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Frontier Conference announces All-Conference football selections, year-end awards

Montana Western Jon Jund

Montana Western quarterback Jon Jund throws a pass during the Bulldogs season-opening win over Carroll College last month in Dillon. 

WHITEFISH — Following a season that saw Montana Western, Rocky Mountain College and College of Idaho split the Frontier Conference’s regular-season championship, the league announced its All-Conference selections, as well the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and Coach of the Year, on Tuesday.

Western quarterback Jon Jund led the Bulldogs to an appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes for 3,055 yards, 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Jund was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year after averaging a conference-best 254.6 passing yards per game and turning in the fourth-most passing touchdowns in the NAIA.

Eastern Oregon teammates Sage DeLong and Chase Van Wyck split co-Defensive Player of the Year honors this season. The pair of seniors combined for 106 tackles, 17 sacks, 33.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

DeLong is currently tied for fifth in the NAIA with 10 sacks, while both he and Van Wyck rank inside the top-20 nationally in TFLs.

Rocky Mountain College head coach Chris Stutzriem was the conference’s choice for Coach of the Year. The Battlin’ Bears finished the season tied for first at 7-3 after being picked seventh out of eight teams in the preseason poll.

Stutzriem guided Rocky Mountain to its best start record-wise in 23 years and the Battlin’ Bears picked up at least a share of the Frontier title for the first time since 2018 and just the fourth time since 1998.

First Team All-Conference

Offense

Quarterback Jon Jund, Montana Western - 3,055 pass yards, 33 TDs, 14 INTS  440 rush yards, 9 TDs

Running back Nick Calzaretta, College of Idaho - 980 rush yards, 14 TDs

Running back Reese Neville, Montana Western - 955 rush yards, 10 TDs

Tight end Connor Gagain, College of Idaho - 17 receptions, 171 yards, 3 TDs

Wide receiver Nate Simkins, Montana Western - 83 receptions, 1,122 yards, 16 TDs

Wide receiver Lucas Overton, Rocky Mountain College - 43 receptions, 659 yards, 8 TDs

Wide receiver Bryce Goggin, Southern Oregon - 51 receptions, 802 yards, 8 TDs

Offensive lineman Andrew Carter, Carroll

Offensive lineman Hunter Mecham, Carroll

Offensive lineman R.J. Thorne, Eastern Oregon

Offensive lineman Tristin Willis, Montana State Northern

Offensive lineman Hunter Spartz, Montana Tech

Offensive lineman Noah Danielson, Montana Western

Defense

Defensive lineman Garrett Kocab, Carroll - 50 tackles, 6 sacks, 12 TFL

Defensive lineman Keagan McCoy, College of Idaho - 47 tackles, 8 sacks, 11 TFL, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries

Defensive lineman Sage DeLong, Eastern Oregon - 52 tackles, 10 sacks, 17.5 TFL

Defensive lineman Chase Van Wyck, Eastern Oregon - 54 tackles, 7 sacks, 16 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries

Linebacker Rex Irby, Carroll - 56 tackles, 1 sack, 5.5 TFL, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 INTs, 1 pass break-up

Linebacker Dylan Martinez, College of Idaho - 109 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 10 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

Linebacker Solo Taylor, Eastern Oregon - 78 tackles, 2 sacks, 4.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 INT, 3 pass break-ups

Linebacker Joe Caicedo, Montana Western - 99 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 11.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble

Defensive back Dorian Hardin, College of Idaho - 42 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 3 INTs, 17 pass break-ups

Defensive back Taeson Hardin, College of Idaho - 70 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INTs, 13 pass break-ups

Defensive back Jordan Washington, Montana Tech - 42 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 3 INTs, 6 pass break-ups

Defensive back LaTrell McCutcheon, Montana Western - 44 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 19 pass break-ups

Special Teams

Kicker Riley Garrett, Rocky Mountain College - 12-for-21 FG, 32-for-36 extra-point, 68 points

Punter Andrew Almos, Montana Tech - 34 punts, 1,513 yards, 44.5 avg., long 66, 17 punts inside 20-yard line

Kick returner Caden Cobb, College of Idaho - 20 kick returns, 427 yards, 21.4 avg.

