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2012 FCS Preseason Awards Watch: A Big Sky Conference Breakdown

The 2012 FCS Preseason All-America teams have been released. See which players from the Big Sky Conference made each list.

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2012 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List: Northern Colorado's Clarence Bumpas Receives Preseason Honor

The 2012 preseason Buck Buchanan Watch List came out on Thursday and Northern Colorado Bears linebacker Clarence Bumpas is an early candidate for this award. This award is given out to the most outstanding defensive player at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.

Here is the write-up on Bumpas, a junior this fall:

The physical Bumpas led the Big Sky Conference with 145 tackles as a sophomore and ranked fourth in the FCS with 13.2 tackles per game. His breakout season included 19 tackles against Weber State, 18 versus Northern Arizona and nine games with at least 10 tackles. A Colorado native who transferred home from Kansas State last year, Bumpas combines big size (6-foot-2, 244 pounds) and long arms with terrific pursuit of ball carriers. The inside linebacker was named to the All-Big Sky second team a year ago.

Montana St. Bobcats defensive tackle Zach Minter is the other Big Sky player to make this list. Entering his senior season, Minter had 7.5 sacks as a junior.

New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans won the award in 2011 and is the favorite to win the award again. Dexter Coakley won the award the first two years the honor was given out in 1995 and 1996. The Appalachian St. alum is the only player to capture the award twice.

The Big Sky Conference has four Buchanan award winners. Jared Allen of Idaho State won the award in 2003 while Montana DE Kroy Biermann and Eastern Washington DE Greg Peach and LB J.C. Sherritt won the award in 2007, 2008 and 2010, respectively.

New Big West member Cal Poly had three winners in a row in 2004-2005 (Jordan Beck, Chris Gocong, Kyle Shotwell) while a member of the now defunct Great West.

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2012 Big Sky Football: Preseason Polls Show Montana State At No. 1 For Both Media And Coaches

The 2012 Big Sky preseason polls have been released for the upcoming college football season, and both the coaches and the media are in agreement that the Montana State Bobcats belong at No. 1 heading into the 2012 campaign. The Northern Colorado Bears unfortunately clock in at No. 13 (last place) in both polls, while Montana is ranked as third-best team in the conference.

Here is a look at the preaseason polls heading into the upcoming season:

2012 Big Sky Conference Preseason Football Polls

Media Poll Coaches’ Poll
1. Montana State (30) 502 1. Montana State (7) 136
2. Eastern Washington (3) 453 2. Eastern Washington (4) 131
3. Montana (5) 442 3. Montana (1) 126
4. Portland State 334 4. Portland State 90
5. Cal Poly (1) 323 5. Cal Poly 86
6. North Dakota 295 6. Weber State 81
7. Weber State (1) 284 7. Northern Arizona 75
8. Southern Utah 258 8. Southern Utah (1) 74
9. Northern Arizona 242 9. Sacramento State 71
10. Sacramento State 191 10. North Dakota 68
11. UC Davis 135 11. Idaho State 31
12. Idaho State 115 12. UC Davis 30
13. Northern Colorado 63 13. Northern Colorado 14

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2012 Big Sky Football: Preseason All-Conference Team Released

On Sunday, the 2012 Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team was announced, and it has a couple of Northern Colorado Bears adorning its roster.

Senior kick returner Dominic Gunn was one of the members from the Bears. The Aurora, CO native had a touchdown on a kickoff return last year to compliment his 25.9 yards per return average.

More than just a return man, Gunn made 25 catches for 330 yards and four touchdowns last year.

The other man who recieved recognition for Northern Colorado is junior linebacker Clarence Bumpas. Also a native of CO - this time from Colorado Springs - Bumpas is a transfer from Kansas State ready to start his second season in the Big Sky.

In 2011, Bumpas recorded 145 tackles which ranked fourth in the entire nation at the FCS level.In one game against Weber State, Bumpas made an incredible 19 stops.

For a view of the rest of the team, please follow this link.

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2012 FCS Walter Payton Award Nominees: DeNarius McGhee, Rodrick Rumble And Brad Sorensen Named To List

The Sports Network has released its list of 2012 FCS Walter Payton Award Nominees, an award given to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision each year, and four big-name players from the Big Sky Conference are list. Of the 20 initial nominees, quarterbacks DeNarius McGhee of Montana State and Brad Sorensen of Southern Utah join wide receiver Rodrick Rumble of Idaho State and running back Zach Bauman of Northern Arizona as hopefuls from the Big Sky.

As noted in the Sports Network story, McGhee is the only two-time finalist nominated this season -- he finished seventh in 2010 and 13th in 2011 -- while Sorensen has thrown for more than 3,100 yards each of the past two seasons and could make a run at the award this year.

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2012 FCS Preseason All-America Teams Released: Big Sky Conference Well Represented

The 2012 FCS Preseason All-America teams have been released. Northern Colorado linebacker Clarence Bumpas made the second team.

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