13 Broncos Tabbed All-Mountain West
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Thirteen members of the Boise State football team were named to the 2012 All-Mountain West Teams, the league office announced Tuesday.
Each of the 13 Broncos honored received his first-career all-conference accolade.
Five Broncos were named All-MW First Team, including a league-high four defensive student-athletes: Mike Atkinson (DL), Demarcus Lawrence (DL), J.C. Percy (LB) and Jamar Taylor (DB). Matt Paradis (OL) was named first-team all-league on the offensive side for the Broncos.
Matt Miller (WR), Charles Leno, Jr. (OL), Brenel Myers (OL) and Jerrell Gavins (DB) were named All-MW Second Team, while D.J. Harper (RB), Jeremy Ioane (DB), Tommy Smith (LB) and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (DL) were named honorable mention.
Despite missing the final three games of the regular season, Atkinson, a redshirt senior defensive tackle from Windsor, Ontario, still ranked second amongst Bronco defensive linemen in tackles with 37 (18 solo), including 3.5 for-loss and 1.5 sacks. He started all nine games played, and also intercepted one pass against BYU, returning it 36 yards for the Broncos' winning touchdown.
Lawrence, a redshirt sophomore defensive end from Aiken, S.C., recorded 9.5 sacks during the regular season, leading the Mountain West and ranking tied for 18th-nationally in the statistical category. His 13.5 TFLs led Boise State and ranked tied for first in the MW. Lawrence's 48 tackles (24 solo) led all Boise State defensive linemen, and his four forced fumbles rank tied for sixth-nationally. In 11 starts, he also had one interception, recovered two fumbles - one of which he returned 25 yards for a touchdown - and blocked a kick.
Percy, a redshirt senior linebacker from Blackfoot, Idaho, led the Broncos in tackles this season (101), becoming the first Boise State player to record more than 100 tackles in a season since Korey Hall in 2006. He started all 12 games, averaging 8.42 tackles per game to rank sixth in the MW. He also recorded three tackles-for-loss, one sack, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
Taylor, a redshirt senior cornerback from San Diego, tied for the team high with three interceptions, a mark that ranked tied for fourth in the MW, and led the Broncos with eight pass break-ups. His 47 tackles (29 solo) ranked second amongst Bronco defensive backs, which included 3.5 for-loss and 2.5 sacks. Taylor started each of the Broncos' 12 regular-season games.
Paradis, a redshirt junior center from Council, Idaho, was the leader of an offensive line unit that ranked seventh-nationally in sacks allowed (0.75 per game). He started all 12 games for the Broncos during the regular season.
Miller, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver from Helena, Mont., started 11 of the Broncos' 12 games, and led the team in all three major receiving categories: 60 catches, 679 yards and five touchdowns.
Leno (Oakland, Calif.) and Myers (Houston) were each part of an offensive line unit that ranked seventh-nationally in sacks allowed (0.75 per game). Leno, a redshirt junio, started all 12 games at left tackle, while Myers, a redshirt senior, started each of the final 11 games of the season at right tackle.
Gavins, a redshirt senior cornerback from Miami, played in all 12 games, starting nine. He recorded 29 tackles (15 solo), including one for-loss. He also intercepted two passes, broke up four more and returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown.
Harper, a sixth-year senior running back from Cypress, Texas, became the 12th player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He started all 12 games, and his 15 touchdowns in 2012 are tied for the sixth-most all-time at Boise State.
Ioane, a redshirt sophomore safety from Honolulu, finished second on the team in tackles with 65 (38 solo). He intercepted two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Ioane also broke up two passes, forced a fumble and record two TFLs.
Smith, a redshirt senior linebacker from Atlanta, was the Broncos' third-leading tackler during the regular season, finishing with 55 (32 solo). He recorded four TFLs, a sack and broke up three passes.
Tjong-A-Tjoe, a redshirt junior defensive tackle from Amsterdam, Netherlands, finished third amongst defensive lineman in tackles with 35 (16 solo). He recorded 3.5 for-loss and 1.5 sacks, and added two pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries.
Boise State will play Washington in MAACO BOWL Las Vegas Dec. 22, at 1:30 p.m. (MT).
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