MSU's Bignell, Padmos earn Big Sky honors


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Two Montana State University players were recognized by the Big Sky Conference for their performances in the Bobcats' 31-23 victory over the Montana Grizzlies.

Senior linebacker Mac Bignell shared the Big Sky's Defensive Player of the Week award with Weber State cornerback Taron Johnson.

Bignell recorded 10 tackles, including two-and-a-half for loss and half a sack. Five of his stops came in the fourth quarter of the game.

The Drummond, Montana, native also came up with a quarterback hurry, broke up a pass, and recovered a fumble on Montana's second-to-last possession

It was the fifth fumble recovery of Bignell's career, which put him into a tie for fifth-place in the MSU record books.

In addition, sophomore punter Jered Padmos was named the Big Sky's Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Boulder, Montana, native averaged 42.0 yards per punt on seven attempts. His longest was 51 yards, and he pinned the Griz inside their own 20-yard line four times.

Padmos and the coverage team played a key role in limiting the big play ability of UM return specialist, Jerry Louie-McGee.

Louie-McGee was unable to return a punt in the entire second half, after racking up 119 yards on both kick and punt returns throughout the game.

In nine games this season, Padmos pinned the opposition inside the 20-yard line 16 times on 39 punts, with six of at least 50 yards.