JARED ZABRANSKY AND HEAD COACH CHRIS PETERSEN NAMED SEMIFINALISTS FOR NATIONAL AWARDS ? KOREY HALL NAMED QUARTERFINALIST FOR NAT

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                BOISE, Idaho Boise State University quarterback Jared Zabransky and head coach Chris Petersen have each been named a semifinalist for a national player of the year and head coach of the year award, respectively, and linebacker Korey Hall has been named a quarterfinalist for a national defensive award.

                Zabransky has been named a semifinalist for the annual Maxwell Award which recognizes the top collegiate football player of the year, while Petersen is a semifinalist for the George Munger Award which is presented to the top collegiate head coach by the Maxwell Football Club. 

                Hall is a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy which is named after hall of fame defensive back Ronnie Lott and goes to a collegiate defensive player.

                Zabransky, a senior form Hermiston, Oregon, has a record of 28-5 during his career as a starter for the Broncos.  In leading the offensive effort for Boise State this season, Zabransky has completed 98 of 164 passes for 1,429 yards and 13 touchdowns.  His efficiency rating is 154.23 which ranks second in the WAC and 16th nationally.  Zabransky is the only player from the WAC among the semifinalists.

The semifinalists were selected by the Maxwell Football Club Advisory Committee.  The announcement of the winner will be made during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be telecast by ESPN on Dec. 7 (Thursday).  Three finalists will be in attendance for the ESPN broadcast. 

Petersen is in his first year as an intercollegiate head coach and has guided the Broncos to a national ranking of 15 in both the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press polls with a perfect 8-0 record.  Petersen spent the previous five seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Broncos before taking over the top football coaching position in December of 2005.  He is the only coach from the WAC on this year’s semifinalist list.

The Maxwell Football Club, which also presents the Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik awards to the offensive and defensive, respectively, college players of the year, will announce its coach of the year winner via a press release in December.  The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards Dinner on March 2, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Hall is one of 17 college seniors named as a quarterfinalist for the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year award which is named after hall of fame defensive back Ronnie Lott.  The Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.   Hall currently leads the Broncos in tackles with 80, including 41 unassisted.  He also leads the team for interceptions with five for 86 yards.  Hall has also made a total of four tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including 2.5 quarterback sacks. 

Eight different conferences are represented on the list of 17 quarterfinalists with the Big 10 leading the way with five candidates.  Hall was the only player from the WAC listed.  The school of the winning student-athlete will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund.  The quarterfinal list will be trimmed to seven semifinalists on Nov. 9 (Thursday) and the three finalists will be announced on Nov. 27 (Monday).  The winner will be announced during a banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. on Dec. 10 (Sunday).

                The Broncos are back in action Nov. 1 (Wednesday) when they host Fresno State at 6:06 p.m. (MT) in Bronco Stadium.