Football Lands Five To All-District Team
Nov. 3, 2016

  • 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Football Teams

    BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State football had five student-athletes voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Team Thursday. Guard Steven Baggett, center Mason Hampton, STUD Gabe Perez, wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck and punter Sean Wale all earned spots on the team, as Boise State, with five selections, paced all schools in District 7.

    The teams are voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). All five Broncos now move on to the national ballot, with the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America Football Team set to be announced Dec. 1. To be eligible for the All-District Teams, candidates must possess a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30, have completed at least one full academic year at their current institution, and be a starter or significant reserve for their team.

    Baggett and Wale each earned their second-straight selection to the All-District 7 Team with Thursday's announcement. Baggett, a redshirt senior construction management major with a 3.82 cumulative grade-point average, has started all eight games this season, with six starts at guard and two at center. Redshirt senior punter Wale, with a 3.84 GPA as he works towards his degree in health science, was named on Tuesday a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to college football's top punter, and currently ranks 14th in the country in punting (45.0 yards per punt) and seventh in net punting (42.0 net yards per punt).

    Hampton, Perez and Sperbeck each earned their first CoSIDA honors. Hampton, a redshirt junior, has started six of eight games at center for the Broncos, while working towards a degree in philosophy with a GPA of 3.96. Perez, a redshirt junior and general business major with a 3.60 GPA, has contributed five tackles and a tackle-for-loss over five games this season despite suffering a season-ending shoulder surgery recently. Sperbeck, a communication major with a 3.38 GPA, is enjoying an outstanding senior year on the field for the Broncos, leading the Mountain West in receiving yards (890) and touchdown receptions (seven) while sitting second with 55 receptions. Oct. 20 against BYU, Sperbeck became Boise State's all-time leader in receiving yards, passing Titus Young's benchmark of 3,063 yards, and currently standing at 3,219 yards.

    Boise State (7-1, 3-1 MW), ranked 24th in the first College Football Playoff Rankings this past Tuesday, hosts San Jose State Friday night at Albertsons Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. MT on ESPN2.

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