HELENA, Mont. - Northern Arizona quarterback Lance Kriesien was selected as the Big Sky Conference offensive player of the week, the league said Monday.
Eastern Washington defensive tackle Lance Witherspoon and Montana defensive end Kroy Biermann shared the defensive honor, while Weber State punter Mike Snoy won the special teams award.
Kriesien, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior from Houston, Texas, had 320 yards of total offense and accounted for three touchdowns in Northern Arizona's 45-24 league win over Idaho State. He also completed 18 of-24 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 87 yards on 17 carries, with a long of 20. Kriesien threw touchdown passes of 15, 48 and 7 yards.
Witherspoon, a 6-2, 225-pound junior from Federal Way, Wash., tallied a career-high 10 tackles in the Eagles' 35-13 upset of Montana State. He also recorded four tackles-for-loss, including one sack, and was credited with four solo tackles and six assisted stops.
Biermann, a 6-3, 238-pound senior All-American from Hardin, Mont., was credited with six tackles and 1.5 sacks in top-ranked Montana's 17-3 league win over Sacramento State. The Buck Buchanan Award candidate also had five quarterback hurries, a pass deflection and a forced fumble. Biermann leads the Big Sky in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles.
Snoy, a 6-2, 170-pound sophomore from Layton, Utah, averaged 44.7 yards per punt and made a 28-yard field goal and an extra point in Weber State's 23-0 league victory over Northern Colorado. He pinned Northern Colorado inside its own 20-yard line once and had a long punt of 51 yards. Snoy leads the Big Sky with an average of 42.6 yards per punt.