Weber State placed seven student-athletes on the 2012 Big Sky All-Conference Football Team, which was announced Tuesday by the conference. The team was determined in a vote of the league’s 13 head coaches. WSU placed one athlete on the All-Big Sky Second Team and six Wildcats earned honorable mention honors.
WSU junior linebacker Anthony Morales earned Second Team All-Conference honors on the defensive side and was the only Wildcat named to the First or Second Team. David James, Xavian Johnson, Trevor Pletcher, Shelton Robinson, Tytan Timoteo and C.J. Tuckett all earned Honorable Mention honors.
Morales, who served as a defensive captain for the second-straight season, led the Big Sky and finished third in the nation in tackles at 12.0 per game. He averaged 13.9 tackles per game in Big Sky Conference games. The Edmond, Okla. native played in nine games for the Wildcats and totaled 108 tackles on the season with 48 unassisted and 60 assisted. He also had 9.5 tackles for loss. Morales had double figures in tackles in six of the seven conference games he played, including a career-high 23 tackles against Montana, which ranks as the sixth most in Weber State history. Morales has now played in 30 games in his career at Weber State and has recorded 242 career tackles, just outside of the WSU all-time top 10 list. This is his second All-Conference honors after earning honorable mention honors last season.
Weber State senior cornerback David James earned honorable mention All-Conference honors for the first time in his career. He started all 11 games for the Wildcats at cornerback and recorded 43 tackles with 28 unassisted and 15 assisted tackles. James, a native of Edmond, Okla., also recorded two pass breakups during the season and had one tackle for loss. In his three seasons with the Wildcats James played in 33 games and started 28 games. He had 98 career tackles and four interceptions.
Sophomore Xavian Johnson was named to the honorable mention team at wide receiver for the first time in his career. Johnson started all 11 games for the Wildcats and was WSU’s leading receiver finishing the year with 33 catches for 519 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 15.7 yards per catch and 47.2 receiving yards per game. Johnson recorded WSU’s longest play from scrimmage during the season, a 75-yard touchdown reception that helped WSU defeat Southern Utah on Oct. 20 for the first win of the season. He had two games of more than 100 receiving yards this season. The Las Vegas native has played in 19 games in his two seasons at Weber State and has 839 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Senior Trevor Pletcher earned All-Conference honors for the second time in his career after earning Second Team honors last season. Pletcher led the Wildcats with five sacks in the 10 games he played this season and also recorded 25 tackles and seven tackles for loss. He ranked 14th in the Big Sky in sacks. The Edmond, Okla. native finished his career playing in 40 career games at Weber State and recorded 14.5 sacks, ranking 10th in school history. He also finished with 21.5 career tackles for loss.
Sophomore Shelton Robinson was named to the honorable mention team at offensive tackle for the first time in his career. Robinson started all 11 games for the Wildcats this season and was the only sophomore or freshman to earn All-Conference honor as an offensive tackle. The Pocatello, Idaho native has played in all 22 games in the last two seasons and started 19 straight.
Senior Tytan Timoteo also earned honorable mention honors on the offensive line for the Wildcats. Timoteo started all 11 games for WSU. He started the first eight games at offensive guard and started the last four games at center and WSU finished 2-2 in those games. This is Timoteo’s second all-conference honors after being named to the Second Team last year. The Waianae, Hawaii native played in 41 career games for Weber State and started every game of the past three seasons.
Senior C.J. Tuckett earned All-Big Sky honors for the first time in his career as he was named to the honorable mention team at running back. The Malta, Idaho native finished fifth in the Big Sky in rushing at 87.2 yards per game and was third in rushing in Big Sky conference games at 99.0 yards per game. He started all 11 games and posted 186 carries for 959 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 25 receptions for 139 yards this season. In his final game as a Wildcat he broke the WSU school record with 289 rushing yards in a 40-14 win at Idaho State. He had 36 carries and two touchdowns in the game, breaking the old school record set in 1993. It was also the 10th most yards in a game in Big Sky history. Tuckett played in 36 career games at Weber State and totaled 1,633 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. He finished his career ranked 13th in school history in career rushing yards.
Montana State junior quarterback DeNarius McGhee was named Big Sky Offensive MVP and MSU senior Jody Owens was named Defensive MVP. Zak Browning of Southern Utah was named Newcomer of the Year. This season the Big Sky included 13 schools for the first time in its history with the additions of Cal Poly, North Dakota, Southern Utah and UC Davis.