Montana State’s Brent Vigen and Sean Chambers receive awards from the Big Sky Conference

FARMINGTON, Utah — It’s a bye week for Montana State Football after earning fourth place and a first-round bye in the upcoming FCS playoffs. Montana awaits southeast Missouri in a first round home game Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

With anticipation growing for the playoffs, the Big Sky Conference announced their individual awards and all-conference teams for 2022 on Wednesday.

Transfer quarterback Sean Chambers and head coach Brent Vigen make headlines for MSU. Chambers, a transfer from Wyoming, was named Newcomer of the Year, while Vigen shared the Coach of the Year award with Sacramento State’s Troy Taylor, whose team won a share of the Big Sky Conference title with MSU.

Chambers came on as a backup quarterback earlier in the season but was fielded alongside No. 1 QB Tommy Mellott thanks to his tremendous run ability between tackles. Chambers rushed for 17 touchdowns that tied for second in the league and fourth in FCS. Chambers is the first Bobcat player to win Newcomer of the Year since Tray Robinson in 2010.

Both Vigen and Taylor received Coach of the Year awards as both went unbeaten in conference play.

Montana and Montana State contributed 27 total conference picks. The Bobcats had 14 players selected while the Grizzlies had 13.

Below are the full awards and the lists of all conference teams picked by the league’s head coaches:

Individual award winners

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

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

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

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

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

First team

QB: Miles Hastings (UCD)

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

Facebook: Derryk Snell (MSU)

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

TE: Marshall Martin (SAC)

OIL: 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)

EN: 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)

CR: Abraham Williams (WSU)

PR: Jermaine Jackson (UI)

ST: Lan Larison (UCD)

AP: Asher O’Hara (SAC)

second team

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)

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

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

EN: 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)

CR: Malik Flowers (UM)

PR: Haze Hadley (WSU)

ST: Tyler Swift (UM)

AP: Sean Chambers (MSU)

third team

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)

OIL: 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)

EN: 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)

CR: Marqui Johnson (MSU)

PR: Marcus Fulcher (SAC)

ST: Sean McCormick (UI)

AP: Junior Bergen (UM)

Award

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)

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

EN: 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)

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

PR: Elijah Dotson (UNC)

ST: Kurt Gallup (UNZ)

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

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