Since we previewed all of the Western Athletic Conference football teams this summer, you can't do that without choosing an All-WAC team; that's half the fun!
All-WAC Football Team
QB—Kellen Moore, Junior
RB—Vai Taua, Senior,
RB—Doug Martin, Junior,
OL—Andrew Jackson, Senior,
OL—Rob McGill, Senior,
OL—Kenny Wiggins, Senior,
OL—John Bender, Senior,
TE—Virgil Green, Senior,
TE—Kyle Efaw, Junior,
WR—Greg Salas, Senior,
DE—Ryan Winterswyk, Senior,
DL—Dontay Moch, Senior,
DL—Billy Winn, Junior,
DL—Chris Carter, Senior,
DL—Matt Broha, Junior,
LB—Ben Jacobs, Senior,
LB—James-Michael Johnson, Junior,
DB—Davon House, Senior,
DB—Duke Ihenacho, Senior,
DB—Brandyn Thompson, Senior,
DB—Jeron Johnson, Senior,
DB—Mana Silva, Senior,
PK—Kevin Goessling, Junior,
P—Peter Caldwell, Senior,
PR—Phillip Livas, Senior,
KR—Titus Young, Senior,
Big bad John
Bender (6-8, 325, Sr.) anchors the line at the strongside guard.
Bender presents an immovable wall in the middle of the
Wiggins (6-7, 310, Sr.) was a second-team All-WAC player.
Wiggins is tall and relentless in flattening his man on the line of
scrimmage. He exhibits great footwork and agility and is a reliable pass
Jackson (6-5, 295, Sr.) was an All-WAC performer at right guard.
He was a key reason why running back Ryan Matthews was so successful
(leading the nation in rushing).
Rob McGill (6-6, 310, Sr.)
was a Second-Team All-WAC selection for the second consecutive season last year.
McGill has the muscle to create holes and is steady in the passing game
as well. He anchors the Louisiana Tech offensive line.
QB—Kellen Moore, Junior,
Moore, a coach's son, has
great football knowledge and instincts and is an avid film room junkie.
He has good form and pocket presence and is able to alter his throws to
Taua ran for 1,345 yards on just 172 carries (7.8 average) with 10 trips to the
end zone despite missing three games with injury.
Taua (5-10, 220, Sr.) is explosive to the hole and has surprising speed.
The star back had 10 games of over 100 yards rushing.
Look for him to be used out of the backfield as a receiver more this
RB—Doug Martin, Junior,
Martin doesn't mess around--he runs north and south and doesn't care who is in his way. He gets the tough inside yards with strong legs that are always moving. Named as the Bronco starter this week, Martin is poised for a breakout season.
Green (6-5, 240) is a great fit for the Pistol.
The senior-to-be earned second-team All-WAC honors after catching 23
passes for 260 yards and five touchdowns. Plus,
he is a dead-on blocker, both for the running game and for other receivers.
shows great instincts in getting open and has good communication with
Carter (6-2, 230, Sr.) had five sacks last year but, as the leader of the
defensive line, that total needs to double.
Carter has good speed and quickness, getting 13 tackles for loss last
Moch (6-1, 245) is as fine a pass rusher as they've seen in
DL—Billy Winn, Junior,
Winn has great athletic
ability and shows great quickness for a tackle, especially one that is 290
pounds. He is a natural-born
football player who has great instincts and drive.
Winn blossomed in 2009, becoming a consistent force in opponents'
Winterswyk has constantly
improved in his career. He shows
relentless pursuit and became a monster in 2009.
Ryan is resilient; you can't ever count him out on a play because of
his unstoppable motor. He is
explosive, ornery and disruptive. Winterswyk
studies film intently, works hard in the weight room and is a fast, physical
presence on the field.
Cole became the leader of
the defense last season making 93 tackles, four for loss, with two sacks from
his middle linebacker position. Cole
received All-WAC honors for his performance.
Cole is a fierce hitter and moves well but could play on the strong side
he is a hybrid "nickel back", playing both linebacker and defensive back, he
deserves a place on the team somewhere. Venable
is in the perfect position because he plays both the run and pass well.
He follows his instincts to always be around the ball and is a sure
tackler and fierce hitter. He excels
in coverage, getting the first score against
Jacobs (6-3, 225, Sr.) leads by example.
The WAC all-star has great range, size (6-3, 225), and playmaking
ability. He is among the best linebackers in the country, making 106 tackles
last year with 8 for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 3 recoveries and an interception.
Jacobs had 60 solo stops in 2009. He
has good speed, great instincts and an ability to get to the ball carrier.
Athletic Conference cornerback Davon House (6-0, 190) is back. House led the WAC
in passes defended and broke a school record for most interception return yards
for a career. House had 68 tackles, three picks, 13 pass breakups and two
touchdowns last season; he could be the best cover corner in the conference.
Ihenacho (6-1, 210) will be counted on for senior leadership in the
secondary from his strong safety position. With
187 tackles, six interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 30 career starts,
Ihenacho is a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection, and as
reliable a tackler as they come. He
has great instincts and is a huge hitter who will play at the next level.
is one of the hardest hitters ever to play for the Broncos, but it is his
instincts that direct him to the action and his sturdy, dependable play that
makes him an easy choice for the all-conference team.
The impact of Johnson's hits no doubt are still felt by those which he
laid the wood to.
(6-1, 220, Sr.) had a league-high six interceptions and was fourth on the
defense with 74 tackles despite missing four games with an injury.
Silva, who started his career at
Junior placekicker Kevin
Goessling has been superb, hitting 15-of-22 field goals (including a
58-yarder) as a freshman and 15-16 last season.
Goessling was an easy choice for the WAC first team last year and could
be a Lou Groza Award contender.
Peter Caldwell very well could handle both punting and placekicking this fall.
He managed both two years ago before concentrating solely on punting last
year, leading the WAC at 42.2 yards per attempt.
He showed a knack for pinning opposing offenses with 27 punts landing
inside the 20.