Jared Mohamed, Augustino Elisaia Earn All-Big Sky Conference Honors

Jared Mohamed, Augustino Elisaia Earn All-Big Sky Conference Honors


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Senior fullback Jared Mohamed is the lone Cal Poly football player to earn All-Big Sky Conference first-team honors for the 2017 season.

Senior defensive tackle Augustino Elisaia landed on the second unit while four other Mustangs earned honorable mention praise.

The league's 13 head coaches submitted the votes and they were not allowed to choose their own players during balloting.

Mohamed (6-0, 227, Brawley, Calif./Brawley High School) is the 21st Mustang to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, accumulating 1,172 yards and scoring four touchdowns. The Brawley High School graduate rushed for more than 100 yards in a game seven times this season, including a career-high 194 yards in the Mustangs' lone win this year, a 35-28 decision against Portland State. He also had 97 yards against San Jose State.

Mohamed (pictured below at left) is No. 10 on Cal Poly's all-time list for rushing yards in a season, finished the regular season No. 1 in the Big Sky in rushing and accumulated 933 of his yards in eight Big Sky games, averaging 116.6 yards per conference contest. Cal Poly has produced at least one 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last seven seasons.

Elisaia (6-0, 315, Union City, Calif./James Logan High School) (pictured below at right) notched 30 tackles, including 6.5 for lost yardage and 4.0 sacks. The James Logan High School (Union City, Calif.) graduate, a second-team All-Big Sky selection in 2016, also was credited with three quarterback hurries this year.

Cal Poly's quartet of honorable mentions are senior center Joey Kuperman, senior outside linebacker Darren Adjei, senior safety B.J. Nard and junior punter Casey Sublette.

Kuperman (6-1, 300, San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic High School) was part of an offensive line that allowed just 15 sacks in 11 games, No. 28 in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Mustangs also were No. 11 in rushing offense, No. 13 in red zone offense and No. 9 in time of possession. Kuperman was a first-team All-Big Sky honoree in 2016 and an honorable mention in 2015.

Adjei (6-3, 220, Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty High School/Bakersfield College) notched 51 tackles and led the team with 9.0 tackles for lost yardage. The transfer from Bakersfield College two years ago also earned one sack, three quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Nard (6-0, 205, Bakersfield, Calif./Frontier High School), who intercepted three passes against Montana in 2015, earned 58 tackles this fall, including 7.0 for lost yardage and 3.0 sacks. The sixth-year senior, who did not play in his first three years at Cal Poly due to injury, also was credited with six pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

Sublette (5-10, 180, Redondo Beach, Calif./Mira Costa High School/El Camino College) handled all kicking duties for the Mustangs this season and was nearly perfect, connecting on 26 of 26 PAT kicks and seven of nine field goals with a long of 43 yards. He led Cal Poly in scoring with 47 points, averaged 40.3 yards per punt with 24 of his 69 punts ending up inside the 20-yard line, and 59.2 yards per kickoff with nine touchbacks.

UC Davis junior wide receiver Keelan Doss earned Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year honors while senior cornerback Taron Johnson of Weber State was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson and Weber State senior tight end Andrew Vollert were the lone unanimous first-team selections, Vollert making the first team for the third time.

Northern Arizona sophomore quarterback Case Cookus was named to the Big Sky first team for the second time while North Dakota junior running back John Santiago is a three-time All-Big Sky first-team selection. Santiago also is an honorable mention return specialist.

Doss caught 115 passes for 1,499 yards, both No. 1 in the nation, and seven touchdowns, averaging 10.5 receptions and 136.2 yards per game, both figures tops in the Big Sky, and 13.0 yards per catch. Johnson intercepted three passes and broke up seven others in nine games.

Cookus passed for 3,235 yards and 21 touchdowns, leading the Lumberjacks to an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth. He completed 253 of 433 passes (58 percent) and was intercepted just five times. Vollert caught 44 passes for 557 yards and three touchdowns while Santiago rushed for 717 yards and five scores, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. He also averaged 21.9 yards per kickoff return.

Montana State running back/linebacker Troy Andersen was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year while UC Davis sophomore quarterback Jake Maier earned Big Sky Newcomer of the Year honors. Southern Utah's Demario Warren and Sacramento State's Jody Sears shared Big Sky Coach of the Year honors.

Anderson rushed for 515 yards and five touchdowns for the Bobcats, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. He also caught seven passes for 45 yards and one score and, on defense, made nine tackles, one a sack. A transfer from Long Beach City College, Maier completed 306 of 446 passes (69 percent) for 3,669 yards and 26 touchdowns as the Aggies earned five wins for the first time since 2013.

Weber State led all schools with 16 honorees on the three teams, followed by Southern Utah (12), Eastern Washington (10), Sacramento State (10), and Northern Arizona (9).

Big Sky co-champions Southern Utah and Weber State along with third-place Northern Arizona will represent the conference in the FCS playoffs, which begin Saturday.