The Boise State All-Opponent Football Team

The discussion and debate is over, and all the votes are tabulated. BroncoCountry proudly presents "The Boise State All-Opponent Football Team*"!

Most new Bronco fans and college football fans in general would be surprised to know the level of talent that Boise State has faced over its 46-year history as a four-year school. BroncoCountry spent the spring looking back into Bronco history, nominating, reviewing and discussing some of the great Bronco opponents at each position.

Then this summer, BroncoCountry posters selected the all-time Boise State All-Opponent Team*. Here are the players selected:

The Offense:

Quarterback: Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

(Lost to Boise State 69-67 in four overtimes in 2007, 41-34 in 2008 and 44-33 in 2009 and beat Boise State 34-31 in 2010)

Kaepernick went 740-1,271 (58.22%) passing for 10,098 yards and 82 TD's vs. 24 INT, and added 4,112 rushing yards and 59 TD's in his incredible college career. Kapernick led Nevada in one of the highest-scoring games in NCAA history, a 69-67 four-overtime loss in Boise to Boise State in 2008. The game was instantly tabbed by ESPN as an Instant Classic. Kaepernick was named WAC Freshman of the Year that season.

In 2009, he became the first player in NCAA history to have back-to-back seasons of 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. Kaepernick did it again in 2010. He was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year twice and finished his career as the only player in NCAA history to pass for 10,000 yards and run for 4,000.

Colin was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49'ers. In his brief pro career thus far, Kaepernick has completed 139-223 (62.3%) for 1,849 yards and 10 TD's vs. 3 INT and rushed for 413 yards and 5 scores and led San Francisco to the 2013 Super Bowl

The Quarterback Nominees:

Damon Allen (Fullerton State), Derek Anderson (Oregon State), John Beck (BYU), Colt Brennan (Hawai'i), Brian Brohn (Louisville), Glenn Carano (UNLV), David Carr (Fresno State), Andy Dalton (TCU), Dave Dickenson (Montana), Zac Dysert (Louisiana Tech), Mike Franckowiak (Central Michigan), John Friesz (Idaho), Jason Gesser (Washington State), Bobby Hebert (Northwestern State), Ken Hobart (Idaho), Chase Holbrook (New Mexico), Omar Jacobs (Bowling Green), Matt Jones (Arkansas), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Ryan Leaf (Washington State), Stefan LeFors (Louisville), Jeff Lewis (Northern Arizona), Ryan Lindley (San Diego State), Scott Linehan (Idaho), Jake Locker (Washington), Mike Machurek (Idaho State), Jamie Martin (Eastern Washington), Luke McCown (Louisiana Tech), Matt Moore (Oregon State), Marty Mornhinweg (Montana), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Doug Nussmeier (Idaho), Chris Petersen (UC-Davis), Jake Plummer (Arizona State), Tim Rattay (Louisiana Tech), Chris Redman (Louisville), Matt Ryan (Boston College), D.J. Shockley (Georgia), Kevin Sweeney (Fresno State), Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech), Darron Thomas (Oregon), Seneca Wallace (Iowa State), Erik Wilhelm (Oregon State)

Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma

(Lost to Boise State 43-42 in overtime in the 2007 Fiesta bowl)

Peterson set one NCAA freshman rushing record when he rushed for over 100 yards in each of his first nine games, and set another with 1,925 yards in 2004. He smashed another freshman mark when he posted 11 100-yard rushing performances that season. Peterson was a unanimous First Team All-American and finalist for the Doak Walker Award (honoring the nation's top running back) that season, and became the first freshman to finish runner-up in Heisman Trophy voting (behind USC's Matt Leinart). Peterson was named to the All-Big 12 Team all three seasons despite injuries in the final two. In 2009, Adrian was named to the Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team. Peterson carried 747 times for 4,045 yards (5.4 avg.) with 41 touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 198 yards (8.3) and 1 TD at Oklahoma.

