(STATS) - They faced each other as opposing starting quarterbacks in the FCS playoffs last season.
This year, they are linked by being among the elite signal callers in the nation.
South Dakota State sophomore Taryn Christion and Montana senior Brady Gustafson have led their respective teams to Top 10 national rankings while shredding defenses on a weekly basis.
On Wednesday, the two quarterbacks were nominated to the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List.
South Dakota State, QB, Sophomore
Montana, QB, Redshirt Senior
The offensive watch list also includes:
Quarterbacks: Aaron Bailey of Northern Iowa, Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State, Case Cookus of Northern Arizona, Austin Gahafer of Morehead State, Gage Gubrud of Eastern Washington, Devlin Hodges of Samford, KD Humphries of Murray State, Eli Jenkins of Jacksonville State, Kyle Lauletta of Richmond, RJ Noel of Sacred Heart and Peter Pujals of Holy Cross;
Running backs: Khalid Abdullah of James Madison, Kendell Anderson of William & Mary, Tarik Cohen of North Carolina A&T, Derrick Craine of Chattanooga, Chase Edmonds of Fordham, Darius Hammond of Charleston Southern, Kade Harrington of Lamar, De'Angelo Henderson of Coastal Carolina, John Santiago of North Dakota, Lenard Tillery of Southern and Darius Victor of Towson;
Wide receivers: Emmanuel Butler of Northern Arizona, 2015 award winner Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington, Justin Watson of Penn and Jake Wieneke of South Dakota State.
A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year following the regular season. Also this season, STATS will honor the outstanding defensive player in the FCS, a freshman player of the year, a coach of the year and a scholar-athlete of the year.