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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY THIRD TEAM: DB Xavier Bell (PSU),...Bell, a 6-2, 200-pound safety from Long Beach, CA, was a two-year starter and letterwinner for the Vikings. This season, he led the team with 56 tackles, had six tackles for loss, one sack, an interception, a forced fumble and three pass breakups. In two seasons, Bell had 106 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and 10 tackles for loss. - Portland State Football

rSr/2023 SS Xavier BellPortland State
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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY THIRD TEAM: DT EJ Ane (PSU),...Ane, a 6-2, 275-pound tackle from Killeen, TX, transferred to Portland State from San Jose State for his senior season in 2022. Ane was a big addition, starting all 11 games and ranking fifth on the team with 42 tackles. Ane led the Vikings with nine tackles for loss, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries. - Portland State Football

rSr/2023 DE EJ AnePortland State
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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY SECOND TEAM: WR Beau Kelly (PSU),...Kelly, a 5-9, 170-pound receiver from Scottsdale, AZ, led the Vikings in receiving yards this season with 654 on 41 receptions. He had five touchdowns and 117 additional all-purpose yards. Kelly completes his career as one of the top receivers in school history with 156 receptions (4th all-time), 2,288 yards (5th), 18 touchdowns (t7th) and 292 punt return yards (7th). A four-year letterwinner and team captain, Kelly started 42 career games and the last 35 in a row. He was named second team All-Big Sky for the second year in a row. - Portland State Football

rSr/2023 WR Beau KellyPortland State
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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY FIRST TEAM: OL Tyson Pauling (PSU),...Pauling, a 6-5, 295-pound center from Victorville, CA, has been a full-time starter on the offensive line for the past two seasons. He made 27 career starts, including his last 23 games in a row. Also a team captain, Pauling was an anchor on the line, for the team as a whole and a four-year letterwinner. - Portland State Football

Sr/2023 C Tyson PaulingPortland State
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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY HONORABLE MENTION: AP Emmanuel Daigbe (PSU),...Vikings earning Honorable Mention All-Big Sky include: senior wide receiver/all-purpose Emmanuel Daigbe (13 receptions, 147 yards, 31 rushes, 183 yards, 2 tackles on special teams in 7 games). - Portland State Football

rSr/2023 WR Emmanuel DaigbePortland State
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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY HONORABLE MENTION: DE VJ Malo (PSU),...Vikings earning Honorable Mention All-Big Sky include: senior defensive end VJ Malo (18 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble in 8 games). - Portland State Football

rSr/2023 DT VJ MaloPortland State
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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY HONORABLE MENTION: TE Anthony Rodriguez (PSU),...Vikings earning Honorable Mention All-Big Sky include: senior tight end Anthony Rodriguez (2 receptions, 17 yards, 3 rushes, 14 yards). - Portland State Football

rSr/2023 FB Anthony RodriguezPortland State
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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY HONORABLE MENTION: WR Mataio Talalemotu (PSU),...Vikings earning Honorable Mention All-Big Sky include: senior wide receiver Mataio Talalemotu (27 receptions, 482 yards, 8 touchdowns, 585 all-purpose yards, 10 touchdowns total in nine games). - Portland State Football

rSr/2023 WR Mataio TalalemotuPortland State
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  NOV 7 BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Jackson (Portland State),...In his first career start for Portland State, Michael Jackson had four tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a pass breakup to earn Big Sky Football Defensive Player of the Week honors. Jackson's two interceptions came in the fourth quarter, halting Northern Colorado drives of 47 and 39 yards, as the Vikings earned the 35-21 victory. Others Nominated, Def: Marcus Welnel (Montana), Desmond Williams (Weber State), Cameron Broussard (Sac State), Morgan Vest (NAU), Kemari Bailey (Idaho). - Big Sky Football

rJr/2025 CB Michael JacksonPortland State
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  Dante Chachere threw for four touchdowns - all coming in the second quarter - and Portland State rallied past Northern Colorado for a 35-21 win on Saturday. Trailing 14-0 after the first, Chachere threw scoring passes of 64 and 37 yards to Mataio Talalemotu, 12 yards to Jobi Malary and 38 to Maclain Griffin. Talalemotu finished with 103 yards receiving on three receptions.

Chacehere threw for 269 yards. Dylan McCaffrey got Northern Colorado rolling with 67-yard scoring pass to Zain Zinicola for the game's first score then, near the end of the first, Elijah Dotson crashed in from a yard out for a two-score lead. McCaffrey threw for 328 yards and was intercepted twice. Zinicola had 119 receiving yards on 11 receptions. Portland State (4-5, 3-3 Big Sky) has won four of its last six after a three-game skid to start the season. The Bears (2-7, 1-5) have dropped five straight. - Portland State/AP College Football


Jr/2025 QB Dante ChacherePortland State
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  Dante Chachere ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third and Portland State raced to a big lead before holding off Eastern Washington 38-35 on Saturday. The Vikings (3-5, 2-3 Big Sky Conference), who finished with 628 yards of offense, raced to a 35-7 halftime lead by scoring on their first four drives and five of six. The Eagles (2-6, 1-4), who finished with 564 yards, rallied back with with four touchdowns on six drives after the break. Chachere opened the scoring with a 51-yard burst, added an 8-yard TD run and capped the half with a 9-yard pass to Beau Kelly in the final minute.