Peterson was drafted after his junior season in the First Round of the 2007 NFL Draft as the seventh overall pick. In his rookie season, Peterson set an NFL record with 296 rushing yards in a game and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Peterson capped his rookie year by being named Most Valuable Player in the Pro Bowl, just the second rookie to accomplish the feat. In 2008, he became just the fifth player in league history to accumulate 3,000 yards rushing after two seasons. In 2012, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards, just nine shy of the all-time mark set by Eric Dickerson. At the end of the season, Adrian was named not only NFL Offensive Player of the Year but also Most Valuable Player.

Peterson has been named to Pro Bowls in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and is thus far a three-time All-Pro. Peterson sports a 5.0 yards-per carry for his career, 25th all-time in the NFL. In his pro career thus far, Adrian has carried 1,754 times for 8,849 yards (5.0) and 76 TD's and hauled in 177 receptions for 1,526 yards (8.6) and four TD's in the NFL. Peterson currently ranks 21st in career rushing touchdowns with 76. He is 33rd in NFL history with 8,849 career yards, and 3rd in rushing yards per game (99.4).

Running Back: Chris Johnson, East Carolina

(Beat Boise State 41-38 in the 2007 Hawai'i Bowl)

Johnson finished 2004 on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. He ranked third in the NCAA in 2007 with 24 touchdowns and fourth with 144 points. Chris made the All- Conference-USA Team in 2006 and 2007 Johnson carried 624 times for 2,982 yards (4.8) and 32 TD's and caught 125 passes for 1,296 yards (10.4) and 10 TD's at Eastern Carolina.

Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009 , was named All-Pro and won the award for NFL Offensive Player of the Year that season. Chris has averaged 4.7 yards a carry thus far in his NFL career, #46 all-time. He ranks 57th in NFL history with 6,888 yards, and is ninth in rushing yards per game with 97.2. All told, Johnson has carried 1,463 times for 6,888 yards (4.7) and 44 TD's in the NFL, and added 230 receptions for 1,658 yards (7.2) and 4 TD's

The Running Back Nominees:

Mike Anderson (Utah), Le'Veon Bell (Michigan State), LaGarrette Blount (Oregon), Leon Burns (Long Beach State), Michael Bush (Louisville), Larry Centers (Stephen F. Austin State), Pat Chaffey (Oregon State), Jesse Chatman (Eastern Washington), Cedric Cobbs (Arkansas), Gary Davis (Cal Poly-SLO), Rodney Davis (Fresno State), Darren Evans (Virginia Tech), DeShaun Foster (UCLA), Louie Giamonna (Utah State), Roland Harper (Louisiana Tech), Frank Hawkins (Nevada), Merril Hoge (Idaho State), Nate Ilaoa (Hawai'i), Howard Jackson (UTEP), Steven Jackson (Oregon State), LaMichael James (Oregon), Chris Johnson (East Carolina), Chance Kretschmer (Nevada), Ryan Matthews (Fresno State), B.J. Mitchell (Nevada), Ryan Moats (Louisiana Tech), Adrian Peterson (Oregon), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State), Robbie Rouse (Fresno State), Sylvester Stamps (Jackson State), Vai Taua (Nevada), Jewerl Thomas (San Jose State and UCLA), Mike Thomas (UNLV), Robert Turbin (Utah State), Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech), David Wilson (Virginia Tech), DeMaundry Woolridge (Idaho)

Wide Receiver: Davone Bess, Hawai'i

(Lost to Boise State 44-41 in 2005 and 41-34 in 2006 and beat Boise State 39-27 in 2007)

In 2005, Bess had 89 receptions, fifth in the nation, and had 14 receiving touchdowns (third). He led the country the following season with 96 catches, was second with 15 receiving TD's, and was eighth in the country with 1,220 receiving yards. In 2007, Bess had 108 catches (5th in the nation), for 1,266 yards (7th) for 12 touchdowns (10th). He was named All-WAC in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Bess ranks 14th in NCAA history with 293 career grabs. In his collegiate career, Bess caught 293 passes for 3,610 yards (12.3) and 41 touchdowns.

