EWU's Kupp, Gubrud highlight Big Sky

BY foxsports • November 22, 2016

(STATS) - It was going to be very difficult for the Big Sky coaches to decide between Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp and Gage Gubrud in determining the conference's Offensive Player of the Year.

As it turns out, they just couldn't choose one over the other.

For the first time in conference history, two players from the same school were selected as the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year.

Kupp, the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year, became just the fourth player in league history to be named to the Big Sky first team four times. He finished the year with league highs of 91 receptions for 1,297 yards to go with 12 touchdowns.

Gubrud, a sophomore, was also a unanimous selection to the first team after leading the conference with 4,086 passing yards with 40 touchdowns. He also led EWU with 463 rushing yards.

The duo helped the Eagles go 10-1 and earn the No. 2 seed in the FCS playoffs.

Eastern Washington had a conference-high seven players named to the first team and has now had the Big Sky's Offensive Player of the Year in 12 of the last 16 seasons.

The defensive player of the year went to North Dakota safety Cole Reyes, who made 58 tackles, five tackles for loss, and had three interceptions, along with forcing two fumbles. The junior led the Fighting Hawks to a 9-2 record and the playoffs' seventh seed.

Montana State dual-threat quarterback Chris Murray was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year, rushing for 860 yards and 12 touchdowns while throwing for 778 yards and six scores.

Weber State transfer Andrew Vollert received Big Sky Newcomer of the Year honors after leading the Wildcats with 757 yards and 57 receptions. The tight end, who began his career at San Jose State, also caught six touchdown passes.

The coach of the year will be announced Wednesday.



OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Gage Gubrud, QB, Eastern Washington; Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Cole Reyes, S, North Dakota

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Chris Murray, QB, Montana State

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Andrew Vollert, TE, Weber State



QB - Gage Gubrud, Eastern Washington

RB - John Santiago, North Dakota

RB - Malik Brown, Southern Utah

FB - Joe Protheroe, Cal Poly

OT - Michael Coe, North Dakota

OT - Matt Fisher, Cal Poly

OG - J.P. Flynn, Montana State

OG - Cam Keizur, Portland State

C - Joey Kuperman, Cal Poly

WR - Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

WR - Shaq Hill, Eastern Washington

WR - Emmanuel Butler, Northern Arizona

TE - Andrew Vollert, Weber State


DT - Robert Torgerson, Southern Utah

DT - Jay-Tee Tiuli, Eastern Washington

DE - Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington

DE - Siupeli Anau, Northern Arizona

OLB - Mike Needham, Southern Utah

OLB - Tre'von Johnson, Weber State

ILB - Chris Santini, Cal Poly

ILB - Miquiyah Zamora, Eastern Washington

CB - Deion Harris, North Dakota

CB - Xavier Coleman, Portland State

S - Cole Reyes, North Dakota

S - Zach Bruce, Eastern Washington


PK - Griffin Roehler, Northern Arizona

P - Tate Lewis, Southern Utah

RS - John Santiago, North Dakota

STP - Hakeem Deggs, Northern Colorado

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