BOISE, Idaho The Sporting News announced its list of outstanding players and coaches for each conference today (Dec. 15) and Boise State University’s Kellen Moore and Chris Petersen were named the Western Athletic Conference’s Freshman and Coach of the Year, respectively.
This is the second time this postseason both have been named to these same award categories. Earlier this month the WAC also named Moore and Petersen as its freshman and coach of the year as voted on by the league head coaches.
Playing his first collegiate season, Moore was the most efficient quarterback in the WAC completing 259 of 370 passes for 3,264 yards, 25 touchdowns and a rating of 161.53. A second-team All-WAC selection, Moore ranks 11th in the nation for passing efficiency and 19th in total offense averaging 270.3 yards per game.
Twice he received WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, and following his performance in the Broncos’ 37-32 win at the University of Oregon he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Bowl Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week.
In his third season directing the Boise State football program, Petersen guided the Broncos to an undefeated regular season (12-0), the team’s sixth WAC Championship in the past seven years and a No. 9 national ranking in all the major college polls. Petersen’s three-year record at Boise State is 35-3 for a .921 winning percentage.
Along with his second league coach of the year award, Petersen is also a finalist for three different national coach of the year awards. In November it was announced he was on the final watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year award, an award he won following the 2006 season. This month he was named a finalist for the Liberty Mutual and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year awards.
Boise State finishes its 2008 season on Dec. 23 (Tuesday) at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The Broncos will face TCU in a 5:01 p.m. (PT) at Qualcomm Stadium.