Bess was undrafted in 2008, but has caught 321 career passes for 3,447 yards (10.7) and 12 touchdowns in the NFL.

Wide Receiver: Mike Hass, Oregon State

(Beat Boise State 26-24 in 2003 and 30-27 in 2005 and lost 53-34 in 2004)

Hass holds the PAC-10 record with 293 receiving yards against Boise State in 2004. He became the first player in PAC-10 history to have three consecutive 1,000- yard receiving seasons, and just the 10th player in NCAA history to do so In 2005, Hass won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best receiver and was named to three All-America teams, includinq AP and ESPN. Hass finished his collegiate career with 220 receptions for 3,924 yards (17.8) and 20 TD's. He is third in PAC-10 history with 3,924 career receiving yards.

Hass was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, but did not accumulate any statistics.

The Wide Receiver Nominees:

Ed Bell (Idaho State), Eddie Berlin (Northern Iowa), Bernard Berrian (Fresno State), Davone Bess (Hawai'i), Deion Branch (Louisville), Nate Burleson (Nevada), Roger Carr (Louisiana Tech), Austin Collie (BYU), Kevin Curtis (Utah State), Troy Edwards (Louisiana Tech), Danny Farmer (UCLA), Nichiren Flowers (Nevada), Ryan Grice-Mullen (Hawai'i), A.J. Harris (New Mexico State), Mike Hass (Oregon State), Michael Haynes, Northern Arizona, Johnnie Lee Higgins (UTEP), Trumaine Johnson (Grambling), Ashley Lelie (Hawai'i), Phillip Livas (Louisiana Tech), Pete Mandley (Northern Arizona), Lionel Manuel (Pacific), Sam McCullum (Montana State), Freddie Mitchell (UCLA), James Newson (Oregon State), Chad Owens (Hawai'i), Keith Poole (Arizona State), Jason Rivers (Hawai'i), Greg Salas (Hawai'i), Tony Simmons (Wisconsin), Steve Smith (Utah), Robb Thomas (Oregon State), Alex Van Dyke, Boo Williams (Arkansas), Chris Williams (New Mexico State) (Nevada)

Tight End: Bear Pascoe, Fresno State

(Beat Boise State 27-7 in 2005 and lost 45-21 in 2006, 34-21 in 2007 and 61-10 in 2008)

Pascoe was named All-WAC in 2007 and 2008. He had 112 career receptions for 1,294 yards (11.6) and 10 TD's in college.

Pascoe was drafted in the 6th Round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has 26 catches for 252 yards (9.7) and 1 touchdown thus far in his professional career.

The Tight End Nominees:

Rob Awalt (San Diego State), Mike Barber (Louisiana Tech), Orson Charles (Georgia), Chris Cooley (Utah State), Ed Dickson (Oregon) Gavin Escobar (San Diego State), Virgil Green (Nevada), Ron Heller (Oregon State), Garrett Mills (Tulsa), Shawn Nelson (Southern Mississippi), Bear Pascoe (Fresno State), Jason Peters (Arkansas), Leonard Pope (Georgia), Al Pupunu (Weber State), Brian Waters (North Texas)

Center: Max Unger, Oregon

(Lost to Boise State 37-32 in 2008)

Max started all four years for the Ducks, and was a two-time All-PAC 10 selection. He was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Unger immediately won a starting spot on the offensive line and is an All-Pro.

The Nominees for Center:

Guy Bingham (Montana), Jon Dorenbos (UTE), Jim Hough (Utah State), Ben Jones (Georgia), Kory Lichtensteiger (Bowling Green), Ryan Pontbriand (Rice), Larry Rubens (Montana State), Samson Satele (Hawai'i), Max Unger (Oregon), Brian Waters (North Texas), John Yarno (Idaho)

Guard: Mike Iupati, Idaho

(Lost to Boise State 58-14 in 2007, 45-10 in 2008 and 63-25 in 2009)

Iupati was a three-year starter at Idaho, earning All-WAC as a junior and senior. In 2009, Iupati was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, given to the country's top interior lineman, and was a Consensus All-American. He was selected in the First Round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the 17th player chosen. Iupati was named to the All-Rookie team in 2012 and the All-Pro Team in 2012.

