Idaho running back Devon Pearce and Weber State quarterback Jamie Martin on offense and Montana State tackle Corey Widmer on defense have been named the Big Sky Conference's 1990 most valuable players.
Big Sky Commissioner Ron Stephenson also announced Thursday that Eastern Washington running back Harold Wright and Northern Arizona wide receiver Hendricks Johnson share the league's top newcomer award in voting by Big Sky head football coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.Pearce, a 5-foot, 9-inch, 194-pound junior from Portland, Ore., was a unanimous first-team all-Big Sky offense selection this week. He led the league and was second among I-AA players in rushing this season with 1,393 yards and 15 touchdowns on 267 carries, and had four of the top five rushing performances in the conference this season.
He averaged 126.6 yards rushing per game - including eight games over 100 yards and a season-high 226 yards at Boise State - led the Big Sky in scoring with 102 points and was second in all-purpose rushing with 144.5 yards per game.
Martin, a 6-4, 200-pound sophomore from Arroyo Grande, Calif., also was named to the first-team all-Big Sky offense. He led all I-AA players in total offense, averaging 337.5 yards per game and accounting for 25 touchdowns. He completed 256 of 428 passes for 3,700 yards and 23 scores. His yardage total was the second best in Big Sky history behind the 4,041 by former Idaho great John Friesz last year.
Others receiving votes for the offensive award were Nevada wide receiver Treamelle Taylor, Boise State running back Chris Thomas, Eastern Washington guard Charles Spencer and Montana quarterback Grady Bennett.