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December 6, 2007
Rivals.com 2007 All-Western Athletic Team
QB Colt Brennan, Hawaii, Sr., 6-3/196
HIGH SCHOOL: Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
BUZZ: He is third in the nation with 38 TD passes and fourth with 4,174 yards. He is completing 71.4 percent of his passes. He has six 400-yard games ? and two 500-yard games ? this season. He had nine 400-yard games last season.
RB Ian Johnson, Boise State, Jr., 5-11/214
HIGH SCHOOL: San Dimas (Calif.) Damien
BUZZ: He missed two games with injuries but still has rushed for 1,030 yards and 16 touchdowns. His season high point was a 205-yard effort against Nevada. He also has 25 receptions.
RB Luke Lippincott, Nevada, Jr., 6-2/215
HIGH SCHOOL: Salinas (Calif.) Palma
BUZZ: He leads the league with 1,380 yards (115.0 per game) and is second with 15 rushing TDs. He had eight 100-yard games, including 140 against Northwestern, 241 against Utah State, 187 vs. Boise State and 140 against Hawaii.
WR Davone Bess, Hawaii, Jr., 5-10/195
HIGH SCHOOL: Oakland Skyline
BUZZ: Bess is fifth nationally with 101 receptions, good for 1,213 yards and 12 TDs. He had five games with at least 10 receptions this season and three multiple-TD games.
WR Jeremy Childs, Boise State, Soph., 6-0/184
HIGH SCHOOL: Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Childs became the Broncos' go-to receiver this season; he has 82 receptions for 1,045 yards and nine TDs. He had four 100-yard games and three more with at least 80 yards.
WR Ryan Grice-Mullen, Hawaii, Jr., 5-11/179
HIGH SCHOOL: Rialto (Calif.) High
BUZZ: He is sixth nationally with 100 receptions, good for 1,335 yards and 12 TDs. He had four games with at least 10 receptions.
OT John Booker, San Jose State, Sr., 6-4/345
HIGH SCHOOL: Hayward (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Booker, a four-year starter, was the Spartans' offensive line standout this season. He started at guard his first two seasons, started at guard and tackle last season, then was exclusively a tackle this season.
OT Ryan Clady, Boise State, Jr., 6-6/319
HIGH SCHOOL: Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower
BUZZ: Clady is considered one of the best linemen in WAC history and, despite being a junior, is considered a prime tackle prospect for the NFL draft. His work on the line is a prime reason Boise is 10th in the nation in total offense at 475.7 yards per game.
OG Charles Manu, Nevada, Sr., 6-3/300
HIGH SCHOOL: Reno (Nev.) McQueen
BUZZ: Manu is a bull in the middle of a solid Wolf Pack line that paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Luke Lippincott. Nevada leads the league and is 11th nationally in rushing offense at 225.8 yards per game. Manu started at guard in 2005, moved to tackle in '06, then moved back inside this season.
OG Hercules Satele, Hawaii, Sr., 6-2/288
HIGH SCHOOL: Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
BUZZ: Satele, a mauler in the middle of the line, is the Warriors' best lineman and helps keep pass rushers off Colt Brennan. His cousin, Samson, plays for the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
C Ryan Wendell, Fresno State, Sr., 6-2/275
HIGH SCHOOL: Diamond Bar (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Four-year starter was leader of a physical Bulldogs offensive line. Fresno State was second in the league and 16th nationally in rushing offense (204.7 yards per game), and the Bulldogs had 30 rushing TDs.
DE Tyler Clutts, Fresno State, Sr., 6-2/245
HIGH SCHOOL: Clovis (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Clutts had 5.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss among his 57 total tackles, the second-most tackles for a down lineman in the league. He was a high school quarterback and totaled 35 TDs as a senior.
DE Chris Pugh, Louisiana Tech, Sr., 6-3/235
HIGH SCHOOL: Silas (Ala.) Southern Choctaw
BUZZ: Pugh finished with 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss as he used his speed to become an effective edge rusher. He also had 58 tackles (he led the league's down linemen), four quarterback hurries and three pass breakups.
DT Michael Lafaele, Hawaii, Sr., 6-0/302
HIGH SCHOOL: Honolulu Farrington
BUZZ: Lafaele is an absolute load in the middle. While his production doesn't turn heads ? he has 18 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery ? he occupies two blockers on almost every play, enabling Hawaii's active linebackers to get clean shots at opposing runners.
