Fresno, CA - FRESNO, Calif. - 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. In all nine Bulldogs were selected to the first or second teams.
Leading the way for the Dogs were student-athletes who were selected first-team All-WAC for the second straight seasons. Senior defensive end Chris Carter was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year, while senior linebacker Ben Jacobs and junior kicker Kevin Goessling were picked. Joining them on the first team were senior offensive tackle Kenny Wiggins and junior defensive tackle Logan Harrell.
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.
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.
Bulldogs on the second team were junior receiver Jamel Hamler and junior offensive tackle Bryce Harris, senior cornerback Desia Dunn and sophomore linebacker Travis Brown. Brown was one of three sophomores on either first or second team, joining Idaho punter Bobby Cowan (first team) and Nevada offensive lineman Chris Barker (second team).
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.
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.
Pos-Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
DL-Shea McClellin, Boise State, 6-3, 258, Jr.
DL-*$Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State, 6-4, 267, Sr.
DL-*#Chris Carter, Fresno State, 6-2, 230, Sr.
DL-Logan Harrell, Fresno State, 6-2, 275, Jr.
DL-*#Dontay Moch, Nevada, 6-1, 245, Sr.
LB-%Winston Venable, Boise State, 5-11, 218, Sr.
LB-*#Ben Jacobs, Fresno State, 6-3, 225, Sr.
LB-Corey Paredes, Hawai`i, 5-11, 230, Jr.
LB-*Bobby Wagner, Utah State, 6-1, 230, Jr.
DB-George Iloka, Boise State, 6-3, 207, Jr.
DB-%#Jeron Johnson, Boise State, 5-11, 195, Sr.
DB-Mana Silva, Hawai`i, 6-1, 220, Sr.
DB-*Davon House, New Mexico State, 6-0, 178, Sr.
PK-*Kevin Goessling, Fresno State, 6-0, 195, Jr.
P-Bobby Cowan, Idaho, 6-5, 220, So.
ST-%$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
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
PK-Scott Enos, Sr., Hawai`i
P-Harrison Waid, Fr., San Jose State
ST-Taveon Rogers, Jr., New Mexico State