado; Anthony Norris, So., Southern Utah; Taylor Sloat, Sr., UC Davis.
Quarterbacks: DeNarius McGhee, Sr., Montana State; Seth Lobato, Sr., Northern Colorado.
Running Backs: Xavier Finney, So., Idaho State; Jordan Canada, Jr., Montana; Tromaine Dennis, Sr., Northern Colorado.
Fullbacks: Dalton Turay, Jr., UC Davis; Quinn Zamora, Fr., Northern Colorado.
Kickers: Kevin Miller, Sr., Eastern Washington; Ben Worst, Fr., Montana; Zeb Miller, Sr., North Dakota; Andy Wilder, Sr., Northern Arizona.
Return Specialist: Alex Hubbard, Sr., Cal Poly; Lucky Dozier, Sr., Northern Arizona; Nate Tago, Fr., Portland State; Charles Boyett, Jr., UC Davis; AJ Coney, Fr., Weber State
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
Defensive Tackles: Chris Lawrence, Jr., Cal Poly; Nick Leyden, Sr., Cal Poly; Will Katoa, Sr., Eastern Washington; Dylan Zylstra, Jr., Eastern Washington; Tyler Kuder, So., Idaho State; Taylor Sheridan, So., Montana State; Lexington Smith, Jr., Northern Colorado; Joe Lopez, Jr., Portland State; Junior Alexis, So., Portland State; Robert Torgerson, Fr., Southern Utah; Toi Taufa, So., Southern Utah; James Washington, Jr., Weber State
Defensive Ends: Andrew Alcaraz, Sr., Cal Poly; Evan Day, Jr., Eastern Washington; Austin Graves, Jr., Idaho State; Tyrone Holmes, So., Montana; Steven Garcia, Sr., Northern Arizona; Gavin Miller, Sr., Northern Colorado; Jeremy Boone, Sr., Portland State; Darnell Sankey, So., Sacramento State; Andrew Eide, Fr., Southern Utah
Outside Linebackers: Cameron Ontko, Jr., Cal Poly; Cole Moore, Jr., Montana State; Leilon Willingham, Jr., Northern Colorado; Max Flores, Jr., Northern Colorado; Chad Hansen, Sr., Southern Utah
Inside Linebackers: Cody McCarthy, Jr., Eastern Washington; Mitch Beckstead, Jr., Idaho State; Alex Singleton, Jr., Montana State; Ryan Reardon, Sr., Northern Arizona; Garrison Goodman, Sr., North Dakota; Jaycob Shoemaker, Sr., Portland State; Steven Pitts, Jr., UC Davis
Cornerbacks: Bijon Samoodi, Sr., Cal Poly; Vante Smith-Johnson, Sr., Cal Poly; Ronald Baines, Sr., Eastern Washington; Nate Harris, So., Montana; Marcus Alford, So., Northern Arizona; Courtney Hall, Jr., Northern Colorado; Aaron Sibley, So., Portland State; Markell Williams, Sr., Sacramento State; LeShaun Sims, So., Southern Utah; Shamawn Wright, So., UC Davis
Safeties: Allen Brown, Sr., Eastern Washington; Cody Sorensen, So., Idaho State; Bo Tully, Sr., Montana; Steven Bethley, Sr., Montana State; Cam Kuksa, Fr., North Dakota; Blair Wishom, Sr., Northern Arizona; Dean Faddis, Sr., Portland State; Miles Killebrew, So., Southern Utah
Punters: Stephen Shaw, So., Montana; Rory Perez, Sr., Montana State; Brock Miller, Sr., Southern Utah; Colby Wadman, Fr., UC Davis; Tony Epperson, P, Weber State
HONORABLE MENTION SPECIAL TEAMS
Nick Albano, Jr., Idaho State; Anthony Hughes, Sr., Northern Arizona; Dominique Bennett, Sr., North Dakota; Hayden Plinke, So., Portland State