Guard: Shawn Andrews, Arkansas

(Beat Boise State 41-14 in 2002)

Andrews started at Arkansas as a freshman and was a two-time All-SEC player. He won the award as the SEC's best blocker two times. Shawn was a Consensus All-American in 2002 and a unanimous All-American in 2003. He won the Jim Parker Trophy as the nation's best offensive lineman in 2003 and was a finalist for both the Lombardi (given to the nation's top lineman or linebacker) and Outland Trophies (given to the nation's top interior lineman).

Andrews was selected in the First Round of the 2004 NFL Draft (16th player chosen), but a broken leg sidelined him for rookie season. In 2005, Andrews started all 16 games and was named to the Pro Bowl. He was a Pro Bowl starter in both 2006 and 2007. In 2010, he started with the Giants and has been a starter ever since.

The Nominees for Guard:

Shawn Andrews (Arkansas), Jon Borchardt (Montana State), Adam Goldberg (Wyoming), Terry Hermeling (Nevada), Mike Iupati (Idaho), Max Jean-Gilles (Georgia), Vince Manuwai (Hawai'i), Dean Miraldi (Utah), Mark Schlereth (Idaho), Jake Scott (Idaho), Kirk Scrafford (Montana), Kevin Shaffer (Tulsa), Jason Spitz (Louisville), Travelle Wharton (South Carolina)

Tackle: Derek Kennard, Nevada

(Lost to Boise State 13-3 in 1981 and 20-13 in 1982 and beat Boise State 38-20 in 1983)

Kennard was a two-time All-Big Sky pick and was honored to be on the Big Sky Conference Silver Anniversary Team. He was drafted in the Second Round of the 1984 NFL Draft, but started out in the USFL. He then made his way to the NFL and made 122 career starts for four NFL teams.

Tackle: Logan Mankins, Fresno State

(Lost to Boise State 35-30 in 2001, 67-21 in 2002 and 33-16 in 2004)

Mankins started all 14 games at tackle as a freshman and was named by The Sporting News to the Freshman All-America Team. He started all 14 games in 2002 and was on the Outland Trophy Watch List, which is awarded annually to the nation's top interior lineman. Logan missed 2003 with a torn ACL but came back in 2004 and did not allow a sack, earning All-WAC honors.

Mankins was drafted in the First Round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was moved to guard and started immediately, opening all 16 games in 2006. Logane was named by Pro Football Weekly to the All-Rookie Team. He started all 16 games the next year, and scored a touchdown when he fell on a loose ball in the end zone of the AFC Championship game. In 2007, he allowed just one sack in 16 games and started in the Pro Bowl. Mankins started all 16 games in 2008 and 2009 and was named to the Patriots' 50th Anniversary Team. He has started in the Pro Bowl ever since and was named a Franchise player in 2011.

The Tackle Nominees: Tony Bergstrom (Utah), Rick Cunningham (Oregon State), Aaron Gibson (Wisconsin), Cordy Glenn (Georgia), Derek Kennard (Nevada), Logan Mankins (Fresno State), Ed Simmons (Eastern Washington), Barry Sims (Utah), Jeremy Trueblood (Boston College)

The Defense:

Defensive Tackle: Fred Dean, Louisiana Tech

(Beat Boise State 38-34 in the NCAA Division II Semi-Finals)

Dean had a spectacular college and professional career. He was one of the only four-time All-Southland players in history (or for that matter, one of the only four-time all-conference players anywhere). Dean helped Tech win the 1973 Division 2 national championship and four consecutive Southland Conference titles. He posted a sensational 392 tackles in his collegiate career, and was named Defensive Player of the conference twice. While Dean was in Ruston, the Bulldogs sported a record of 44-4.

