OGDEN, Utah – Former Montana quarterback Dave Dickenson was named the Big Sky Conference’s greatest male athlete by the league Thursday.
Dickenson, a Great Falls native who went 23-0 during his career at CMR, topped the list of 50 athletes, which celebrated the Big Sky Conference’s first 50 years of men’s athletics. A panel of former and current coaches, administrators and media members from across the league ranked the athletes.
Dickenson, who was named the Big Sky’s offensive most valuable player three times and won the 1995 Walter Payton Award, played at Montana from 1991-95. He completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 11,080 yards with 96 touchdowns and just 26 interceptions during his Grizzly career. His 379.64 passing yards per game in 1995 are the best single-season mark in conference history.
Dickenson’s career per-game average of 317.57 passing yards ranks second in the Big Sky history books.
Those marks don’t include his playoff statistics, where he completed 76.2 percent of his passes for 2,406 yards with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions in seven games. Dickenson led the Grizzlies to two Big Sky regular-season titles, three playoff appearances and the 1995 national championship.
After his Montana career, Dickenson made his mark in the Canadian Football League. He played 143 games in the CFL, where he won the 2000 MVP while playing with the Calgary Stampeders and then led the BC Lions to the 2006 Grey Cup. Dickenson is now the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Calgary.
Former Montana women’s basketball standout Shannon Cate was named the Big Sky Conference’s greatest female athlete last week.