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Hawai'i Favored By WAC Media

Courtesy of the WAC
July 28, 2011

Las Vegas - Hawai'i has been named the favorite in the Western Athletic Conference football media poll announced today at the conference's Football Preview being held in Las Vegas. The Warriors were 10-4 last year and finished with a 7-1 mark in conference play to share the WAC title. It was their second WAC title in four years.

Hawai'i received 292 points and 18 first-place votes from media members around the WAC and the nation. Fresno State was picked second after garnering 284 points and 11 first-place votes. Nevada finished third with 264 points and 11 first-place votes.  Louisiana Tech was selected fourth with 184 points followed by Utah State (166), Idaho (141), San Jose State (85) and New Mexico State (60).

The media also voted on preseason players of the year.  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.
2011 WAC Preseason Media Poll (1st-place votes in parenthesis):

  Team Points
1. Hawai'i (18) 292
2. Fresno State (11) 284
3. Nevada (11) 264
4. Louisiana Tech 184
5. Utah State 166
6. Idaho 141
7. San Jose State 85
8. New Mexico State 60


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