Dean was drafted in the Second Round of the 1975 NFL Draft, and in 1978, Dean had 15 1/2 sacks and in 1979, helped the San Diego defense lead the NFL for fewest points allowed. Dean was All-AFC that year, and All-Pro in 1980. He again cracked double digits in sacks in 1981 with 13 after being traded to San Francisco, and was honored as the 1981 NFC Defensive Player of the Year. He set an NFL record with six sacks in a game while with the 49ers, and helped San Fran win Super Bowls in both 1981 and 1984. In 1983, he had 17 sacks to lead the NFL. In all, Dean played in four Pro Bowls and totaled 93 career sacks in the NFL. In 2008, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in 2009, the College Football Hall of Fame.

Defensive Tackle: Bill Kollar, Montana State

(Lost to Boise State 52-24 in 1971 and 27-17 in 1973, Beat Boise State 37-10 in 1972)

Kollar was dominant in the Big Sky Conference, earning All-Big Sky honors in 1971, 1972 and 1973. When the conference selected their Silver Anniversary Team, Kollar was front and center on the defense. He earned Division II All-America status in 1973, then shocked many when his play in the Senior Bowl all-star game earned him MVP honors. Kollar was drafted in the First Round of the 1974 NFL Draft, the 23rd player selected. Kollar played 109 NFL games with 35 starts.

The Nominees for Defensive Tackle:

Gerald Anderson (Georgia), Tom Burke (Wisconsin), Carter Campbell (Weber State), Fred Dean (Louisiana Tech), Jarron Gilbert (San Jose State), Kedric Golston (Georgia), James Jones (Northern Iowa), John Jurkovic (Eastern Illinois), Bill Kollar (Montana State), Star Lotulelei (Utah), Langston Moore (South Carolina), Amobi Okoye (Louisville), Steven Paea (Oregon State), Garrett McIntyre (Fresno State), B.J. Raji (Boston College), Sam Rayburn (Tulsa), Nick Reed (Oregon), D'Anthony Smith (Louisiana Tech), Isaac Sopoaga (Hawai'i), Esera Tuaolo (Oregon State)

Defensive End: Elvis Dumervil, Louisville

(Beat Boise State 44-40 in the 2004 Liberty Bowl)

Dumervil had 10 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2004, In 2005, Dumervil put together one of the best seasons for a defensive end in NCAA history, when he broke the NCAA single-game sack record (6) and broke the NCAA record for forced fumbles. Dumervil set a new Big East record for sacks, and at the end of the year, was the Big East Player of the Year and unanimous All-American, and won numerous awards, including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (given annually to the nation's best defensive player) and the Ted Hendricks Award, given each year to the nation's top defensive end.

Dumervil was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He had 8.5 sacks his rookie year, then 12.5 in 2007, when he was among the league leaders. In 2009, he alternated between DE and linebacker and led the NFL with 17 sacks. Dumervil was a near-unanimous choice for All-Pro, and was third in balloting for Defensive Player of the Year.

Defensive End: Jared Allen, Idaho State

(Lost to Boise State 62-0 in 2003)

Allen started 33 games for the Bengals, was a three-time All-Big Sky selection, and finished his career with 250 tackles, 38.5 sacks, 73 tackles for losses, seven fumble recoveries, three TD's, 13 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions. Allen was a I-AA All-American his senior year. He won the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive player in I-AA, after recording 17.5 sacks, 102 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, and nine pass deflections in 2003.

Allen was drafted in the Fourth Round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and was named to the All-Pro Team in 2007 after registering 15.5 sacks. In 2008, Allen recorded 14.5 sacks and again was named to the All-Pro Team. Allen also made the All-Pro Team in 2009 and 2012; in the latter he set the single-season franchise record for most sacks by a Viking, with 22 sacks. At the end of the year, Allen fell seven votes shy of winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Allen was ranked #13 in a list of the NFL's Top Players of 2012.

