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All-WAC Football Teams and Players of the Year Announced
Courtesy: WAC
DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference announced its all-WAC teams and coach and players of the year awards as voted upon by the WAC’s nine head coaches.  Boise State led the league with 11 first-team all-WAC honorees, while Fresno State and Nevada placed five on the first team and Hawai‘i had three.  Boise State’s Kellen Moore and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick were named the co-Offensive Players of the Year, Fresno State’s Chris Carter earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, and San Jose State’s Keith Smith was named the Freshman of the Year.  Nevada’s Chris Ault was voted the WAC’s Coach of the Year.
 
Moore, a junior quarterback from Prosser, Wash. (Prosser HS), is second in the nation in passing efficiency with a 185.04 rating.  He has completed 245-of-345 passes for 3,506 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five interceptions in leading the Broncos to an 11-1 record and berth in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22.  As a starter, Moore is now 37-2 in three seasons.  He was named the WAC’s Freshman of the Year in 2008 and was the WAC Offensive Player of the Year last season.  This is Boise State’s fourth WAC Offensive Player of the Year award as running back Brock Forsey won it in 2002 and quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie won it a year later.

Kaepernick, a senior quarterback from Turlock, Calif. (Pittman HS), is second in the WAC in total offense with 308.8 yards per game.  He became the third quarterback in NCAA history to pass for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in a season.  He has thrown for 2,830 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 1,184 yards and 20 scores to rank tied for third in the nation in points reponsible for with 18.5 per game.  He is the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and has tied the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 59 in his career.  Kaepernick has thrown just seven interceptions and has a 154.2 passing efficiency rating.  He was named the WAC’s Freshman of the Year in 2007 and was the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2008.  This is Nevada’s third Offensive Player of the Year award as running back B.J. Mitchell won it in 2005.

Carter, a senior defensive lineman from Fontana, Calif. (Kaiser Fontana), leads the WAC and is seventh in the nation in sacks with 11.0 for a loss of 63 yards on the season.  He is tied for second in the WAC in tackles for loss with 16.5.  He has a total of 55 tackles (32 solo).  He has also forced four fumbles on the year.  Carter has helped lead Fresno State to third in the WAC in total defense. This is Fresno State’s fourth WAC Defensive Player of the Year award as defensive tackle Alan Harper won it in 2001, defensive lineman Garrett McIntyre won it in 2005 and linebacker Marcus Riley won it in 2007.

Smith, a true freshman linebacker from Covina, Calif. (Charter Oak HS), leads San Jose State and is third in the WAC in tackles with 8.9 per game.  He has a total of 116 tackles (60 solo), including 14.0 tackles (4 sacks) for a loss of 44 yards.  This is San Jose State’s first ever WAC Freshman of the Year award.

Ault earned his second WAC Coach of the Year award after leading Nevada to a 12-1 record and a share of its second WAC title.  Ault, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, is in his third stint with the Wolf Pack and has a record of 218-97-1 (.691) in 26 seasons.  Nevada is heading to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Jan. 9, its sixth consecutive bowl game.

A total of 13 first-team all-WAC players were repeat selections from last year: Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis, Boise State wide receiver Titus Young, Hawai‘i wide receiver Greg Salas, Boise State offensive lineman Nate Potter, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, Nevada running back Vai Taua, Boise State defensive lineman Ryan Winterswyk, Fresno State defensive lineman Chris Carter, Nevada defensive lineman Dontay Moch, Fresno State linebacker Ben Jacobs, Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner, New Mexico State defensive back Davon House and Fresno State placekicker Kevin Goessling.  Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a repeat selection from 2008.  Taua and Winterswyk have been named first-team selections three years in a row.

Hawai‘i placed a WAC-high seven players on the second team while Fresno State, Idaho and Nevada had four apiece.
 