LB Quin Harris, Louisiana Tech, Jr., 6-2/221
HIGH SCHOOL: Visalia (Calif.) Redwood
BUZZ: Harris was steady and consistent all season for the Bulldogs. He had 101 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception, 11 pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
LB Adam Leonard, Hawaii, Jr., 6-0/236
HIGH SCHOOL: Seattle Rainier Beach
BUZZ: Leonard is the Warriors' second-leading tackler, and he also fills up the stat sheet. He has 100 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two sacks, four interceptions, four pass breakups, six quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He returned two interceptions for TDs.
LB Marcus Riley, Fresno State, Sr., 6-0/220
HIGH SCHOOL: Sacramento (Calif.) Elk Grove
BUZZ: Riley has been suburb for the Bulldogs. Going into the Humanitarian Bowl, he has 123 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, an interception (against Hawaii), four pass breakups and three forced fumbles.
LB David Vobora, Idaho, Sr., 6-1/240
HIGH SCHOOL: Eugene (Ore.) Churchill
BUZZ: Vobora led the league with 148 tackles, giving him 282 tackles in the past two seasons. He had double-digit tackle totals in all but two games this season, and finished with an interception (against Hawaii), 6.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
CB Dwight Lowery, San Jose State, Sr., 6-1/185
HIGH SCHOOL: Santa Cruz (Calif.) Soquel
BUZZ: Lowery, a JC transfer, burst on the scene last season with nine picks. He wasn't as productive this season, but that's partly because teams shied away from throwing at his side as often. He still finished with four picks, including one against Hawaii that he returned for a TD, and seven pass breakups to go along with 44 tackles.
CB Myron Newberry, Hawaii, Sr., 5-9/175
HIGH SCHOOL: Denton (Texas) Archbishop Ryan
BUZZ: Newberry, a JC transfer, has four interceptions and eight pass breakups, and has been Hawaii's best defensive back this season. He returned one interception for a TD and also has 51 tackles and a sack.
SS Marty Tadman, Boise State, Sr., 5-11/182
HIGH SCHOOL: Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Tadman was the emotional leader of a solid Broncos defense. He has 83 tackles, two picks and 10 pass breakups. He also was one of the better punt returners in the league.
FS Antonio Baker, Louisiana Tech, Soph., 5-11/200
HIGH SCHOOL: Amite (La.) High
BUZZ: Baker finished the season with 118 tackles, fifth-most in the league. He also had three picks and seven pass breakups.
K Kyle Brotzman, Boise State, Fr. (RS), 5-10/172
HIGH SCHOOL: Meridian (Idaho) High
BUZZ: Brotzman was 15-of-17 on his field-goal attempts, including a 12-of-12 mark from under 40 yards. He also punted part-time, averaging 45.1 yards on 17 kicks, with eight being downed inside the 20.
P Chris Keagle, Louisiana Tech, Jr., 6-0/223
HIGH SCHOOL: Baton Rouge (La.) Bishop Sullivan
BUZZ: Keagle led the league in punting at 41.3 yards per kick, and the Bulldogs are 25th nationally in net punting at 37.0 yards per boot. More than a third of his punts (26 of 76) were downed inside the 20.
KR A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State, Soph., 6-0/180
HIGH SCHOOL: Bakersfield (Calif.) West
BUZZ: Jefferson leads the nation in kickoff-return average, returning 26 for 930 yards (35.8 yards per return). He also took two back for scores, against Utah State and Hawaii.
PR Shiloh Keo, Idaho, Soph., 5-10/175
HIGH SCHOOL: Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murray
BUZZ: Keo, who doubled as a starting cornerback (four picks and four pass breakups), averaged 16.8 yards on 19 returns. He took one back for a TD against Northern Illinois; he is one of four WAC players with a punt-return TD.
ALL-PURPOSE Kevin Robinson, Utah State, Sr., 6-0/192
HIGH SCHOOL: Fresno (Calif.) Hoover
BUZZ: Robinson finished his career as Division I-A's career leader in all-purpose yards per play, with a 16.2-yard average on 401 career plays. This season, he averaged 193.1 yards per game: He had 640 receiving yards (on 55 catches), 1,260 kickoff-return yards, 378 punt-return yards and 39 rushing yards. He led the nation in punt returns (18.9 per return) and was ninth in kickoff returns (29.3 per return). He also scored nine TDs: five on receptions, one on punt returns and three on kickoff returns.