BOISE, Idaho - The Western Athletic Conference announced its' 2009 postseason football awards, Monday (Dec. 7), which were highlighted by Bronco quarterback Kellen Moore being named WAC Offensive Player of the Year and Head Coach Chris Petersen earning the WAC Coach of the Year honor.
Moore, a sophomore from Prosser, Wash. (Prosser HS), helped lead Boise State to its' second consecutive undefeated regular season in 2009, completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 3,325 yards and 39 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Moore broke the Boise State single season touchdown pass record, which was previously set by Bart Hendricks in 2000 (35). He currently leads the nation in pass efficiency rating (167.35) and is second in TD throws.
Coach Petersen earned his second consecutive WAC Coach of the Year honor after also winning the award in 2008. It is his second in just four years at the helm at Boise State. In his four seasons, Petersen has guided the Broncos to a 48-4 overall record, including three undefeated regular seasons and two BCS bowl appearances.
Aside from the top individual awards, Boise State also took home the most all-conference honors (11) of any WAC team as seven Broncos were named first-team All-WAC and another four garnered second-team All-WAC honors. Fresno State and Nevada earned the next most all-conference honors, each with 10.
Boise State had four offensive players named first-team All-WAC. The Broncos were led by Moore (QB), junior wide receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young and sophomore offensive lineman Nate Potter. This marks the first time any of these four players have been named first-team All-WAC. Moore and Pettis were second-team All-WAC in 2008.
The Broncos also earned two first-team All-WAC honors on defense with junior defensive end Ryan Winterswyk and senior defensive back Kyle Wilson. Both Winterswyk and Wilson were also named first-team all-conference in 2008. In 2007 Wilson was named second-team All-WAC. Rounding out the group of first-team All-WAC honorees was Young, who was also named first-team All-WAC as a specialist.
Boise State filled four spots on the All-WAC second-team as well, with one offensive and three defensive selections. Junior running back Jeremy Avery was the lone offensive player selected for Boise State. He was joined by sophomore defensive lineman Billy Winn, junior linebacker Winston Venable and junior defensive back Jeron Johnson. Johnson was also voted second-team All-WAC in 2008.