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July 24, 2012

Broncos Picked to Win MW in 2012

LAS VEGAS - The Boise State football team was selected as the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West in 2012, the league announced at its annual media days Tuesday.


In a poll of media members who cover the league, Boise State received 27 of a possible 30 first-place votes. The 296 total points were 52 points clear of second-place Nevada (244).


The Broncos have been picked to win their league in the preseason poll in five-straight years, winning four conference championships during that time.


The complete media poll can be found below:


Rank      Team (First-place Votes)                              Points

1.            Boise State (27)                                              296

2.            Nevada                                                            244

3.            Fresno State (2)                                              231

4.            Wyoming                                                         213

5.            San Diego State (1)                                        173

6.            Air Force                                                         170

7.            Hawai'i                                                             116

8.            Colorado State                                                111

9.            UNLV                                                                63

10.          New Mexico                                                      33          


A league-leading five Broncos were honored with preseason All-Mountain West accolades, including redshirt senior wide receiver Mitch Burroughs, who was named the Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year.


Burroughs ranked first in the MW and eighth-nationally in punt returns last season, averaging 13.3 yards on 18 returns.


Redshirt senior offensive lineman Joe Kellogg and redshirt sophomore wide receiver [Matt Miller garnered preseason all-conference honors on offense, and redshirt senior defensive tackle Mike Atkinson and redshirt senior cornerback Jamar Taylor represented the Broncos on the defensive team.

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