BOISE, Idaho Led by first team selections Jeremy Childs, Ryan Clady, Ian Johnson, Nick Schlekeway and Marty Tadman, a total of nine Boise State University players were selected to this year’s All-Western Athletic Conference football teams. The head coaches from each school vote on the selections.
Clady and Johnson are repeat first team selections from the 2006 squad, while this is the third time Tadman has received all-league honors during his career. Tadman was a second team selection in 2005 and 2006.
A sophomore wide receiver from Los Alamitos, Calif., Childs set a Boise State single season record for receptions with 82. Childs also became just the fifth receiver in school history to pass the 1,000 mark for receiving yards in a season with 1,045. He also has nine touchdowns receptions this year.
Clady, a three-year starter at offensive tackle, had another outstanding year anchoring the offensive line for the Broncos. The junior from Rialto, Calif. began the season as a first team Playboy All-America selection and was recently named to the 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America squad.
Johnson, a junior running back from San Dimas, Calif., posted his second straight 1,000-yard plus rushing season despite missing two games this year with injuries. In 10 games this year, Johnson rushed for 1,030 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 312 yards and one score, and leads the WAC in scoring for the second straight year with a 10.20 points-per-game average.
This is the first time Schlekeway has received post-season honors from the WAC. A senior defensive end from Eagle, Idaho, Schlekeway finished the regular season with 28 tackles, including 3.5 behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 14 yards and two quarterback sacks for a loss of nine yards.
After earning second team honors for two straight years, Tadman moves to the first team for his senior season. A safety from Mission Viejo, Calif., Tadman is the second leading tackler on the team this season with 83, including a team high 50 unassisted. He leads the team in pass breakups with 10, has made 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 10 yards and has intercepted two passes.
Broncos selected to the second team include offensive guard Tad Miller (senior from Boise, Idaho), quarterback Taylor Tharp (senior from Boulder, Colo.), defensive back Kyle Wilson (sophomore from Piscataway, N.J.) and place kicker Kyle Brotzman (freshman from Meridian, Idaho).