Football Announces 2017 Team Awards
Dec. 3, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State football team held its annual banquet Sunday, where team awards for the 2017 season were announced.

Taking home top honors were senior wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (Team MVP), sophomore running back Alexander Mattison (Offensive MVP) and redshirt junior linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (Defensive MVP).

Wilson, who was named the team’s Offensive MVP in 2016, stepped up to earned Team MVP honors in 2017. Wilson was named to the Mountain West First Team earlier this week, and finished the regular season with 1,290 receiving yards on 73 receptions with six touchdowns. Wilson has now had two-straight 1,000-yard seasons, a feat accomplished by only two other Bronco receivers.

Mattison earned Offensive MVP after confidently picked up the mantle of Boise State's No. 1 back, standing at 1,103 rushing yards through the regular season, earning him All-Mountain West Second Team honors. The sophomore has rushed for 12 touchdowns this season and produced four 100-yard games. He has also made an impact in the receiving game, making 28 catches for 284 yards and a score this season.

Vander Esch earned Defensive MVP honors after being named the Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Year and the Defensive MVP of the MW Championship game. The redshirt junior linebacker led the team with 129 tackles (81 total), while collecting three sacks, three interceptions and forcing three fumbles on the season.

Williams earned Special Teams MVP after earning Mountain West Second Team honors as a punt returner/kick returner. On the season he returned 25 punts for a total of 299 yards, averaging 12.0 per return with two touchdowns. He also returned 14 kicks for 348 yards, an average of 24.9 yards per kick return. The redshirt freshman earned Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year honors in 2016.

Hampton earned the team’s Academic Honors & Academic Achievement Award, for his work in the classroom. The redshirt senior was named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given annually to the top scholar-athlete in college football, and to the 2017 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class, for which he earned a $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Hampton has also been voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Football Team for the second-straight year, with a chance to become a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. On the field, Hampton was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team, and won the team’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award.

On the other side of the ball, sophomore nose tackle Sonatane Lui won the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award.

Redshirt senior tight end Jake Roh earned the Lyle Smith “Bleed Blue” Award, a new honor this season. In its first year, the award is given to the Bronco who best represents the legacy of legendary coach Lyle Smith, embodying all the qualities of a true Bronco.

Redshirt senior wide receiver Brock Barr earned the Hammer Award, given to the most unselfish special teams player, as selected by the coaches.

Scout Player of the Year honors went to Daniel Cantrell (offense), Tyreque Jones (defensive) and Roman Kafentzis (special teams).

The team’s Valor Award went to linebacker Gabe Perez, while the Plow Horse Award (strength award) was given to running back Ryan Wolpin.

The Broncos will square off against Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m. MT in Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

A complete list of the Broncos award winners can be found below:

Team Most Valuable Player                                                   Cedrick Wilson
Most Valuable Offensive Player                                             Alexander Mattison
Most Valuable Defensive Player                                            Leighton Vander Esch
Lyle Smith “Bleed Blue” Award                                              Jake Roh
Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award                                 Mason Hampton
Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award                                Sonatane Lui
Special Teams Most Valuable Player of the Year                  Avery Williams
Hammer Award                                                                      Brock Barr
Academic Honors & Academic Achievement Award             Mason Hampton
Plow Horse Award (Strength Award)                                     Ryan Wolpin
Denny Erickson Valor Award                                                 Gabe Perez 
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year                              Daniel Cantrell
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year                             Tyreque Jones
Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Year                      Roman Kafentzis


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