WACO, Texas Ryan Clady, an offensive tackle at Boise State University, has been named to the 2007 AFCA All-America team. The announcement was made today (Nov. 29) by the American Football Coaches Association.
Clady, a junior from Rialto, Calif. (Eisenhower HS), becomes just the second Bronco to be selected to a national All-America team since Boise State moved to the NCAA Football Bowl Sub-Division (formerly I-A) in 1996. Running back Ian Johnson received SI.com first team All-American honors last year. Clady is also the first Bronco to be named to the coaches’ All-America team since defensive end Joe O’Brien was selected to the Football Championship Sub-Division (formerly I-AA) in 1994.
The AFCA’s All-America selection committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the nine districts. The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. This is the only team chosen exclusively by the head coaches.
At 6-foot-6, 315-pounds, Clady was once again the anchor of a Bronco offensive line which led one of the top offenses in the country this year. Boise State ranked among the top 10 in three of the five team statistical categories including fifth in scoring offense with a 42.75 points-per-game average, sixth in passing efficiency with a rating of 155.87, and ninth in total offense averaging 475.67 yards per game.
This is not the first time Clady has received first team All-America honors during his Bronco career. This past summer he was named to the 2007 Playboy All-America team and he also received first team preseason honors this year from Sporting News and SI.com. He was a second team SI.com All-America selection following the 2006 season.
Joining Clady in the offensive line on this year’s AFCA All-America team are Jake Long from the University of Michigan, Kirk Barton from Ohio State University, Steve Justice from Wake Forest University and Duke Robinson from the University of Oklahoma.
Clady was one of eight juniors selected to this year’s squad, and one of two players from the Western Athletic Conference named to the team. San Jose State’s Dwight Lowery was named to the team for the second straight season as a defensive back.Boise State has a current overall record of 10-2 and finished second in the WAC at 7-1. The Broncos are bowl eligible for the sixth straight year and are waiting an announcement to find out where they will play their final game of the 2007 season.