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Broncos picked first, Johnson picked best

Take that, Fresno State. In your face, Chase Holbrook.

The Broncos were chosen by the WAC media to finish first in the conference, and Ian Johnson was named the WAC's preseason offensive player of the year at the WAC media convention in Salt Lake City.

Boise State received 383 points and 25 first-place votes from media members around the WAC and the nation. Fresno State was picked a close second after garnering 379 points and 20 first-place votes.
Here are the official standings for the media poll.

  1. Boise State (383)

  2. Fresno State (379)

  3. Nevada (296)

  4. Hawaii (243)

  5. Louisiana Tech (209)

  6. San Jose State (183)

  7. New Mexico State (167)

  8. Idaho (87)

  9. Utah State (78)

The coaches had Fresno State on top, but what do coaches know? Okay, they know more than we will ever forget. The Bulldogs got seven first place votes from the conference coaches, and Boise State got the remaining two.

Ian Johnson and Hawaii LB Solomon Elimimian were voted as the players of the year for the conference. Johnson is without a doubt the face of the WAC, considering his success in the Fiesta Bowl season and his national notoriety, but NMSU QB Holbrook could have just as easily duped the media into picking him.

We're actually a little surprised that the Broncos were chosen to finish first. We have heard everyone and their mother tout the greatness of the Bulldogs this upcoming season, and we figured that the media would think the same. They have obviously skipped the Fresno Kool-Aid in favor of Boise State coffee and Red Bull.

In lieu of this really early announcement (what are they doing awake this early?), we'll run the daily links later this morning.

Broncos picked first... [Bronco Sports]