SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Boise State University was once again picked by the league’s head coaches and media to capture the 2009 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) football championship, as the league’s annual media gathering gets underway for two days here in the capital city of Utah.
A winner of six of the past seven WAC titles, Boise State was a unanimous selection by the head coaches receiving eight first place votes for a total of 64 points. The University of Nevada received the remaining first place vote as coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
On the media side, the Broncos received 55 of the 58 votes cast the league’s media members for 519 points. Nevada once again was selected to finish second with the remaining three first place votes and 444 points.
The next five spots were the same in both polls with Fresno State picked to finish third, Louisiana Tech University fourth, the University of Hawai’i fifth, San Jose State University sixth and Utah State University seventh. The coaches selected New Mexico State University eighth and the University of Idaho ninth. The media had the final two spots reversed with Idaho eighth and New Mexico State ninth.
Boise State finished the 2008 season with a 12-1 record and was ranked 11th in the final Associated Press media poll, and 13th in the final coaches’ poll. While both groups have yet to release their preseason rankings for the 2009 season, several magazines have picked the Broncos to begin the year ranked in the top 15.
Kyle Wilson was selected the league’s preseason defensive player of the year by the media. One of the top defensive players in the country, Wilson was selected to the Playboy magazine’s 2009 preseason All-America team earlier this month. USA Today also picked Wilson as one of the top 32 senior players for the 2009 season.
Last year Wilson made 35 tackles and intercepted five passes to earn first-team All-WAC honors.
He is also one of the top punt returners in the country earning All-American honors last year when he returned 33 punts for 470 yards and three touchdowns.
Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick was selected the league’s preseason offensive player of the year.
Boise State opens its preseason training next Wednesday (Aug. 5), and opens the 2009 season on Sept. 3 (Thursday) hosting the University of Oregon. Kickoff of the ESPN broadcast game at Bronco Stadium is 8:15 p.m. (MT).