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Football Notes: Big Sky Kickoff Interviews to be Streamed on Pluto TV

Football Notes: Big Sky Kickoff Interviews to be Streamed on Pluto TV

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — All interviews on Monday from the Big Sky Conference's 2019 Summer Football Kickoff will be streamed live on Pluto TV.

The 13 head coaches, two student-athletes from each school, Commissioner Tom Wistrcill, and My Place VP of National Sales Dan Hilsendeger will be the guests on the broadcast.

With the assistance of the Spokane Sports Commission, the Football Kickoff, which is taking place at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Wash., will begin its media day Pluto TV live stream at 9 a.m., ending at 2:30 p.m.

Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh will be interviewed at 9:20 a.m. while the interviews of Mustang wide receiver J.J. Koski (pictured above at left) and safety Kitu Humphrey (pictured above at right), both seniors, will start at 12:09 p.m.

The two-day kickoff event will include opportunities for media to interview student-athletes and coaches one-on-one as well as player production shots and video components.

The streamed interviews will be available on Pluto TV Channel 531 and WatchBigSky.com.

Koski (6-1, 195, Danville, Calif. / San Ramon Valley High School) was Cal Poly's top receiver each of the past two seasons, catching 33 passes last fall and 28 as a sophomore in 2017. A third-team All-Big Sky Conference selection last fall, he enters his final season as a Mustang with 79 career catches for 1,443 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Humphrey (5-10, 195, Los Angeles, Calif. / Long Beach Poly High School) recorded 67 total tackles (48 solo) as a junior last fall, breaking up nine passes and recovering a fumble. He has 161 career tackles, three sacks, 11.5 tackles for lost yardage and three interceptions along with 26 pass breakups.

Student-athletes will also take part in social media segments, which fans can follow live on the Big Sky Conference Snapchat and Instagram accounts, and the Big Sky Football Twitter account.

Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona will be the first-two Big Sky schools to compete in 2019, as they play their first game on Thursday, August 29. The Bears will be at San Jose State, while the Lumberjacks host Missouri State.

Cal Poly opens its 2019 season Saturday, August 31, against the University of San Diego at 2 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

2019 Big Sky Conference Summer Football Kickoff
Interview Schedule
9:00 a.m. -- Jay Hill, Weber State
9:10 a.m. -- Troy Taylor, Sacramento State
9:20 a.m. -- Tim Walsh, Cal Poly
9:30 a.m. -- Bruce Barnum, Portland State
9:40 a.m. -- Demario Warren, Southern Utah
9:50 a.m. -- Rob Phenicie, Idaho State
10:00 a.m. -- Dan Hawkins, UC Davis
10:10 a.m. -- Paul Petrino, Idaho
10:20 a.m. -- Chris Ball, Northern Arizona
10:30 a.m. -- Jeff Choate, Montana State
10:40 a.m. -- Earnest Collins Jr., Northern Colorado
10:50 a.m. -- Aaron Best, Eastern Washington
11:00 a.m. -- Bobby Hauck, Montana
11:10 a.m. -- Dan Hilsendeger, My Place Hotels
11:30 a.m. -- Jahque Alleyne & Kevin Kassis, Montana State
11:43 a.m. -- Kevin Thomson & Caelan Barnes, Sacramento State
11:56 a.m. -- Kenton Bartlett & Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State
12:09 p.m. -- J.J. Koski & Kitu Humphrey, Cal Poly
12:22 p.m. -- Zach Larsen & Jay Green Jr., Southern Utah
12:36 p.m. -- Mitch Gueller & Kody Graves, Idaho State
12:49 p.m. -- Nas Anesi & Jake Maier, UC Davis
1:02 p.m. -- Jacob Knipp & Luke Nelson, Northern Colorado
1:15 p.m. -- Noah Johnson & Lloyd Hightower, Idaho
1:28 p.m. -- Rashid Shaheed & Jonah Williams, Weber State
1:41 p.m. -- Case Cookus & Anthony Sweeney, Northern Arizona
1:54 p.m. -- Jayce Gilder & Dylan Ledbetter, Eastern Washington
2:07 p.m. -- Dante Olson & Dalton Sneed, Montana
2:20 p.m. -- Tom Wistrcill, Big Sky Conference

In other Cal Poly football news:

• A pair of Mustang assistant coaches are volunteering their time as coaches for the upcoming second annual Middle School Bowl Game Series.

Offensive coordinator Jim Craft and defensive line coach James Jones III will coach two of the six U.S. National Teams competing on Monday in Frisco, Texas.

The event unites top athletes who participated in U.S. National Team Regionals earlier this spring, selected by Regionals' coaching staffs. All three games will be played at the Ford Center at The Star, the official practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys.

Craft, Cal Poly's offensive line coach, was added to the Mustangs' coaching staff as a wide receivers coach in 2013 before being promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015 and to his current role in 2017.

Craft came to Cal Poly after three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Pacific University (Ore.). Prior to his coaching stint at Pacific, Craft coached for nine years at his alma mater, Portland State (Ore.).

Jones enters his second season as the defensive line coach for the Mustangs. He joined Cal Poly's coaching staff after serving as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Northern Colorado for two years.

Jones brings more than two decades of collegiate coaching experience to the U.S. National Team programs, making coaching stints at San Jose State, Dartmouth and Kansas State, among others.

• The Big Sky Conference announced its 2018-19 scholar-athlete award winners, with former Mustang offensive lineman Sam Ogee representing Cal Poly in football.

Cal Poly's Male Scholar-Athlete for the 2018-19 school year, Ogee was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's 2019 Hampshire Honor Society in March. He is a three-time Big Sky Conference Fall All-Academic Team member and graduated in December with a degree in business administration.

Ogee started the first seven games of the 2018 season at left tackle before he was sidelined the final four contests due to injury. He played in eight games with six starts as a junior, played in all 12 games as a sophomore in 2016 and played in the final three games of the 2015 campaign as a redshirt freshman.

Ogee was a standout on both the offensive and defensive lines at Livermore High School.

To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum grade-point-average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale), be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition and be a letterwinner in their respective sport.