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Seven players from Northern Colorado land in the 2022 All Big Sky Teams

The University of Northern Colorado football team received 10 individual Big Sky awards, the conference announced Wednesday.

Two players received second-team honours, two received third-team recognition and three – with one duplicate player – received honorable mentions. League coaches vote for the awards and cannot vote for their own players.

Graduate student Elijah Dotson received All-Big Sky Second Team for running back position and honorable mention for all-purpose, punt returns and kick returns.

Dotson, the Sacramento State transfer, led UNC in rushes and receptions. He added six rushing touchdowns and two receivings. He also set a new Bears Division I record for 1,567 all-purpose yards.

During the season, Dotson averaged 84.4 rushing yards per game (No. 4 Big Sky) and 928 overall (No. 3).

Dotson finished with 1,003 rushing yards, becoming the second player in UNC Division I history to reach the top 1,000. This was last the case in 2006.

The grad student finished the four-game straight season with more than 100 all-purpose yards. In total he had eight that year.

One of his most memorable performances came against Idaho State when Dotson returned a punt for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore Elijah Anderson-Taylor received the second team award for inside linebacker. He finished league 1 for total tackles (111) and tackles per game (10.1).

Anderson-Taylor led the league in forced fumbles (5) and fumble recoveries (3).

The coaches placed second defensive back Jordan Knapke and graduating offensive lineman Brady Odom in the third team.

Knapke contributed 90 tackles, 8.2 per game, and two fumble recoveries.

Odom started all 11 games on the offensive line, one of the few players to remain healthy all season.

Graduate students Dylan McCaffrey, sophomore Devin Bale and sophomore Kurt Gallup received honorable mentions.

McCaffrey finished 9th in the league with 1,905 passing yards, an average of 173.2 yards per game. He completed 189 of 317 passes (59.6%) for the No. 9 conference and added 12 interceptions. McCaffrey’s average QB rating of 115.0 was last in Big Sky.

Bale received an honorable mention for poking services. The sophomore finished fourth in the conference with 2,095 yards. He averaged 41.1 yards per attempt. Additionally, Bale ranked third with four touchbacks and ranked in the top three for fair catches, punts within the 20, and punts for at least 50 yards.

Gallup has gained 12 yards this season with special teams, including a fake punt and a kick return.

The Bears finished the season 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the Big Sky game.

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