BOISE, Idaho Boise State is ranked 22nd in the preseason top 25 by the Sporting News heading into the 2007 season, while offensive tackle Ryan Clady is a preseason first-team All-America selection by the magazine.
Clady (Rialto, Calif./Eisenhower HS) was also selected as the second best offensive tackle in the country by the Sporting News. The 6’6", 319-pound junior also has earned preseason first-team All-America honors from PLAYBOY. He was instrumental in the Broncos finishing the 2006 season second in the country in scoring, sixth in rushing and 10th in total offense. The junior was a SI.com second-team All-American and first-team All-WAC selection last season.
In addition to being named a first-team All-America pick, Clady was named to the preseason All-WAC team by the magazine. Joining Clady as all-league choices are junior running back Ian Johnson, senior offensive lineman Jeff Cavender, senior safety Marty Tadman and sophomore cornerback Kyle Wilson.
Johnson (San Dimas, Calif./Damien HS) enters his junior season third in the nation among active players in career rushing touchdowns with 26 and fourth in career total touchdowns with 26. He was named first-team All-America by SI.com and CBS SportsLine.com, second-team All-America by the Sporting News and third-team All-America by the Associated Press last season after leading the country in touchdowns (25) and finishing second in rushing (142.83 ypg).
Cavender (Elko, Nev./Elko HS) earned second-team All-WAC honors at right guard last season after helping the Broncos finish the 2006 season second in the country in scoring, sixth in rushing and 10th in total offense. Cavender has started all 38 games of his career, 13 at center (where he will play this season), 13 at right guard and 12 at right tackle.
Tadman (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo HS) heads into his senior season as the active national leader in career interceptions with 12 and interception returns for touchdowns with three, while ranking second in career interception return yards with 269. Tadman was a second-team All-WAC pick as a junior and earned defensive MVP honors at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl after intercepting two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Wilson (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway HS) was named honorable mention Freshman All-America by the Sporting News last season. He finished with 41 tackles, 5 pass breakups and an interception.
The magazine also selected Boise State freshman linebacker Derrell Acrey (East Highland, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) as the Preseason Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Acrey was Boise State’s Defensive Scout Player of the Year last season while redshirting.