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Ogden, Utah (Sports Network) - Defending National Champion Eastern Washington was well represented when the Big Sky released the Preseason All-Conference team, with eight Eagles selected.
While Eastern Washington placed the most players on the All-Conference team, Montana State sophomore quarterback DeNarius McGhee was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Zach Nash, a senior defensive end for Sacramento State, was named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
As a freshman McGhee was named the Co-Big Sky Conference MVP, as well as Newcomer of the Year after throwing for 3,163 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Nash, who was one of four unanimous selections for the Preseason All-Conference team, lead the Big Sky with 13 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss last season. The other unanimous selections are Northern Arizona defensive end Isaac Bond, Weber State guard J.C. Oram and Idaho State kick returner Tavoy Moore.
Northern Arizona had five players selected, second to Eastern Washington, while Montana had four.
BIG SKY PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Offensive Player of the Year - DeNarius McGhee, QB, Montana State Defensive Player of the Year - Zack Nash, DE, Sacramento State
OL- Gabe Jackson, Eastern Washington; Caleb Turner, Weber State; Chris Powers, Eastern Washington; Alex Mott, Northern Arizona; J.C. Oram, Weber State. RB- Zach Bauman, Northern Arizona; Cory McCaffrey, Portland State. FB- Vinnie Palucci, Northern Arizona. WR- Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington; Chase Deader, Sacramento State; Austin Shanks, Northern Arizona. TE- Greg Hardy, Montana. QB- DeNarius McGhee, Montana State.
Defense DL- Zach Nash, Sacramento State; Isaac Bond, Northern Arizona; Renard Williams, Eastern Washington; Bryan Waldhauser, Montana. LB- A.J. Storms, Idaho State; Nick Webb, Weber State; Zach Johnson, Eastern Washington; Caleb McSurdy, Montana. DB- Trumaine Johnson, Montana; DeShawn Shead, Portland State; Matt Johnson, Eastern Washington; Jeff Minnerly, Eastern Washington.
Specialists PK- Jason Cunningham, Montana State. P- David Harrington, Idaho State. KR- Tavoy Moore, Idaho State Sp. Teams- Darriell Beaumonte, Eastern Washington.
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