Seven Wildcats earn Big Sky honors
Wildcat senior linebacker Anthony Morales earned third team honors and was the only Wildcat named to an All-Conference team. A.J. Coney, Tony Epperson (Park City), Deon’tae Florence, Tyson Tiatia, Erik Walker (Park City) and James Washington all earned honorable-mention honors.
Senior Tony Epperson earned All-Conference honors for the second time in his career. The punter out of Park City recorded 101 punts during the season, setting an NCAA FCS single-season record. He totaled 4,356 yards and finished eighth in the Big Sky in punting average at 43.1 per game. In the season-ending win over Idaho State, Epperson posted the two longest punts in school history, with an 86 and 84 yard punt. For his career Epperson played in 39 career games at Weber State. He finished his career as WSU’s career leader in punting average at 43.6 yards per punt.
Senior Erik Walker earned All-Conference honors for the first time in his career as he was WSU’s top wide receiver throughout the season. In 12 games this season Walker had 62 receptions for 658 yards and three touchdowns. He topped 100 yards receiving in two games during the year and averaged 10.6 yards per reception. Walker played in 42 career games at Weber State and recorded 99 receptions for 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns.
Eastern Washington sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams was named Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Eagles to a conference title. Sullivan Grosz of Cal Poly and Brad Daly of Montana State were named Co-Defensive Players of the Year. Gabe Manzanares of UC Davis was named Newcomer of the Year and Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington was named Freshman of the Year.
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