2016-17 Review: Fall

July 17, 2017

Boise State Athletics enjoyed a banner year during the 2016-17 season, winning five conference team championships and finishing No. 71 in the Learfield Directors' Cup. It is the fourth consecutive top-75 finish for the Broncos and the school's 11th in the 24-year history of the award. Boise State also racked up 26 individual conference title, three athletes of the year and 12 All-America honors. This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the year that was. The series starts with the fall sports season.

Boise State Athletics started the 2016-17 campaign with a bang in the fall. The Broncos racked up two team championships and five student-athletes earned All-America distinction.

Volleyball continued to build on season after season of improvement, breaking through to win the 2016 Mountain West title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Broncos swept No. 20 Western Kentucky in the first round for a win in their first tournament appearance. Sierra Nobley became the first Boise State volleyball student-athlete to be named player of the year in any conference and Shawn Garus took home his second consecutive MW Coach of the Year award.

Men's Cross Country also earned a MW title, winning the conference championship race on its home course. Junior Yusuke Uchikoshi led the way by becoming the seventh individual conference champion in program history. The men's team also advanced to nationals, taking 19th as a team and Uchikoshi grabbed All-America honors. On the women's side, Brenna Peloquin continued the rich tradition of female Bronco distance runners as she took sixth at the NCAA Championships.

Another 10-win season for the football program concluded with the Broncos being represented in yet another NFL Draft, while on the soccer pitch Boise State turned a tough nonconference season into one of its all-time best league performances.

The success carried into the classroom, as 67 Broncos landed on the Fall Academic All-Mountain West Team. The 67 honorees are a school record and tied for the most in the Mountain West this season.

Football

  • Went 10-3 in 2016, posting the program's 14th 10-win season since joining FBS in 1996
  • 15 All-Mountain West selections
  • Six first-team All-MW selections: Travis Averill, Steven Baggett, Sam McCaskill, David Moa, Brett Rypien and Thomas Sperbeck
  • Jeremy McNichols: All-America Third Team (Athlon); 27 total touchdowns (second most in nation, third in school history); four-time MW Offensive Player of the Week
  • Center Mason Hampton became just the fifth Bronco football student-athlete to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Football First Team
  • Boise State became one of just 10 schools nationally to have an early entrant picked in each of the last four NFL Drafts as running back Jeremy McNichols was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round (162nd overall)
  • 31 Academic All-Mountain West performers

Women's Volleyball

  • Advanced to program's first NCAA Tournament, won first-round match against No. 20 Western Kentucky by a 3-0 sweep before falling in second round to eventual national champion Stanford
  • Mountain West Champions, with 16-2 record during conference play
  • 26-7 overall record, second most wins in program history
  • Finished season ranked No. 26 in NCAA RPI, No. 27 in AVCA Coaches' Poll
  • Sierra Nobley: Mountain West Player of the Year (first in program history); AVCA All-America Honorable Mention; AVCA All-North Pacific Region
  • Maddy O'Donnell: AVCA All-America Honorable Mention; AVCA All-North Pacific Region
  • Shawn Garus: AVCA North Pacific Region Coach of the Year; Mountain West Coach of the Year (second consecutive)
  • All-Mountain West: Sierra Nobley (POY), Maddy O'Donnell, Kaitlyn Oliver, Maddi Osburn and Sabryn Roberts (honorable mention)
  • Seven Academic All-Mountain West performers

Men's Cross Country

  • Mountain West Champions, first conference team title since 2010
  • Seventh place at NCAA West Regional Championships
  • Second consecutive season qualifying for NCAA National Championships as a team, third in program history (finished 19th)
  • Yusuke Uchikoshi won the individual title at the Mountain West Championships, the seventh individual conference champion in Boise State men's cross country history.
  • All-Mountain West: Yusuke Uchikoshi (first team), Michael Vennard (first team), Miler Haller (second team) and Rhys Park (second team)
  • Yusuke Uchikoshi: USTFCCCA All-America (18th at nationals); USTFCCCA All-West Region (21st at regionals); Mountain West Champion; Mountain West Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year
  • Corey Ihmels: Mountain West Coach of the Year
  • Six Academic All-Mountain West performers

Women's Cross Country

  • Seventh Place at NCAA West Regional Championships
  • Brenna Peloquin: USTFCCCA All-America (sixth at nationals); USTFCCCA All-West Region (third at regionals); Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Champion; Roy Griak Invitational Champion
  • Clare O'Brien: Mountain West Freshman of the Year
  • All-Mountain West: Brenna Peloquin (first team) and Clare O'Brien (second team)
  • Eight Academic All-Mountain West performers

Women's Soccer

  • 5-3-3 Mountain West record: eight results are most in conference play in school history; 18 points and five wins are tied for second most in conference play in school history
  • Janelle Flores: first goalkeeper in program history to be named first-team all-conference; two-time MW Defensive Player of the Week; school-record five shutouts in conference play
  • Raimee Sherle: Mountain West Newcomer of the Year; recorded sixth hat trick in program history; team leader in every offensive category; school-record-tying four game-winning goals
  • Sarah Taylor: represented Canada at FIFA U-20 World Cup
  • All-Mountain West: Janelle Flores (first team); Raimee Sherle (NOY, first team, all-newcomer team); Mikayla Schachtell (all-newcomer team)
  • Concluded 2016-17 academic year with foreign tour to Spain and the Basque Country in May
  • 15 Academic All-Mountain West performers

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