Thursday, August 24, 2006

Two Big Sky Standouts Land On Buchanon Watch List

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.


  • At 8/24/2006 8:53 AM, Blogger FORTHALL said…

    Pago is an interesting individual. He is listed at 5'10" 210 lbs in the media guide at ISU. In reality, he is 6' 235 lbs. He came in as a freshman at 225 lbs. I finally asked him why his size was incorrect in the media guide. He told me that his size had nothing to do with his play and was not that important. He has always told the SID his size his senior year in High School, 5'10" 210 lbs, probably the reason ISU was able to sign a first team all-dream teamer from California. If he had been 6' 225, his senior year we would have been facing Pac-10 schools for his services.


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