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Hawai'i Named WAC Favorite By Coaches

Courtesy of the WAC
July 28, 2011

LAS VEGAS - Hawai'i has been named the favorite in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference football coaches poll announced today at the league's football preview being held in Las Vegas. Fresno State was picked second, while Nevada finished third.

Hawai'i finished last season with a 10-4 record and tied for the WAC regular season title with a mark of 7-1.  The Warriors played in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, its seventh bowl appearance over the past nine years. Hawai'i returns quarterback Bryant Moniz who led the nation last season in passing, total offense and touchdowns thrown.

Fresno State was 8-5 last year and made its 11th bowl appearance in the past 12 years playing in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl. The Bulldogs return junior running back Robbie Rouse who last year rushed for 1,129 yards.

Nevada was 13-1 last year and also won a share of the WAC title with a 7-1 mark. The Wolf Pack beat Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl last season, their fifth consecutive bowl appearance.

Hawai'i received 47 points from the eight WAC coaches. Fresno State was in second with 41 points followed closely by Nevada with 40. Louisiana Tech was selected fourth with 31 points followed by Utah State with 22 points, Idaho (21), San Jose State (15) and New Mexico State (7).

The following is the complete 2011 WAC football coaches' poll (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams):

2011 WAC Preseason Coaches Poll (1st-place votes in parenthesis):

Team Points
1. Hawai'i (5) 47
2. Fresno State (1) 41
3. Nevada 40
4. Louisiana Tech 31
5. Utah State 22
6. Idaho 21
7. San Jose State 15
8. New Mexico State 7


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