The Nominees for Defensive End:

Jared Allen (Idaho State), Ezekiel Ansah (BYU), Doug Betters (Montana and Nevada), Dorian Boose (Washington State), Chris Carter (Fresno State), Kenyon Coleman (UCLA), Elvis Dumervil (Louisville), Kalimba Edwards (South Carolina), Jerry Hughes (TCU), Charles Johnson (Georgia), Matthias Kiwanuka (Boston College), Les Leininger (Montana State), Charles Mann (Nevada), Dontay Moch (Nevada), Nick Reed (Oregon), Jeff Robinson (Idaho), Bo Schobel (TCU)

Linebacker: Dexter Coakley, Appalachian State

(Boise State beat Appalachian State 17-14 in the I-AA National Quarterfinals.)

Coakley was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, and was not only a three-time All-Southern Conference player, but also three-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time winner of the Southern Conference Athlete of the Year. He set school records of 616 career solo tackles and 764 total tackles, had 95 sacks and 13 interceptions and was the first two-time winner of the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the top I-AA defensive player. In 1995, Coakley helped Appalachian go unbeaten and win the I-AA National Championship. In 2011, Dexter was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Coakley was drafted in Third Round of 1997 NFL Draft and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team that season. He started 141 games in 10 NFL seasons, recorded 764 career tackles, 6 forced fumbles and 6 recoveries, 13 interceptions returned for 274 yards and 4 TD's. Coakley had seven consecutive 100-tackle seasons to set a Dallas franchise record, and was a three-time Pro Bowler in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

Linebacker: Daryl Washington, TCU

(TCU defeated Boise State 17-16 in 2008 and lost 17-10 in 2009.)

Washington was named All-Mountain West Conference and All-American as a senior, and was a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus Award, given annually to nation's top linebacker. He posted 220 career tackles, 20.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.

Daryl was drafted in the Second Round of 2010 NFL Draft. He had 78 tackles his rookie season and was named to the All-Pro Team in 2012. In his career thus far, Washington has 314 tackles in three seasons, with 15 sacks, 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Linebacker: Bobby Wagner, Utah State

(Boise State beat Utah State 49-14 in 2008, 52-21 in 2009, and 50-14 in 2010.)

Wagner made 46 career starts at USU. He was a three-time All-WAC selection, and was WAC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, when he was eighth in the nation with 11.31 tackles per game. Wagner, was seventh in the nation in tackles as a junior with 11.08 per game. He had 445 career tackles in college with 29.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.

Wagner was drafted in the Second Round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He started 15 games last season and was named to the NFL All-Rookie team after making 139 tackles (Seattle rookie record), two sacks, four pass deflections, and returning three interceptions for 55 yards.

The Linebacker Nominees: Mike Caldwell (Middle Tennessee State), Tank Carder (TCU), Quinton Caver (Arkansas), Chris Carter (Fresno State), Dexter Coakley (Appalachian State), Jamie Collins (Southern Mississippi), Solomon Elimimian (Hawai'i), Mark Fellows (Montana State), Tom Hennessey (Idaho), Thomas Howard (UTEP), Mike Humiston (Weber State), Carl Ihenacho (San Jose State), Brandon Johnson (Louisville), Jarvis Jones (Georgia), Brad Kassell (North Texas), Mel Kaufman (Cal Poly-SLO), Travis LaBoy (Hawai'i), Curtis Lofton (Oklahoma), Jerry Lumpkin (Northern Arizona), Gerald McRath (Southern Mississippi), Sam Merriman (Idaho), Caleb Miller (Arkansas), Quentin Moses (Georgia), DeShone Myles (Nevada), Brian Noble (Arizona State), Rick Noel (Idaho State), Brady Poppinga (BYU), Derrick Rodgers (Arizona State), Robert Rodriguez (UTEP), Henry Rolling (Nevada), Richard Seigler (Oregon State), Derek Smith (Arizona State), Pat Tillman (Arizona State), Bobby Wagner (Utah State), Daryl Washington (TCU), Corey Widmer (Montana State), Sam Williams (Fresno State)

Cornerback: Albert Lewis, Grambling

(Boise State defeated Grambling 14-9 in the 1980 I-AA Semi-finals)

Lewis was named All-Southwestern Conference in 1981 and 1982, Grambling statistics are incomplete, but he picked off 7 passes for 86 yards in 1981. Albert was named to the 50th Anniversary All-Time Senior Bowl Team.

