Two days after wrapping up an undefeated regular season and punctuating the 2008 WAC Championship with a 61-10 victory over Fresno State, the Boise State football team held its annual Awards Banquet.

            Fourteen different awards were handed out, headlined by the Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.  The individual player awards were voted on by teammates.

            Freshman quarterback Kellen Moore was named Boise State’s Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year.  The Prosser, Washington native became the first freshman to start a season opener at Boise State, and led the high-powered Bronco offense all season.  He has thrown for 3,264 yards and 25 touchdowns, while leading the Western Athletic Conference in pass efficiency with a 161.53 rating.

            On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore defensive end Ryan Winterswyk and senior safety Ellis Powers were honored as Co-Most Valuable Defensive Players of the Year in a vote of the Bronco team.  Winterswyk led the team during the regular season with 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks, while Ellis Powers cemented the Bronco secondary with hard hitting and aggressive play.  Powers ranks second on the team with 71 tackles and 8 tackles for loss, while also intercepting one pass and making two fumble recoveries.

            Boise State also recognized two special teams standouts, with Co-Special Teams Players of the Year.  Sophomore placekicker/punter Kyle Brotzman and junior punt returner Kyle Wilson shared the honor.  Brotzman leads the Bronco team in scoring with 91 points, including a perfect 49-of-49 on extra point attempts.  The Meridian native also owns a 45.5 yard punting average and has downed 13 of his 33 punts inside the 20 yard line.  Wilson, meanwhile, has become one of the most dangerous punt returners in the country with three returns for touchdown and a 14.7 yard return average.

             The Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award went to senior Andrew Woodruff.  A four year starter, Woodruff anchored a young offensive line during the 2008 season, and during his Bronco career showed amazing versatility, starting at four different line positions.  Senior Mike T. Williams was honored with the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award.  During the 2008 season, Williams had 35 tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks.

Other award winners at Sunday’s banquet included freshman running back and special teams wizard Doug Martin, who took home the symbolic “Hammer” Award for most physical special teams play.  Senior tight end Chris O’Neill was honored as the Iron Bronco Award (dedication in the weight room), while fellow seniors Bush Hamdan and Vinny Perretta were recognized with specialty awards for their dedication to the program.  Hamdan was named this year’s winner of the Bronco Excellence Award, while Perretta earned the Valor Award.

            Below is a complete list of the 2008 Boise State Football Team Award Winners:


Iron Bronco Award (Weight Room Dedication) Chris O’Neill (Sr. / TE)

Ultimate Blue Blood Award (Red-Shirt Dedication) Darren Koontz (Fr. / DT)

Defensive Scout Player of the Year Michael Atkinson  (Fr. / DT)

Offensive Scout Player of the Year Mitch Burroughs (Fr. / WR)

Special Teams Scout Player of the Year Josh Borgman (Fr. / DB)

Hammer Award Doug Martin (Fr. / RB)

Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award Andrew Woodruff (Sr. / OT)

Outstanding Deffensive Lineman Award Mike T. Williams (Sr. / DE)

“Pat Fuller Memorial” Award (Academic Achievement) Dallas Dobbs (Sr. / LB)

Special Teams Player of the Year Kyle Wilson (Jr./CB) & Kyle Brotzman (So./K)

Most Valuable Offensive Player Kellen Moore (Fr. / QB)

Most Valuable Defensive Player Ryan Winterswyk (So./DE) & Ellis Powers (Sr./S)

Denny Erickson “Valor” Award Vinny Perretta (Sr. / WR)

Bronco Excellence Award Bush Hamdan (Sr. / QB)

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