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Idaho State’s Mitch Gueller a First-Team Big Sky WR

Idaho State receiver Mitch Gueller breaks away from a Cal Poly defender on Saturday in Pocatello.

Mitch Gueller picked up a big honor on Tuesday, earning a spot on the Big Sky Conference’s Football All-Conference team.

The Idaho State University sophomore was a first-team selection at wide receiver, leading the Bengals with 871 receiving yards on 36 catches with eight touchdowns in nine games.

Gueller, a 2012 W.F. West High School graduate, played quarterback for the last two years of his prep career, and was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies as a pitcher in the 2012 MLB Draft. In the summer of 2016 he elected to join his younger brother Tanner, Idaho State’s starting quarterback, in Pocatello, where he worked his way into the starting lineup as a receiver.

Gueller played and started in all eight conference games. In a win over Portland State he caught four passes for 195 yards and scored a touchdown on a school record 97-yard pass play. He had 188 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Montana, 149 and three touchdowns at Northern Colorado, and 125 versus Cal Poly.

Idaho State had 10 players garner all-conference honors, including additional first-team all-conference players in Skyler Phillips (OL), James Madison (RB) and Mario Jenkins (LB).

The All-Conference teams and individual award winners were selected by the 13 league head coaches and released by the league office Tuesday.

UC Davis junior wide receiver Keelan Doss was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player. Doss, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, finished the regular season as the top wide receiver in the nation among all Division I FBS and FCS players in receiving yards (1,499), receiving yards per game (136.3) and receptions per game (10.5).

Weber State senior cornerback Taron Johnson was voted as the Defensive Most Valuable Player. Johnson, the only unanimous selection to the defensive first team, helped lead the Wildcats to a share of the Big Sky title in his final season. He finished the regular season with 30 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, 10 passes defended, and three interceptions for a total of 59 yards.

Additional top honors went to Aggie sophomore quarterback Jake Maier for Newcomer of the Year. The sophomore finished his season ranked second in the FCS in completion percentage (.686), third in passing yards (3,669) and fifth in passing yards per game (333.5).

Freshman of the Year honors went to double threat Troy Andersen, who plays running back and linebacker for Montana State. He notched 515 rushing yards to go along with five touchdowns on the ground and a touchdown reception. On defense he had nine tackles and a sack for the Bobcats.

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