DOTSON NAMED TO ALL-BIG SKY FIRST TEAM; TAPPIN EARNS HONORABLE MENTION

DOTSON NAMED TO ALL-BIG SKY FIRST TEAM; TAPPIN EARNS HONORABLE MENTION

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Running back Elijah Dotson earned first team all-Big Sky Conference honors and offensive tackle Taylor Tappin was an honorable mention selection, it was announced today.

Dotson became the first Hornet running back to earn first team all-Big Sky honors since Charles Roberts (1998-2000). The sophomore rushed for 1,154 yards which was the seventh best in school history. He averaged 115.4 yards per game which placed him third in the Hornet record book and moved into fifth at 6.2 yards per carry. Dotson was also the team's leading scorer with nine rushing touchdowns and had a team-best 1,314 all-purpose yards.

The Antelope High School graduate posted dominating numbers in Sacramento State's first five Big Sky game of the season. He started the streak with 234 yards and three touchdowns at Montana and followed with identical 149 yards and one touchdown performances against Cal Poly and Southern Utah. Dotson continued his streak with 140 yards and a score against North Dakota and pushed his run to five consecutive games over 100 yards with 183 and a score against Portland State. His five-game stretch over the century mark was the longest by a Hornet since Bryan Hilliard had six straight in 2010. During the stretch, Dotson averaged 171.0 yards per game, 7.5 yards per rush and scored six touchdowns.

In just two years, Dotson has already rushed for 1,629 yards which places him ninth at Sacramento State. His 14 career rushing scores ranks 11th, his average of 6.0 yards per carry places him third and his average of 77.6 rushing yards per game is seventh.

Helping pave the way for Dotson was Tappin who started all 10 games at left tackle. Tappin ended his career starting 25 consecutive games with 15 coming at right tackle and 10 at left tackle. During the year, the Hornet offense averaged 5.0 yards per carry and 189.7 yards per game. The honor is the first of his career.

The conference also handed out its Player of the Year awards. UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier was the offensive recipient. Eastern Washington's Jay-Tee Tiuli was the defensive award winner and Weber State running back Josh Davis was named Freshman of the Year. The Newcomer of the Year award went to Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed.