As expected, head football coach Chris Petersen stormed to
victory in BroncoCountry’s annual Bronco Coach of the Year award.
Petersen, who is the only coach to win the Paul “Bear” Bryant
National Coach of the Year honor twice, captured 70.9% of the vote in winning
his third honor from BroncoCountry.
It wasn’t as if the other
coaches hadn’t enjoyed tremendous seasons.
Steve Lucas (soccer), Kristin Hill (swimming and diving) and Mark
Tichenor (women’s tennis) all led their teams to Western Athletic Conference
Rather, Petersen’s achievements stand alone in setting a
high standard for other Bronco coaches to match.
It is not enough to merely win a conference championship to win this
award. Your staff must be second to
none and your student-athletes amongst the finest in the nation.
As the football team has shown, its members are recognized nationally
year after year with All-America awards and go on to be some of the finest at
their position in the professional ranks.
BroncoCountry tabbed Petersen last year as well as in the
2006-07 season as Bronco Coach of the Year.
In both seasons, Coach Pete and the Broncos were undefeated in the
regular season and they downed
43-42 in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl to finish the season as the nation’s only
fall, Petersen led
’s football team to a
perfect 14-0 record, including a 17-10 victory over #3 TCU in the 2010 Fiesta
Bowl. It was the second time that
Petersen and the Broncos won the Fiesta Bowl in four seasons.
The 14 wins not only set a school record but were (along with
) the most by any team in
the nation since
did it in 2001.
not only was named WAC Coach of the Year but became the first college coach in
history to win the prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award for National Coach
of the Year. Petersen also won the
Bryant Award in 2006. Coach Petersen
also was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award.
was undefeated in the
regular season for the third time in four years.
Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin was named as one of five finalists for the
Broyles Award given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
high-powered offense once again led the nation in scoring, tied with
at 42.2 points per game.
was 26th in
rushing (186.07 yards per game), 29th in passing (264.14 ypg), and
10th in total offense (450.21 ypg). The
Broncos paced the country with just five sacks allowed.
ranked 28th in
rushing defense (120.36 ypg), 21st in passing defense (179.86 ypg),
14th in total defense (300.21 ypg) and also 14th in
scoring defense (17.14 ppg).
led the WAC in scoring,
scoring defense, passing defense, total defense, kickoff returns (26.6 ypg) and
interceptions with 24.
Kellen Moore and the Broncos set NCAA records for the lowest interception ratio
led the nation in passing
efficiency most of the season before finishing second to
’s Tim Tebow.
finished with a rating of
161.7. Cornerback Brandyn Thompson
finished the season #19 in the country in interceptions with six.
Titus Young was 20th in the nation in kickoff returns with a
26.87 average. Kyle Brotzman led
the WAC with 117 points and in field goals with 18.
was one of 15 players
named to the Watch List for the Walter Camp Award for National Player of the
Year and was also one of 10 finalists for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Manning
Award. The Manning Award, which is
named in honor of the accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning,
recognizes the top college quarterback each season from the FBS.
Kyle Wilson was named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
was named first team
All-America by SI.com and CBSSports.com and was a third-team All-American on
the Associated Press team.
was named to the second
team by both the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Titus Young was an honorable mention selection of SI.com.
tossed a school-record 39
touchdown passes against only three interceptions and completed 64.8% of his
passes (254-392) for 3,325 yards.
recorded 40 tackles (28
unassisted) and three interceptions, including two returns for touchdowns.
Young averaged 27.8 yards per return and returned two kickoffs for
was voted as the WAC
Offensive Player of the Year to lead
’s 11 All-WAC selections.
Junior wide receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young and sophomore
offensive lineman Nate Potter joined
as first-team All-WAC
members. Two members of
’s top defense in the
conference were honored—junior defensive end Ryan Winterswyk and senior
defensive back Kyle Wilson. Young
was also chosen All-WAC as a kickoff returner.
Running back Jeremy Avery, defensive lineman Billy Winn, linebacker
Winston Venable and defensive back Jeron Johnson were selected to the WAC’s
sent another First Round draft choice to the National Football League when
cornerback Kyle Wilson was chosen by the New York Jets.
Bronco football team’s fortunes appear to be headed upward rather than down in
coming years, so if another Boise State coach is to unseat Petersen in this
annual award, they will have to match or exceed his national success of being
ranked in the top five.
Congratulations to Coach Pete, once again the Bronco
Coach of the Year!