The 2006 Sporting News College Football Yearbook will hit newsstands in early June, and the Bulldogs are not predicted to win the WAC, TSN says they will finish second. However, FS has five players named to the magazines preseason all-WAC team. Boise State has the most players named to the team with seven, and is TSN's pick to win the WAC. Nevada is picked third followed by Hawaii. Considering Boise State hosts Fresno State and Hawaii it is a safe pick by TSN.
As far as the all-WAC team where is Hawaii's G Samson Satele? He is a freakin all-American candidate. The Bulldogs that deserve some consideration for the first team are: WLB Marcus Riley, G Cole Popovich, G Ryan Wendell, T Chris Denham, RB Dwayne Wright, KR Clifton Smith, and K Clint Stitser. Obviously, the last three were not considered because of injury, but in my opinion will be the best at their respective positions by season's end. Boise State's RB Ian Johnson is a weak pick, I'm guessing by default. If you are not going to select Wright because of a two year absence then at least pick San Jose State's Yonus Davis or Louisiana Tech's Freddie Franklin. Those two backs, along with Nevada's Robert Hubbard, were the only WAC running backs to rush for over 100 yards against the Bulldogs, the best run defense in the WAC last season.
THE SPORTING NEWS PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAM
WR Paul Williams, Fresno State 6-2 210 Sr.
WR Davone Bess, Hawaii 5-10 187 So.
TE Anthony Pudewell, Nevada 6-3 250 Sr.
T Ryan Clady, Boise State 6-6 319 So.
T Tala Esera, Hawaii 6-4 295 Sr.
G Tad Miller, Boise State 6-4 304 Jr.
G Barrett Reznick, Nevada 6-1 285 Sr.
C Kyle Young, Fresno State 6-5 330 Sr.
QB Colt Brennan, Hawaii 6-3 190 Jr.
RB Robert Hubbard, Nevada 5-11 195 Sr.
RB Ian Johnson, Boise State 5-11 194 So.
E Tyler Clutts, Fresno State 6-3 245 Jr.
E Ikaika Alama-Francis, Hawaii 6-5 250 Sr.
T Andrew Browning, Boise State 6-0 278 Sr.
LB Ezra Butler, Nevada 6-2 255 Jr.
LB Korey Hall, Boise State 6-1 228 Sr.
LB Colt Brooks, Boise State 6-1 216 Sr.
LB Dwayne Andrews, Fresno State 6-0 240 Sr.
CB Joe Garcia, Nevada 6-0 180 Sr.
CB Marcus McCauley, Fresno State 6-1 205 Sr.
S Marty Tadman, Boise State 5-11 182 Jr.
S D.J. Dykes, Idaho 6-3 202 Jr.
K Mike Barrow, Idaho 5-11 158 Sr.
P Kyle Stringer, Boise State 5-8 194 Sr.
KR Quinton Jones, Boise State 5-9 177 Sr.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Offense: Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii
Defense: Korey Hall, LB, Boise State
NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR
Offense: Marcus Cross, RB, Utah State
Defense: Michael Stuart, E, Fresno State