BOISE, Idaho Richie Brockel, Dallas Dobbs, Vinny Perretta, all members of the Boise State University football team, have been named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine’s district eight all-academic first team.

            While all are former Western Athletic Conference all-academic selections, this is the first time they have been selected to the all-district first team.  With their selection to the first team, all three will now have their names advanced to the national ballot which will be voted on by selected members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

            A junior from Phoenix, Arizona, Brockel has already earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Boise State and is currently working on his master’s degree in accounting.  He received bachelor’s degree with a 3.71 grade-point-average.  A starter in the Bronco lineup at fullback, Brockel has caught eight passes for 75 yards this season in helping Boise State to an undefeated record of 8-0. 

            Like Brockel, Dobbs has also already earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting and is now working on his master’s degree in the same field.  A senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, Dobbs posted an undergraduate GPA of 3.57, and has a 3.88 GPA in graduate school.  Dobbs is a linebacker for the Broncos and has made nine tackles, broken up one pass and forced one fumble this season. 

            A senior from Encinitas, California, Perretta has a 3.68 GPA in history.  Perretta has been a key part of the Bronco offense throughout his career.  In four years he has caught 60 passes for 697 yards and three touchdowns, ran the ball 68 times for 402 yards and four touchdowns and at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl threw the overtime touchdown pass in Boise State’s 43-42 win over the University of Oklahoma.  This season he is the team’s second leading receiver with 22 catches for 284 yards and one touchdown.

            Brockel, Dobbs, Perretta and the rest of the Broncos are back in action this Saturday (Nov. 8) when they host Utah State University at Bronco Stadium.  Kickoff is at 12:07 p.m. (MT).

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