Chachere finished 17-of-22 passing for 201 yards and kept the ball 14 times for a career-high 141 yards rushing. Jobi Malary carried 19 times for 148 yards. Eastern Washington, limited to Justice Jackson's 62-yard TD run in the first half, raced back behind Gunner Talkington. Talkington was 36-of-60 passing for 394 yards and three touchdowns. Freddie Roberson had nine catches for 145 yards and a score. Gianni Smith kicked a 40-yard field goal for the Vikings in the middle of EWU's four touchdowns and that was the difference. After Talkington's final scoring pass with 3:49 to play, Elias Spence recovered an onside kick and Portland State ran out the clock with a seven-play, 35-yard drive. A converted fourth-and-2 from the EWU 13 with 1:05 to play wrapped it up. - Portland State/AP College Football


Jr/2025 QB Dante ChacherePortland State
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  OCT 3 BIG SKY CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sean Chambers (Montana State) and Dante Chachere (Portland State) shared offensive honors after the pair tallied over 400 yards of total offense and five touchdowns each this past Saturday to highlight the league's Big Sky Football Players of the Week, presented by Cloverdale Plumbing. Chachere had a breakout game this past Saturday, as the Portland State quarterback amassed over 400 yards of total offense and five touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a 34-27 win over Northern Arizona. The sophomore passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns, while earning 128 yards rushing and two scores to closeout his day. Others Nominated, Off: Gevani McCoy (Idaho), Cameron Skattebo (Sac State), Marcus Knight (Montana), Stacy Chukwumezie (NAU). - Big Sky Football

Jr/2025 QB Dante ChacherePortland State
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  Dante Chachere threw four of his five touchdown passes in the second quarter and Portland State routed NCAA Division II/III member Lincoln University (California), 48-6 on Saturday. Lincoln, from Oakland, California, started its football program in 2021 and is in its first season as a member of the NCAA. Chachere ran nine yards for a first-quarter touchdown, then threw five touchdown passes in an 18-minute span that covered the second quarter and was capped by a 3-yard toss to Tanner Beaman with 12:24 left in the third quarter that made it 41-0. Chachere hit Maclaine Griffin from 23-yard out, found Mataio Talaemotu with back-to-back throws of 32- and 29-yards and back-to-back throws to Beaman, including a 14-yarder to cap first-half scoring. Chachere was 14 of 29 for 280 yards with an interception for the Vikings (2-3). The Oaklanders (0-5) had 234 yards of offense. Rhett Reiley was 12 of 19 passing for 111 yards with two interceptions. - AP College Football

Jr/2025 QB Dante ChacherePortland State
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  Dante Chachere had 402 yards from scrimmage and accounted for all five Portland State touchdowns in the Vikings' 35-28 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday. Chachere was 22-of-28 passing for 274 yards and he had 128 rushing yards on 12 carries. Chachere threw three touchdown passes, including a 66-yarder to Mataio Talalemotu, and his two touchdowns runs included a 72-yard scamper. The TD to Talalemotu early in the fourth quarter gave the Vikings a 35-13 lead that would prove to be just one touchdown too many for the Lumberjacks to overcome.

The Lumberjacks rallied on a 1-yard run by RJ Martinez and a 10-yard pass from Martinez to Stacy Chukwumezie. Like Chachere, Martinez accounted for all of his team's touchdowns, including a 53-yard pass to Chukwumezie early in the fourth quarter. Chukwumezie's second touchdown catch, with 4:12 remaining, would be the last the NAU offense would see of the ball. After Portland State recovered an onside kick, the Vikings ran off a total of 11 plays and reached the NAU 1-yard line before Chachere twice took a knee to end the game. - AP College Football


Jr/2025 QB Dante ChacherePortland State
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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL - VJ Malo, 6-1, 270, senior, Portland State,...A defensive end from West Seattle, WA, he was one of the top defenders in the league last season, earning second team All-Big Sky. A 6-1, 270-pounder, Malo had 45 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and forced three fumbles in 2021. Malo ranked fifth in the nation in tackles for loss and 11th in sacks. His 20 TFLs were second-most for a season in school history and most-ever at the Division I level. The 10.5 sacks are also the most by a Viking at the Division I level. - Portland State Football

rSr/2023 DT VJ MaloPortland State
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