Nevada Tops In First Team Honors

By: Eric Sperling
By: Eric Sperling

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.
Nevada led the league with six first-team all-WAC honorees, while Boise State placed five on the first team and Hawai‘i and Louisiana Tech each placed four.
Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick was named the Offensive Player of the Year, Hawai‘i’s Solomon Elimimian and San Jose State’s Jarron Gilbert shared Defensive Player of the Year honors, and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was named the Freshman of the Year. Boise State’s Chris Petersen was voted the WAC’s Coach of the Year.
Kaepernick leads the WAC in total offense with 299.5 yards per game and is tied for the WAC lead in touchdowns scored with 16. He has thrown for 2,479 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for 1,115 yards and 16 scores to rank tied for 10th in the nation in points reponsible for with 17.5 per game. He is the fifth different player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in a season. Kaepernick has thrown just five interceptions and has a 132.4 passing efficiency rating. He was named the WAC’s Freshman of the Year last season. This is Nevada’s second Offensive Player of the Year award as running back B.J. Mitchell won it in 2005.

Here's the complete all-WAC selections:

Top Individual Awards

Offensive Player of the Year – Colin Kaepernick, So., QB, Nevada
Co-Defensive Players of the Year – Solomon Elimimian, Sr., LB, Hawai‘i and Jarron Gilbert, Sr., DT, San Jose State
Freshman of the Year – Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Coach of the Year – Chris Petersen, Boise State

First Team

Offense
Pos Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
WR *Jeremy Childs, Boise State, 6-0, 196, Jr.
WR Marko Mitchell, Nevada, 6-4, 200, Sr.
WR %$Chris Williams, New Mexico State, 5-8, 157, Sr.
TE Eddie Williams, Idaho, 6-1, 249, Sr.
OL Andrew Woodruff, Boise State, 6-2, 320, Sr.
OL Bobby Lepori, Fresno State, 6-5, 290, Sr.
OL *John Estes, Hawai‘i, 6-2, 290, Jr.
OL %Adam Korby, Idaho, 6-2, 292, Sr.
OL *#Dominic Green, Nevada, 6-3, 295, Sr.
QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 6-6, 215, So.
RB Daniel Porter, Louisiana Tech, 5-9, 189, Jr.
RB Vai Taua, Nevada, 5-10, 225, So.

Defense
Pos Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
DL Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State, 6-4, 258, So.
DL D’Anthony Smith, Louisiana Tech, 6-2, 292, Jr.
DL Kevin Basped, Nevada, 6-6, 240, So.
DL %Jarron Gilbert, San Jose State, 6-6, 280, Sr.
LB Ellis Powers, Boise State, 5-10, 200, Sr.
LB *Solomon Elimimian, Hawai‘i, 6-0, 220, Sr.
LB *#Adam Leonard, Hawai‘i, 6-0, 235, Sr.
LB Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State, 6-1, 200, So.
DB %Kyle Wilson, Boise State, 5-10, 185, Jr.
DB Ryan Mouton, Hawai‘i, 5-10, 180, Sr.
DB *Antonio Baker, Louisiana Tech, 5-11, 200, Jr.
DB %Christopher Owens, San Jose State, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Specialists
Pos Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
PK Brett Jaekle, Nevada, 6-4, 210, Sr.
P T.J. Conley, Idaho, 6-3, 216, Sr.
ST Phillip Livas, Louisiana Tech, 5-8, 170, So.

Second Team

Offense
WR Austin Petts, So., Boise State
WR Michael Washington, Sr., Hawai‘i
WR David Richmond, Sr., San Jose State
TE *Bear Pascoe, Sr., Fresno State
OL Andrew Jackson, So., Fresno State
OL Mike Iupati, Jr., Idaho
OL Rob McGill, So., Louisiana Tech
OL Alonzo Durham, Jr., Nevada
OL Mike Gallett, So., Nevada
OL Richie Bolin, Sr., New Mexico State
OL Brennan McFadden, Jr., Utah State
QB Kellen Moore, Fr., Boise State
RB *$Ian Johnson, Sr., Boise State
RB #@Yonus Davis, Sr., San Jose State

Defense
DL Mike T. Williams, Sr., Boise State
DL *David Veikune, Sr., Hawai‘i
DL Keala Watson, Sr., Hawai‘i
DL Dontay Moch, So., Nevada
DL Carl Ihenacho, Jr., San Jose State
LB Chris Carter, So., Fresno State
LB Ben Jacobs, So., Fresno State
LB Justin Cole, Jr., San Jose State
LB %Jake Hutton, Jr., Utah State
LB Paul Igboeli, Jr., Utah State
DB Jeron Johnson, So., Boise State
DB Moses Harris, Jr., Fresno State
DB Derrick Richardson, Sr., NMSU
DB Coye Francies, Sr., San Jose State

Specialists
PK Tino Amancio, Sr., Idaho
P *Chris Keagle, Sr., Louisiana Tech
P Brad Langley, So., Nevada
ST Kyle Wilson, Jr., Boise State


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