Lewis was drafted in the Third Round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Lewis ranked second in the NFL with 8 interceptions in 1985, and 7th with 6 picks in 1993. Sports Illustrated named Lewis "one of the best cornerbacks in league history". Albert was named to the Kansas City 25-Year Team in 1987, and inducted into the Chief Hall of Fame in 2007. He helped Kansas City make the NFL playoffs five times, including a spot in the 1993 AFC Championship. Lewis set an NFL record in 1998 when he returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown, becoming the oldest player (age 38) to have a pick six. He made 189 starts over a sensational 16-year NFL career. He was a four-time Pro Bowl player (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990) and two-time All-Pro. Over his career, Lewis made 189 NFL starts in 16 seasons, played 205 games to rank #102 among all players in NFL history, registered 832 tackles, 123 passes defended, 42 interceptions returned for 403 yards and a touchdown, 1 safety, 12.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles 13 fumble recoveries returned for 30 yards and a touchdown, and blocked 11 kicks.

Cornerback: Everson Walls, Grambling

(Boise State beat Grambling 14-9 in the I-AA National Semifinals.)

Walls was a Division I-AA All-American and four-time All-Southwestern Conference player. Grambling statistics are incomplete, but Walls led the nation as a senior with 11 interceptions (which still stands as a Southwestern Conference record), and helped Grambling to four SWC Championships.

Walls went undrafted, but signed with Dallas. Everson led the NFL in interceptions as a rookie with 11 and made the Pro Bowl his first season!, He was a Four-Time NFL Pro Bowl player (1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985) and Three-Time All-Pro, and holds the Pro Bowl career interception record with 4. Walls was named the AFC Defensive Back of the Year in 1982, and also led the NFL in interceptions in 1982 and 1985, making Walls one of only two players in NFL history to lead the league in picks three times. He led Dallas to the NFL Championship Game in 1982, 1983 and 1985. He then signed with the New York Giants in 1990, and helped New York win Super Bowl XXV when he tackled Thurman Thomas in the open field to prevent a go-ahead touchdown. Giant coach Bill Parcels directed Walls to call the defensive plays throughout the Super Bowl. Walls was named to the 25th Anniversary Dallas Cowboys Team. He made 171 NFL starts in 13 seasons. NFL tackle statistics are incomplete, but Everson finished his career with 57 interceptions (10th in NFL history) returned for 504 yards and a touchdown, and had 5 fumble recoveries.

The Cornerback Nominees:

Brandon Boykin (Georgia), Sheldon Brown (South Carolina), Brandon Browner (Oregon State), Jairus Byrd (Oregon), Darren Carrington (Northern Arizona), Ahmad Carroll (Arkansas), Bernard Ellison (Nevada), Andre Goodman (South Carolina), Jeff Griffin (Utah), Ellis Hobbs (Iowa State), Jayron Hosley (Virginia Tech), Davon House (New Mexico State), Patrick Hunter (Nevada), Tim Jennings (Georgia), Jackie Kellogg (Eastern Washington), Albert Lewis (Grambling), Richard Marshall (Fresno State), Aaron Mitchell (UNLV), Leon McFadden (San Diego State), DeMario Minter (Georgia), Ryan Mouton (Hawai'i), Darryl Pollard (Weber State), Terrence Shaw (Stephen F. Austin), Rayna Stewart (Northern Arizona), Walter Thurmond (Oregon), Desmond Trufant (Washington), Marcus Trufant (Washington State), Everson Walls (Grambling), Kenny Wright (Northwestern State)

Safety: Brian Urlacher, New Mexico

(Lost to Boise State 20-9 in 1999)

Urlacher played as a nickelback in college, and led the nation with 178 tackles as a junior. In his senior year, Brian was named as a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate defensive back, and finished 12th in balloting for the Heisman Trophy,. He was named All-American in both his junior and senior years.

