BOISE, Idaho Guiding Boise State University to an undefeated regular season (12-0) and its sixth Western Athletic Conference football title in the past seven years, head football Chris Petersen and 11 Bronco players have received 2008 All-WAC honors.
Five players were named to the first team and six more to the second team, while quarterback Kellen Moore (Prosser, WA) received one of the league’s top individual honors when he was named the Freshman of the Year.
Petersen was named the WAC’s Coach of the Year for the first time in his three years directing the Bronco program.
Starting all 12 games as a red-shirt freshman, Moore led the WAC in passing as he completed 259 of 370 passes for 3,264 yards, 25 touchdowns and an efficiency rating of 161.53. He also received second team All-WAC honors.
Wide receiver Jeremy Childs (Los Alamitos, CA) and defensive back Kyle Wilson (Piscataway, NJ) led Boise State’s first team selections. For Childs, this marked the second straight season he has been named to the first team. He leads the Broncos in receiving with 65 catches for 741 yards and seven touchdowns.
Wilson, who received second team honors last year, leads the WAC in interceptions with five and is ranked 10th nationally. Wilson finished the regular season with 28 tackles and a team leading 10 pass breakups. Wilson also received second team honors as a specialist leading the WAC in punt returns with 470 yards and three touchdowns.
Making their first appearance on the first team for the Broncos were offensive lineman Andrew Woodruff (Victoria, BC, Canada), defensive lineman Ryan Winterswyk (La Habra, CA) and linebacker Ellis Powers (Lakewood, CA).
Woodruff anchored an offense line which led the WAC in scoring this season with a 39.4 points-per-game average. Winterswyk led Boise State in quarterback sacks (4.5 for 33 yards) and tackles for loss (10.0 for 45 yards). Powers was Boise State’s second leading tackler with 71, 49 unassisted. He also made eight tackles for loss, 2.5 quarterbacks, forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles, returning both for touchdowns.
Joining Wilson (specialist) and Moore (quarterback) on the second team for the Broncos were wide receiver Austin Pettis (Anaheim, CA), running back Ian Johnson (San Dimas, CA), defensive lineman Mike T. Williams (Sacramento, CA) and defensive back Jeron Johnson (Compton, CA).
Ian Johnson is making his third straight appearance on the all-league teams. In 2006 and 2007 he was named to the WAC’s first team. He once again led the Broncos in rushing this year with 738 yards and 12 touchdowns. His touchdown total moved the senior into a tie with Marshall Faulk for the all-time mark in the WAC at 57.
Pettis was second on the Bronco team for receptions with 45 for 502 yards and a team high nine touchdowns. Williams made 35 tackles, including four quarterback sacks and six tackles for loss. Jeron Johnson was Boise State’s leading tackler with 84, including a team high 60 unassisted. He was led the team in fumbles recovered with three.
Ranked No. 9 in all the polls and the current Bowl Championship Series standings, Boise State is waiting to hear what postseason bowl game the Broncos will go to.