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All-Big Sky football teams: Idaho's McCoy earns top freshman honor

| November 24, 2022 1:05 AM

FARMINGTON, Utah — Idaho quarterback Gevani McCoy was named Freshman of the Year as the Big Sky all-conference football teams were announced.

The all-conference teams and individual awards were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches. Coaches were not able to vote for their own players.

McCoy led Idaho to its first FCS Playoff appearance since 1995. McCoy ranked first in the league for passing efficiency and passing TDs, as he threw for 2,378 yards and 25 scores.

Idaho wide receivers Hayden Hatten and Jermaine Jackson were named to the first team.

Vandal defensive end Juliano Falaniko, linebackers Paul Moala and Fa'Avae Fa'Avae, and cornerback Marcus Harris were named to the second team.

McCoy, defensive back Tommy McCormick and Sean McCormick (special teams) were named to the third team.

Idaho offensive linemen Beau St. John and Ayden Knapik, and defensive end Leo Tamba, earned honorable mention.

Eastern Washington punter Nick Kokich was named to the second team. Wide receivers Efton Chism III and Freddie Roberson were named to the third team, as was defensive back Marlon Jones Jr.

Quarterback Gunner Talkington earned honorable mention, as did Eags Wyatt Hansen, Joshua Jerome and Mitchell Johnson.

2022 Big Sky Football Individual Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year: Cameron Skattebo, RB (SAC)

Defensive Player of the Year: Marte Mapu, OLB/DB (SAC)

Newcomer of the Year: Sean Chambers, QB (MSU)

Freshman of the Year: Gevani McCoy, QB (UI)

Co-Coach of the Year: Troy Taylor (SAC)/Brent Vigen (MSU)

First Team All-Big Sky

QB: Miles Hastings (UCD)

RB: Cameron Skattebo (SAC), Ulonzo Gilliam Jr. (UCD)

FB: Derryk Snell (MSU)

WR: Hayden Hatten (UI), Pierre Williams (SAC), Jermaine Jackson (UI)

TE: Marshel Martin (SAC)

OL: Nick Amoah (UCD), Noah Atagi (WSU), Tyson Pauling (PSU), Jackson Slater (SAC), Brandon Weldon (SAC), Hunter Mayginnes (UM)

DT: Sebastian Valdez (MSU), Alex Gubner (UM)

DE: Brody Grebe (MSU), Zach Kennedy (UCD)

OLB: Marte Mapu (SAC), Patrick O'Connell (UM)

ILB: Armon Bailey (SAC), Callahan O'Reilly (MSU), Winston Reid (WSU)

DB: Eddie Heckard (WSU), Justin Ford (UM), Robby Hauck (UM), Maxwell Anderson (WSU), Rex Connors (UCD)

K: Kyle Sentkowski (SAC)

P: Patrick Rohrbach (UM)

KR: Abraham Williams (WSU)

PR: Jermaine Jackson (UI)

ST: Lan Larison (UCD)

AP: Asher O'Hara (SAC)

Three ILBs on the 1st team due to a tie

Second Team All-Big Sky

QB: Tommy Mellott (MSU)

RB: Elijah Dotson (UNC), Anthony Woods (UI)

WR: Xavier Guillory (ISU), Ty MacPherson (WSU), Beau Kelly (PSU)

TE: McCallan Castles (UCD)

OL: Nathan Mejia (SAC), Rush Reimer (MSU), Connor Pettek (UCD), Jordan Lutui (WSU), Troy Stiefel (SAC), Jordan Ford (UCD)

DT: Jett Stanley (SAC), Kalisi Moli (WSU)

DE: Cosmas Kwete (NAU), Juliano Falaniko (UI)

OLB: Ty Okada (MSU), Paul Moala (UI)

ILB: Fa'Avae Fa'Avae (UI), Elijah Anderson-Taylor (UNC)

DB: Caleb Nelson (SAC), Desmond Williams (WSU), Morgan Vest (NAU), Devon King (UCD), Marcus Harris (UI)

K: Ricardo Chavez (UI)

P: Nick Kokich (EWU)

KR: Malik Flowers (UM)

PR: Haze Hadley (WSU)

ST: Tyler Flink (UM)

AP: Sean Chambers (MSU)

Third Team All-Big Sky

QB: Gevani McCoy (UI)/Jake Dunniway (SAC)

RB: Dontae McMillan (WSU), Marcus Fulcher (SAC)

WR: Coleman Owen (NAU), Efton Chism III (EWU), Willie Patterson (MSU), Freddie Roberson (EWU)

TE: Josh Cuevas (CP)

OL: Ethan Atagi (WSU), Logan Floyd (UI), AJ Forbes (UM), PJ Poutasi (NAU), JT Reed (MSU), Brady Odom (UNC)

DT: EJ Ane (PSU), Chubba Ma'ae (UCD)

DE: Killian Rosko (SAC), Eloi Kwete (NAU)

OLB: David Meyer (CP)

ILB: Teddye Buchanan (UCD), Charles Ike (ISU)

DB: Tommy McCormick (UI), Marlon Jones Jr. (EWU), Xavier Bell (PSU), Jehiel Budgett (UCD), Jordan Knapke (UNC)

K: Isaiah Gomez (UCD)

P: Cal McGough (SAC)

KR: Marqui Johnson (MSU)

PR: Marcus Fulcher (SAC)

ST: Sean McCormick (UI)

AP: Junior Bergen (UM)

Two QBs on the 3rd team due to a tie

Four WRs on the 3rd team due to a tie

Honorable Mention

QB: Gunner Talkington (EWU), Dylan McCaffrey (UNC)

RB: Damon Bankston (WSU)

WR: Chris Coleman (CP), Mitch Roberts (UM), Hendrix Johnson (NAU), Mataio Talalemotu (PSU)

TE: Cole Grossman (UM), Justin Malone (WSU), Anthony Rodriguez (PSU)

OL: Wyatt Hansen (EWU), Justus Perkins (MSU), Beau St. John (UI), Ayden Knapik (UI)

DE: Joshua Jerome (EWU), Elijah Ponder (CP), Leo Tamba (UI), VJ Malo (PSU), Mitchell Johnson (EWU)

ILB: Levi Janacaro (UM), Marcus Welnel (UM), Nolan Askelson (MSU)

DB: Kamden Garrett (WSU)

K: Blake Glessner (MSU)

P: Devin Bale (UNC)

KR: Lan Larison (UCD), Elijah Dotson (UNC)

PR: Elijah Dotson (UNC)

ST: Kurt Gallup (UNC)

AP: Elijah Dotson (UNC), Draycen Hall (NAU), Emmanuel Daigbe (PSU)

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