Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vote for the 2011-2012 Bronco Men's Athlete of the Year

The final poll to determine the 2011-2012 Bronco Men's Athlete of the Year is underway.  Review the accomplishments of these outstanding nominees and then vote in the poll at the top left-hand side of the web site!

Kurt Felix
Felix began the year winning the Jackson's Open long jump with a mark of 23-feet, 6.25 inches and took the high jump at the Blue and Orange Opener with a leap of 6-10.25.

Kurt won the high jump (6-10.25) and the long jump (24-6.50) at the Bronco Classic.  At the final tune-up before the Mountain West Indoor Championships, the Boise State Team Challenge, Felix won the heptathlon with 5,771 points, more than 300 better than his nearest challenger.

Felix won the heptathlon at the Mountain West Indoor Championships with 5,703 points, 295 more than the second-place finisher.  Felix was first among heptathletes in the 60-meter dash, the shot put, the long jump and the high jump and was second in the 60-meter hurdles.  

Kurt finished second in the long jump with a mark of 24-7.25 and was third in the high jump (6-10.25) and the triple jump (49-9.75).  Felix was named the Mountain West Outstanding Performer and the Top Point Performer after scoring 30 team points for the Broncos.

Kurt qualified for the National Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho in the heptathlon, and was fourth in the nation with two events remaining--the pole vault and the 1,000 meters.  Felix's hopes were dashed when did not clear a height in the pole vault.  He did finish ninth in the long jump with a seasonal best of 24-feet, 10 inches.

Felix and the Broncos moved outdoors, and Kurt proved he was going to be a factor in the decathlon from the beginning.  In the first meet, the Texas Relays, Felix finished fourth in the event with 7,921 points.  Felix improved that score with 7,952 points to win the decathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays.  

Felix won the decathlon at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 7,757 points winning the long jump, the high jump, the shot put, the 400-meters and the javelin portions of the competition.   Felix also won the javelin throw with a mark of 207-feet, 3-inches, finished fifth in the high jump (6-6.75) and ninth in the long jump with a mark of 22-10.

Felix automatically qualified for the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the decathlon.  In third place with two events to go, Felix threw the javelin 227-feet, 6-inches to earn 880 points and take the lead by 147 points over Florida State's Gonzalo Barroilhet.  Felix had 7,400 points after nine events to 7,253 for Barroilhet and 7,233 for Romaine Martin of Texas-Arlington.  The final event was the grueling 1,500-meter run.  Felix crossed the finish line with a superb time of 4:42, seven seconds shy of his personal best.

That gave Felix a school record 8,062 points and he captured the national championship.  Kurt will represent his native country of Grenada in the Summer Olympics in London.

Damian Hume

Hume competed in four tournaments during the fall, going 13-4 in singles.  He was 4-1 in singles play at the All-American Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, advancing to the round of 32.  Damian won the ITA Mountain Regional Championship in Las Vegas in October, going 7-0.  Hume defeated Jadon Phillips of New Mexico 6-1, 6-3 in the championship game.  Damian advanced to the ITA National Indoor Tennis Championship at New York City, where he was 0-2.  Hume lost to #20 Alex Musialek of Kentucky, 6-0, 6-7, 6-3 and #16 Daniel Nguyen of USC 6-3, 6-4. 

Hume and the Broncos moved to the Spring, and Damian did his part in the Blue-Gray tournament against #21 Tennessee.  He defeated Tennessee's Brandon Fickey 6-2, 6-1 but unfortunately none of his Bronco teammates followed suit and Boise State lost 4-1.

In a match with Arizona of the PAC-12, Hume and his doubles partner Scott Sears won 7-6 (7-2) and Damian defeated Giacomo Miccini of Arizona in singles, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (10-4), as the Broncos had no trouble in a 7-0 victory.  Hume helped Boise State win the Spring Break Classic 6-1 over UAB.  Hume & Sears won their doubles match 8-6 to secure the doubles point for the Broncos, then defeated David Zimmerman in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.  

Hume was selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week after going 3-1.  He defeated J.T. Sundling of TCU 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 after teaming with Sears to win the doubles match 9-8 (7-3).  Hume also defeated Ben Dunbar of New Mexico 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Hume and Sears fell in their doubles match in the Mountain West semifinals 8-3 and Hume's singles match was unfinished when Boise State clinched the team victory 4-0.  In the conference championship game, Hume and Sears lost 8-6 to Nick Chappell and Will Stein of TCU and Damian's singles match was unfinished with Damian leading 7-5, 5-3 when the Broncos clinched the championship 4-0.

Hume and Sears were named All-Mountain West in doubles as the duo had an 8-4 record.  Hume was an amazing 17-2 in duals this season, including a perfect 5-0 conference season.  Hume finished the year as the highest-ranked Bronco player at #69.

Boise State automatically qualified for the NCAA National Tennis Championships and the Broncos were sent all the way to Atlanta, Georgia for the opening round.  Boise State won the doubles point and Hume helped the Broncos get off to a 3-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Florida State's Blake Davis in singles.  However, FSU won the remaining three singles matches to eliminate Boise State 4-3.

Doug Martin

Martin started 12 games for Boise State at halfback and played in all 13 games for the Bronco football team.

