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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Higgins tabbed best in Big Sky

WSU places 12 on league's first team list

OGDEN -- Weber State's breakthrough football season keeps getting better.

The Big Sky Conference co-champion Wildcats had a league-record 12 players earn first team All-Big Sky Conference honors. The all league teams were announced Tuesday morning by the Big Sky office. Voting for the players was done by the league's nine head football coaches.

The Wildcats had 20 players earn first, second or honorable mention team honors, led by sophomore quarterback Cameron Higgins.

Higgins was named the 2008 Big Sky offensive player of the year, just the second Wildcat to earn that honor. Record-setting quarterback Jamie Martin was the 1991 player of the year and shared the honor in 1992 with Idaho's Devon Pearce.

"This is a tremendous honor for our team, coaching staff, school and fans," said WSU coach Ron McBride. "Many of these kids came to us four years ago when we took over and have worked hard on and off the field to achieve this success. We have a solid foundation in place upon which to build this program onward and upward."

Higgins finished the 2008 regular season as the Big Sky leader in passing (3,791 yards), total offense (3,701 yards) and passing efficiency (171.50). He completed 265-of-392 passes for 3,808 yards and 34 touchdowns, guiding the Wildcats to a 9-3 record overall and a 7-1 mark in conference play. Higgins was also named first team All-Big Sky, but did not receive a unanimous vote.

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