Top Individual Awards
Co-Offensive Players of the Year
– Kellen Moore, Jr., QB, Boise State; Colin Kaepernick, Sr., QB, Nevada
Defensive Player of the Year – Chris Carter, Sr., DL, Fresno State
Freshman of the Year – Keith Smith, LB, San Jose State
Coach of the Year – Chris Ault, Nevada

First Team
Offense
Pos-Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
WR-*#Austin Pettis, Boise State, 6-3, 197, Sr.
WR-*Titus Young, Boise State, 5-11, 168, Sr.
WR-*Greg Salas, Hawai‘i, 6-2, 200, Sr.
TE-%Virgil Green, Nevada, 6-5, 240, Sr.
OL-Thomas Byrd, Boise State, 5-11, 279, Jr.
OL-*Nate Potter, Boise State, 6-6, 297, Jr.
OL-%Kenny Wiggins, Fresno State, 6-7, 310, Sr.
OL-%#Rob McGill, Louisiana Tech, 6-6, 310, Sr.
OL-John Bender, Nevada, 6-8, 325, Sr.
QB-*#Kellen Moore, Boise State, 6-0, 186, Jr.
QB-%$Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 6-6, 215, Sr.
RB-Doug Martin, Boise State, 5-9, 212, Jr.
RB-*$Vai Taua, Nevada, 5-10, 220, Sr.

Defense
Pos-Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
DL-Shea McClellin, Boise State, 6-3, 258, Jr.
DL-*$Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State, 6-4, 267, Sr.
DL-*#Chris Carter, Fresno State, 6-2, 230, Sr.
DL-Logan Harrell, Fresno State, 6-2, 275, Jr.
DL-*#Dontay Moch, Nevada, 6-1, 245, Sr.
LB-%Winston Venable, Boise State, 5-11, 218, Sr.
LB-*#Ben Jacobs, Fresno State, 6-3, 225, Sr.
LB-Corey Paredes, Hawai‘i, 5-11, 230, Jr.
LB-*Bobby Wagner, Utah State, 6-1, 230, Jr.
DB-George Iloka, Boise State, 6-3, 207, Jr.
DB-%#Jeron Johnson, Boise State, 5-11, 195, Sr.
DB-Mana Silva, Hawai‘i, 6-1, 220, Sr.
DB-*Davon House, New Mexico State, 6-0, 178, Sr.

Specialists
Pos-Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
PK-*Kevin Goessling, Fresno State, 6-0, 195, Jr.
P-Bobby Cowan, Idaho, 6-5, 220, So.
ST-%$Phillip Livas, Louisiana Tech, 5-8, 175, Sr.

Second Team
Offense
WR-Jamel Hamler, Jr., Fresno State
WR-Kealoha Pilares, Sr., Hawai‘i
WR-Eric Greenwood, Sr., Idaho
WR-Rishard Matthews, Jr., Nevada
TE-Daniel Hardy, Sr., Idaho
OL-Bryce Harris, Jr., Fresno State
OL-Lupepa Letuli, Sr., Hawai‘i
OL-Adrian Thomas, Sr., Hawai‘i
OL-Chris Barker, So., Nevada
OL-Ailao Eliapo, Sr., San Jose State
QB-Bryant Moniz, Jr., Hawai‘i
RB-Alex Green, Sr., Hawai‘i
RB-Lennon Creer, Jr., Louisiana Tech

Defense
DL-%Billy Winn, Jr., Boise State
DL-Kaniela Tuipulotu, Jr., Hawai‘i
DL-%Aaron Lavarias, Sr., Idaho
DL-Matt Broha, Jr., Louisiana Tech
LB-Byron Hout, Jr., Boise State
LB-Travis Brown, So., Fresno State
LB-*Adrien Cole, Jr., Louisiana Tech
LB-%James-Michael Johnson, Jr., Nevada
LB-Keith Smith, Fr., San Jose State
DB-Brandyn Thompson, Sr., Boise State
DB-Desia Dunn, Sr., Fresno State
DB-*&Shiloh Keo, Sr., Idaho
DB-Isaiah Frey, Jr., Nevada
DB-Curtis Marsh, Sr., Utah State

Specialists
PK-Scott Enos, Sr., Hawai‘i
P-Harrison Waid, Fr., San Jose State
ST-Taveon Rogers, Jr., New Mexico State

*2009 First-Team All-WAC Selection
%2009 Second-Team All-WAC Selection
$2008 First-Team All-WAC Selection
#2008 Second-Team All-WAC Selection
&2007 Second-Team All-WAC Selection
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