Martin had 1,299 rushing yards last fall, fourth-most in Boise State history.  His 263 carries rank third in the single-season list and Martin's 16 rushing touchdowns also rank third all-time.  Doug averaged 99.92 rushing yards per game, second in the Mountain West and 23rd nationally.  His scoring average of 8.77 points per game was also second in the MW and 23rd in the country.

Doug had seven 100-yard rushing games and rushed 20 times for a career-high 200 yards against Colorado State.  Martin was chosen as Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against the Rams.  Martin's 36 carries against San Diego State are tied for second-most in school history.  

Martin also had 28 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.    Doug had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl, as Martin had a school-record 301 all-purpose yards (151 rushing, 26 receiving and 124 on kickoff returns) against the PAC-12 team.  

Martin had 10 kickoff returns last fall for 338 yards and the touchdown, an average of 33.8 per return.  Doug had 145.54 all-purpose yards per game to rank 20th in the nation.

Martin was named to the All-Mountain West football team.

Shea McClellin

McClellin started in all 13 games for Boise State and had 50 tackles, third-most on the Broncos.  Shea led the team with seven sacks and was second with 12.5 tackles for loss.  McClellin also intercepted two passes, deflected two passes, forced a fumble and blocked a kick.  He was sixth in the Mountain West in both sacks and tackles for loss.  McClellin was named to the All-Mountain West team.

Kellen Moore

Moore started all 13 games for Boise State, completing 326-439 passes for 3,800 yards and 43 touchdowns against just nine interceptions.  Moore led the nation in passing percentage (74.3%) and was third in passing efficiency (175.19) with the 16th-best mark in NCAA history.  Kellen set school records for single-season completions and touchdown passes.  He was second in the nation in TD passes and also established a Mountain West record.  

Kellen was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week four times.  He had multiple touchdown passes in 26 consecutive games, finishing the season with the longest active streak in the nation.  Moore's games against  and Colorado State (26-30, .867), New Mexico (28-33, .849) and Georgia (28-34, .824) rank fourth, sixth and ninth, respectively, on Boise State's all-time single-game completion percentage list.  Moore's games against Colorado State and New Mexico are the two highest single-game performances of any Bronco quarterback with over 30 attempts.  

Moore was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Mountain West and honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press.  The Touchdown Club of Columbus named him as the nation's best quarterback for the second straight year, and announced that the award would now be called "The Kellen Moore Award".

Moore broke Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's record of 45 and finished as the all-time winningest quarterback with a record of 50-3 (.943).  Moore finished his career with 142 touchdown passes, second in NCAA history, and his 14,667 career passing yards ranks fifth all-time.  Moore is the first player in college football history to record four seasons with both 3,000 yards of total offense and 3,000 yards passing.  Moore's 16 300-yard career passing games set a new Boise State record.  He posted his third career 400-yard passing game, second-most in school history.    

Nate Potter

Nate started all 13 games at left tackle, extending his streak of consecutive starts to 34.  He led an offensive line that helped the Broncos finish first in sacks allowed (.62 per game).  Boise State was fifth in the nation in scoring (44.23), ninth in total offense (481.31), 11th in passing (309.38) and 40th in rushing (171.92).  

Nate was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team, the first Boise State football player to earn first-team academic honors since 1978.  He became Boise State's second consensus All-American (after Ryan Clady), as Nate was selected to All-America teams by The Sporting News, the Football Writers' Association of America, and Yahoo Sports.  Potter was second team Walter Camp All-America.  He was one of two unanimous first-team All-Mountain West selections.  

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Tara Glover is the 2011-2012 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year

Tara Glover received the most votes in a poll of Bronco fans and is the 2011-2012 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year.

Glover, a sophomore sparkplug for the Boise State softball team, received 31% of the vote to edge senior gymnast Amy Glass, who garnered 23%.  Outfielder Devon Bridges was third with 13% followed by swimmer Amber Boucher at 10%.

Glover batted .481 this season (2nd in the Mountain West) for the Broncos with a .515 on-base percentage (3rd in the conference) to help Boise State finish second in the Mountain West Conference.  She led the MWC with a school-record 88 hits and 18 stolen bases, Tara's slugging percentage of .708 was second in the league and her 54 runs ranked third.  Tara established a new Mountain West sophomore record in hits, breaking the record set by San Diego State's Kellie Nordhagen in 2000, and her total is fourth all-time in conference history.  Glover reached base in a school record 37 consecutive games, and she finished the season by reaching base in 49 of the Broncos' 51 games.  Glover also hit in a record-tying 13 consecutive games.

In conference play, Tara hit an unbelievable .622 with an on-base percentage of .638.  Both rank second in conference history and her 1.067 slugging percentage is third-best all-time in the Mountain West.  Glover's 28 hits against MW foes ranks seventh all-time, cracking the list with only 12 games when all other spots are occupied by players with at least 18 games.  Tara recorded a hit in 11 of the 12 games, including 10 multi-hit games.  In conference games, Glover led the league in hits, batting average and stolen bases (6), while ranking second in runs (17), doubles (six) and slugging percentage.  Tara also hit four homers and a triple.  

Glover was named Co-Mountain West Player of the Year and was also honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Pacific Region Second Team.  One week later, Glover became the first softball All-American as she was named to the Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.