Urlacher was drafted in the First Round of 2000 NFL Draft (9th player chosen), and has played linebacker in his NFL career. In 2000, he was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and in 2005, was named Defensive Player of the Year. In 2007, Urlacher had 5 interceptions, 9th in the NFL. He was named to the NFL All-2000's Team by both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Reference. Urlacher has played in 8 Pro Bowls and has been named to the All-Pro Team four times. In 13 seasons so far, Brian has made 1,358 tackles, with 41.5 sacks, 85 pass deflections, 22 interceptions returned for 324 yards and 2 touchdowns, 11 forced fumbles and 15 recoveries returned for 177 yards and a touchdown.

Safety: Eric Weddle, Utah

(Boise State defeated Utah 36-3 in 2006)

Weddle started nine games at cornerback as a freshman and was named to the Freshman All-America Team. He played both cornerback and safety at Utah. In 2005, Brian was All-Mountain West Conference and Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. In 2006, he was All-MWC, MWC Defensive Player of the Year, and a Consensus All-American. Weddle finished his collegiate career with 277 tackles, 10 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, 23 pass deflections, 18 interceptions returned for 148 yards, 9 forced fumbles and 6 recoveries.

Eric was drafted in the Second Round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He picked off 7 passes in 2011 to lead the NFL and was named All-Pro. In his career thus far, Weddle has made 77 NFL starts, with 536 tackles, 5 sacks, 49 pass deflections, 16 interceptions returned for 252 yards and 3 TD's, 2 forced fumbles and 3 recoveries.

The Safety Nominees:

Marques Anderson (UCLA), Greg Blue (Georgia), Patrick Chung (Oregon), Ken Hamlin (Arkansas), Duke Ihenacho (San Jose State), Dwight Lowery (San Jose State), Brock Marion (Nevada), Paul Moyer (Fullerton State), Willie Offord (South Carolina), Sabby Piscitelli (Oregon State), Kerry Rhodes (Louisville), Jason Simmons (Arizona State), Lamont Thompson (Washington State), Brian Urlacher (New Mexico), T.J. Ward (Oregon), Eric Weddle (Utah), David Whitmore (Stephen F. Austin State), Duke Williams (Nevada), Shawn Williams (Georgia

Punter: Matt Payne, BYU

(Boise State defeated BYU 50-12 in 2003 and 28-27 in 2004)

Payne punted 51 times for 2,427 yards in 2002 to lead the nation with a 47.6 average, punted for a 44.0 average in 2003 and was fifth nationally in 2004 with a 45.3 average. He punted 192 times in his career for 8,713 yards (45.4 average), set a Mountain West record with 45.4 career punting average, which is third in NCAA history. Payne was undrafted in the NFL.

The Punter Nominees:

Ryan Allen (Louisiana Tech), Leo Araguz (Stephen F. Austin), T.J. Conley (Idaho), Bobby Cowan (Idaho), Case DeBruijn (Idaho State), Matt Dodge (East Carolina), Toby Gowin (North Texas), Mike Horan (Long Beach State), Josh Hubner (Arizona State), Eddie Johnson (Idaho State), Robert Malone (Fresno State), Mat McBriar (Hawai'i), Steve Mullins (Utah State), Sam Paulescu (Oregon State), Matt Payne (BYU), Jackson Rice (Oregon), Sean Sellwood (Utah)

Placekicker: Rolf Benirschke, UC-Davis

(Boise State defeated UC-Davis 32-31 in 1973 and 41-20 in 1974)


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