BOISE, Idaho The Western Athletic Conference announced its all-league team today and Korey Hall highlighted the seven Broncos named to the first-team earning WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Five Boise State players were named to the second team.
Hall was joined on the All-WAC first team by senior Andrew Browning on defense, while the Broncos placed four playerssophomore running back Ian Johnson, senior wide receiver Legedu Naanee, senior tight end Derek Schouman and sophomore offensive tackle Ryan Clady--on the offensive first team, as well as kicker Anthony Montgomery.
The Broncos placed two playerssenior quarterback Jared Zabransky and junior guard Jeff Cavenderon the all-league second-team offense, as well as two playerssenior linebacker Colt Brooks and junior safety Marty Tadmanon the all-league second-team defense, as well as punter Kyle Stringer.
Hall, a senior linebacker from Glenns Ferry, Idaho (Glenns Ferry HS), is a three-time first-team All-WAC selection. He is currently third in the WAC in tackles this season with 8.8 per game. He had made 54 solo tackles and 51 assisted for a team-high total of 105. Hall has also recorded 6.5 tackles for loss (including 3.5 sacks), and has picked off six passes for a total of 108 yards. He is the WAC’s active career leader in tackles with 388, the second most in league history. Hall will finish his career in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma on January 1. The award is the second for a Boise State defensive player as Quintin Mikell won it in 2002.
Browning (Lake Oswego, Ore/Lake Oswego HS) finished second in the WAC in sacks with 0.67 per game and fifth in tackles for loss with 0.83 per game. He had 40 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks on the season.
On offense, Johnson (San Dimas, Calif./Damien HS) led the WAC in rushing while ranking second in the country with 158.33 yards per game. He also is tops in the nation in scoring averaging 13.09 points per game and fifth in all-purpose rushing with 151.27 yards per game. He set a Boise State record for single-season rushing despite missing the Utah State game with a partially collapsed lung.
Naanee (Portland, Ore./Franklin HS) led Boise State in receptions (34) and touchdown catches (6), while averaging 15.4 yards per catch and 43.5 yards per game. Schouman (Eagle, Idaho/Eagle HS) was fourth on the team in receptions with 21 for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Schouman, Naanee and Clady (Rialto, Calif./Eisenhower HS) were instrumental in the Broncos finishing the regular season second in the country in scoring, sixth in rushing and 11th in total offense.
Montgomery (Hanford, Calif./Central Christian HS/Reedley JC) led the WAC in field goals and field goal percentage, while finishing third in scoring. He made 13 straight field goals to end the season, including a game-winner at San Jose State as time expired.