Montana defensive end Mike Murphy and Idaho State linebacker Pago Togafu have both landed on the watch list for the Buchanon Award, I-AA's award for the top defensive player in the country.
Murphy, a senior, comes into the season sixth all-time on Montana's career sack and tackles for loss lists, with 31.5 and 20. Was hampered a bit with a thumb injury last year, but was still able to snag a second team all-conference spot.
Togafu was a first team linebacker last year, leading the team with 103 tackles, second in the conference, and also had an INT, a forced fumble, and three pass breakups. Togafu is also a senior.
There couldn't be two more deserving candidates in a traditionally offensive-oriented Big Sky.