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HELENA — Montana State quarterback Denarius McGhee has been named the co-offensive player of the year in the Big Sky Conference, as well as the league's newcomer of the year.

 

 The league coaches voted Monday and the awards were announced Tuesday. Four Montana State players and two from Montana earned first team all-conference honors for the 2010 season.

 

 McGhee, a redshirt freshman from Euless, Texas, passed for 2,940 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions in leading Montana State to a share of the league title. He is just the second Bobcat to win offensive player of the year honors. The first was Kelly Bradley, quarterback of MSU's 1984 national championship team.

 

 McGhee shares the offensive player of the year honor with Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones, a fellow Walter Payton Award candidate. Jones Rushed for 1,344 yards and 11 touchdowns.

 

 EWU senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt was named the league's defensive player of the year. He was second in the league with 125 total tackles and is a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

 

 Montana State also saw offensive tackle Mike Person, place kicker Jason Cunningham and defensive tackle Dan Ogden earn first team honors, along with Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety Erik Stoll.

 

Montana State had three second-team all-conference players while Montana had seven.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana State quarterback Denarius McGhee has been named the co-offensive player of the year in the Big Sky Conference, as well as the league's newcomer of the year.

 

The league coaches voted Monday and the awards were announced Tuesday. Four Montana State players and two from Montana earned first team all-conference honors for the 2010 season.

 

McGhee, a redshirt freshman from Euless, Texas, passed for 2,940 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions in leading Montana State to a share of the league title. He is just the second Bobcat to win offensive player of the year honors. The first was Kelly Bradley, quarterback of MSU's 1984 national championship team.

 

McGhee shares the offensive player of the year honor with Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones, a fellow Walter Payton Award candidate. Jones Rushed for 1,344 yards and 11 touchdowns.

 

EWU senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt was named the league's defensive player of the year. He was second in the league with 125 total tackles and is a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

 

Montana State also saw offensive tackle Mike Person, place kicker Jason Cunningham and defensive tackle Dan Ogden earn first team honors, along with Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety Erik Stoll.

 

Montana State had three second-team all-conference players while Montana had seven.

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