WAC Media Names Its Preseason Players of the Year
Courtesy of the WAC
July 28, 2011
Las Vegas – Members of the media that cover WAC football voted on preseason players of the year today. Hawai'i quarterback Bryant Moniz was voted the Offensive Player of the Year, while Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Moniz, a senior quarterback from Wahiawa, O'ahu (Fresno City College), was the nation's leader in passing and total offense last season. Last year, he became just the 11th player in FBS history to surpass 5,000 passing yards in a season. He set four school records including most yards passing in a game with 560 against San Jose State. He averaged 360.0 passing yards per game and also led the nation in passing touchdowns (39) and ranked eighth in passing efficiency (159.11). Moniz led the Warriors to a 10-4 record, share of the WAC championship, and appearance in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS) is a two-time first-team all-WAC honoree. Last season, he led the WAC and tied for seventh in the FBS with 11.1 tackles per game. He logged a total of seven double-digit tackle games, and had at least six stops in all 12 games. Additionally, Wagner added eight tackles for a loss as well as four pass breakups and one forced fumble.
Moore, a junior quarterback from Prosser, Wash. (Prosser HS), was second in the nation in passing efficiency with a 161.7 rating last year. He completed 277-of-431 passes for 3,536 yards and 39 touchdowns with just three interceptions in leading the Broncos to a perfect 14-0 record and a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. As a starter, Moore is now 26-1 in just two seasons. He was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year in 2008 and the Offensive Player of the Year last season.
Moch, a senior defensive end from Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS), led the WAC and was eighth in the nation in tackles for loss with 20 for negative 93 yards last season. He had a total of 61 tackles (38 solo), including 6.5 sacks for a loss of 49 yards. He also broke up three passes and forced two fumbles on the year. Moch helped lead Nevada to the top spot in the WAC in rushing defense. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year last season.