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Cal Poly Senior Linebacker Kennith Jackson Earns Big Sky Honor

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Senior linebacker Kennith Jackson, who intercepted two passes and notched seven tackles against Idaho State on Saturday, is one of three players sharing the Root Sports Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week honor this week.

Jackson's two thefts, his first of the season, both came in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the Mustangs' 70-14 victory over the Bengals and they both set up one-play Mustang scoring drives.

Jackson, who now has six interceptions in his Cal Poly career, returned the second theft 24 yards to the Idaho State 9-yard line, setting up a nine-yard scoring run by Deonte Williams. His first interception on the fourth play of the game resulted in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Andre Broadous to Willie Tucker.

Jackson (6-0, 232, Santa Clara, Calif/Archbishop Mitty HS) is Cal Poly's leading tackler this season with 89, lifting his career total to 294 tackles, No. 6 on Cal Poly's all-time list.

Jackson shares the weekly Root Sports Big Sky award with Southern Utah safety Tommy Collet Jr. and Montana State defensive lineman Caleb Schreibeis.
 
Collet, a 6-4, 194-pound junior from Moorpark, Calif., recorded a career-high 11 tackles and returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in Southern Utah's 35-29 triple-overtime upset of No. 11 Northern Arizona. Collet sparked the upset with his interception return that gave the Thunderbirds a 7-0 lead. Two of his 11 tackles -– both solo stops -– came in the overtime periods, one on third down during the final drive when SUU kept Northern Arizona out of the end zone to end the game. It was the first conference loss for the Lumberjacks.

Schreibeis, a 6-3, 252-pound senior from Billings, Mont., registered two sacks and two forced fumbles to go along with seven total tackles in Montana State's 65-30 win over Portland State. His first forced fumble came in the first quarter and set up MSU's first touchdown. Schreibeis leads the nation in forced fumbles with seven. He is second in the Big Sky with 10 sacks. Montana State's defense held Portland State to four first downs and 18 passing yards in the first half.  

Northern Colorado quarterback Seth Lobato is the Offensive Player of the Week while Montana State returner Shawn Johnson is the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Lobato, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior from Eaton, Colo., completed 24 of 38 passes for 418 yards and four touchdowns to lead Northern Colorado to a 42-34 victory over Weber State. Lobato's 418 passing yards were the third-most in school history. Lobato threw TD passes of 65, 13, 15 and 35 yards. He also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. Lobato helped the Bears to their first win over the Wildcats.

Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 172-pound sophomore from Bakersfield, Calif., returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in Montana State's 65-30 win over Portland State. Johnson's punt return for a score was MSU's first since 2007. Johnson finished the game with 155-all-purpose yards, with 73 on punt returns, 27 on kick returns, 54 receiving yards and 1 rush yard. He caught a 54-yard touchdown.

Cal Poly (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) visits Northern Arizona (8-2, 6-1 Bg Sky) on Saturday with at least a share of the Big Sky Conference title at stake. Kickoff at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz., is set for 3:05 p.m. PST.