Hampton, Baggett, Wale Honored By CoSIDA
Dec. 1, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State center Mason Hampton was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Football Team Thursday, while offensive lineman Steven Baggett and punter Sean Wale were each named to the second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced.

Hampton becomes just the fifth football student-athlete in Boise State history to be named to CoSIDA's Academic All-America First Team, joining Brent McIver (1971), Glenn Sparks (1973), Sam Miller (1978) and Nate Potter (2011). His first-team nod, along with the second-team nods of Baggett and Wale, gives Boise State a total of 14 CoSIDA Academic All-America nods among 11 student-athletes in its history.

Hampton, a redshirt junior, has started 10 of 12 games at center for the Broncos, while working towards a degree in philosophy with a GPA of 3.96. He and Baggett, a redshirt senior and construction management major with a 3.82 cumulative grade-point average who has started all 12 games this season (10 at guard, two at center), each earned All-Mountain West honors this past Tuesday as Baggett was named to the second team and Hampton earned honorable mention. They are part of a Bronco offensive line that ranks 21st in the country allowing just 15 sacks this season. They help provide protection for All-Mountain West quarterback Brett Rypien in a passing offense that ranks 16th in the country with 297.8 passing yards per game, and produced All-Mountain West running back Jeremy McNichols’ second-straight 1,000-yard season, as McNichols ranks third in the conference in rushing yards and leads the country with 27 touchdowns and is second with 23 rushing touchdowns. Together, the pair helps make up the interior of an offensive line that paved the way for the Mountain West’s top offense at 479.8 yards per game.

Baggett was graded as Boise State's top lineman in five games this season, while Hampton was the highest-graded in one game.

Wale, a redshirt senior with a 3.84 GPA as he works towards his degree in health science, was named on Tuesday to the All-Mountain West Second Team. A Ray Guy Award semifinalist and William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist in 2016, he has enjoyed a career year, leading the Mountain West and ranking seventh in the country with a 45.2-yard punting average, with a long of 68. Wale has dropped 18 of his punts inside opponents’ 20-yard lines, had 23 fair-caught and only had three of his 47 punts go for touchbacks. His punting has also disrupted opponents’ return games, as Bronco opponents average just 8.9 yards over 15 returns, with his net punting average of 40.2 yards ranking 18th in the country. Wale was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week back on Sept. 26 after his performance at Oregon State (Sept. 24), and on Nov. 4 against San Jose State even got to use his legs for a different purpose as he pulled off a fake punt with a 29-yard scamper for a first down.

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