Punt returner Isaiah Thomas, Eastern Oregon - 16 punt returns, 193 yards 12.1 avg.

Punt returner Trey Mounts, Montana Western - 16 punt returns, 211 yards, 13.2 avg.

Second Team All-Conference

Offense

Quarterback Nate Dick, Rocky Mountain College - 2,432 passing yards, 21 TDs, 7 INTs  711 rush yards, 6 TDs

Running back Duncan Kraft, Carroll - 855 rush yards, 8 TDs

Running back Blake Counts, Montana Tech - 757 rush yards, 4 TDs

Tight end Tony Collins, Carroll - 27 receptions, 345 yards, 4 TDs

Tight end Andrew Simon, Rocky Mountain College - 26 receptions, 263 yards, 2 TDs

Wide receiver Kyle Pierce, Carroll - 29 receptions, 537 yards, 6 TDs

Wide receiver Trevor Hoffman, Montana Tech - 36 receptions, 629 yards, 6 TDs

Wide receiver Trey Mounts, Montana Western - 43 receptions, 436 yards, 8 TDs

Offensive lineman Ryan Halford, College of Idaho

Offensive lineman Garrett Rehberg, College of Idaho

Offensive lineman Hunter Severson, Montana Western

Offensive lineman Tyler Coates, Southern Oregon

Defense

Defensive lineman Joe Fehr, Montana State Northern - 31 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 11 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Defensive lineman Tanner Harrell, Montana Western - 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 10.5 TFL, 2 forced fumbles

Defensive lineman Alex Bush, Rocky Mountain College - 59 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Defensive lineman Wes Moeai, Rocky Mountain College - 62 tackles, 4 sacks, 17.5 TFL

Defensive lineman Tre Holmes, Southern Oregon - 27 tackles, 1 sack, 2.5 TFL, 1 fumble recovery

Linebacker Hayden Brandon, Eastern Oregon - 81 tackles, 1 sack, 8 TFL

Linebacker Dylan Wampler, Montana State Northern - 112 tackles, 3 sacks, 10.5 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 INTs

Linebacker Bridger Johnson, Montana Tech - 39 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

Linebacker Kyle Schulte, Montana Western - 63 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 5 pass break-ups

Linebacker Nolan McCafferty, Rocky Mountain College - 79 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 8.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble

Defensive back TJ Abraham, Carroll - 69 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 3 INTs, 10 pass break-ups

Defensive back Isaiah Paul, Montana State Northern - 19 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 7 INTs, 8 pass break-ups

Defensive back Brennan Pope, Eastern Oregon - 34 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT, 8 pass break-ups

Defensive back Ty Reynolds, Rocky Mountain College - 61 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, 3 INTs, 6 pass break-ups

Defensive back Stokes Botelho, Southern Oregon - 52 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, 5 INTs, 1 pass break-up

Special Teams

Kicker Zachary Cahill, Eastern Oregon - 12-for-18 FG, 18-for-18 extra-point, 54 points

Punter Joseph Lema, Montana Western - 40 punts, 1,527 yards, 38.2 avg., long 57, 11 punts inside 20-yard line

Kick returner Shane McLaughlin, Southern Oregon - 28 kick returns, 610 yards, 21.8 avg., 1 TD

Champions of Character

Tom Robitaille, Carroll

Braden Bale, College of Idaho

Willie Camp, Eastern Oregon

Jake Horner, Montana State Northern

Spencer Schock, Montana Tech

Jamison Hermanson, Montana Western

Dylan Beridon, Rocky Mountain College

Jacob Tambellini, Southern Oregon

Email Daniel Shepard at daniel.shepard@406mtsports.com or find him on Twitter @IR_DanielS.

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