BOISE, Idaho - The offseason recognition keeps rolling in for the Boise State football team, as the Broncos received numerous preseason honors in the SportingNews Magazine 2010 College Football Preview that was recently released. SportingNews has the Broncos ranked No. 3 nationally to start the 2010 season and has also recognized junior quarterback Kellen Moore on multiple player watchlists.
Boise State received the No. 3 ranking following a perfect 14-0 record in 2009 that was capped by a 17-10 victory over TCU in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos, who return 22-of-24 starters from last season, were ranked behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State. Rounding out the SportingNews Preseason Top-10 is Miami (FL), Florida, TCU, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas and Oklahoma. Virginia Tech, who Boise State opens the 2010 season against, was ranked No. 12.
Along with the preseason rankings, SportingNews also released several individual preseason lists highlighting the top players returning in 2010. Moore was recognized by the magazine with multiple individual honors, most notably as a preseason Heisman Candidate and on the Top-25 Players list. Moore joined runningbacks Mark Ingram (Alabama) and Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), and quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State) and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas) as SportingNews' five Heisman Candidates. He was also ranked as the No. 5 overall player in the country on their Top-25 list, and was selected as second-team All-America.
Moore has continued to earn national recognition following an outstanding sophomore campaign with Boise State. He finished 2009 with a 161.7 passer rating having completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 3,536 yards, 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He finished seventh in the 2009 Heisman Trophy voting and was named Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Moore wasn't the only Bronco that received recognition in the SportingNews preseason publication, however, as several players and coaches were tabbed with individual honors. Nationally, offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was picked as one of the top-five assistant coaches in the country. Harsin, who is entering his fifth season in charge of the Boise State offense, coached the Broncos to an NCAA best 42.21 points per game in 2009. Boise State also finished last season ranked 10th in total offense (450.21 ypg), 26th in rushing offense (186.07 ypg) and 29th in passing offense (264.14 ypg). Harsin was joined on the list by defensive coordinators Kirby Smart (Alabama), Tyrone Nix (Ole Miss) and Everett Withers (North Carolina), and offensive line coach James Cregg (USC).
In the WAC preview section, Boise State filled up the conference preseason honors with eight players being named first-team All-WAC. On offense, Moore was joined by running back Jeremy Avery, offensive lineman Nate Potter and wide receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young with first-team honors. On defense, defensive linemen Ryan Winterswyk and Billy Winn joined safety Jeron Johnson as first-team honorees.
To go along with the eight all-conference nominees and being picked to repeat as WAC Champions, Boise State also received several top ratings in individual categories. Austin Pettis was named "best hands" in the WAC, Kellen Moore was named "best passing QB" and "best instincts", Jeron Johnson was voted "hardest hitter" and Chris Petersen was named "best coach".
Boise State will kickoff the 2010 football season on Sept. 6 (Monday) against Virginia Tech at Fed Ex Field in Washington, D.C. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on ESPN.