Senior quarterback Kellen Moore was one of seven Boise State stars who were named to the preseason All-Mountain West football team announced at the conference Media Days in Las Vegas this week.
Moore was also tabbed as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year, an award he figures to take home at the end of the season as well. Moore has already broken nearly every passing record at Boise State and is poised to finish his career with multiple NCAA records as well, likely to include career wins. He was named a 1st team All-American in 2010.
He is joined on the first team offense by senior running back Doug Martin and offensive linemen Nate Potter and Thomas Byrd. All four were WAC 1st team selections at the end of the 2010 season.
The defensive representatives for the Broncos include a pair of senior defensive linemen, Billy Winn and Shea McClellin. Senior safety George Iloka represents the Bronco secondary.
Air Force, San Diego State and TCU all placed four players on the 25-man team. Linebacker Tank Carder of TCU was selected as the unanimous choice for Defensive Player of the Year.
It is clear that Mountain West media think highly of the newest league member and it would surprise nobody if more Broncos were on the team at the end of the year.
Tight end Kyle Efaw, defensive end Tyrone Crawford and linebacker Byron Hout are a few other names who seem likely to challenge for all-Conference honors.
While Moore lost his record-setting receiving tandem in Austin Pettis and Titus Young, he returns a slew of young, talented receivers and figures to be able to complete his career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in NCAA history.
Senior Tyler Shoemaker, freshmen Matt Miller and Troy Ware as well as returning sophomores Kirby Moore and Geraldo Boldewijn figure to give the quarterback several options to distribute the ball now that two key cogs in the Bronco passing game of the past four seasons have moved on. Also back are juniors Chris Potter and Mitch Burroughs, sophomore Aaron Burks and they will be joined by exciting freshman Dallas Burroughs.
The Broncos, not surprisingly, were also selected as the favorites to win the conference in a season that saw the league lose Utah and BYU. TCU will also challenge for the title with a lot of young talent returning however they have to replace quarterback Andy Dalton and 24 other seniors from the Rose Bowl champion team of 2010.
The path to a 3rd consecutive conference championship in their final season in the Mountain West became more difficult when the conference moved their showdown with Boise State, originally scheduled for Fort Worth, to Bronco Stadium. The mini-rivals, who met in bowl games following the 2003, 2008 and 2009 seasons will only face each other once in the new Mountain West conference before the Horned Frogs leave for the Big East in the 2012 season.