By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore has been named to the prestigious Playboy Preseason All-America Team.
Moore won the Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete award, which recognizes a player for a combination of academics and athletics. Playboy makes a donation to the school’s general scholarship fund as part of the award.
Moore is the third Boise State player named to the Playboy list, which includes a first team only. Previous honorees were offensive tackle Ryan Clady (2007) and cornerback Kyle Wilson (2009), who became NFL first-round draft picks.
Playboy also ranks Boise State No. 2 going into the season, behind Oklahoma. Stanford’s Andrew Luck is the All-America quarterback.
Playboy’s 55th annual College Football Pigskin Preview is on newsstands now.
Here are the complete rankings and All-American team:
Top 25 Teams:
2. Boise State
7. Oklahoma State
8. South Carolina
9. Florida State
11. Michigan State
12. Texas A&M
15. Virginia Tech
16. Notre Dame
18. Mississippi State
22. Arizona State
Preseason All-America Team:
Coach of the Year: Steve Spurrier - South Carolina
Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete: Kellen Moore - Boise State
Quarterback: Andrew Luck – Stanford
Running Backs: Trent Richardson - Alabama; LaMichael James – Oregon
Wide Receivers: Ryan Broyles - Oklahoma; Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma State; Alshon Jeffery - South Carolina
Center: Mike Brewster - Ohio State
Offensive Linemen: Seantrel Henderson - Miami; Riley Reiff - Iowa; Matt Kalil - USC; Jonathan Martin – Stanford
Defensive Linemen: Quinton Coples - UNC; Jared Crick - Nebraska; Brandon Jenkins - Florida State; Jerel Worthy - Michigan State
Linebackers: Tank Carder - TCU; Vontaze Burfict - ASU; Luke Kuechly - Boston College
Defensive Backs: Jayron Hosely - Virginia Tech; Chase Minnifield - Virginia; Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina; Mark Barron – Alabama
Placekicker: David Ruffer - Notre Dame
All-Purpose Player: Cliff Harris – Oregon
Punter: Drew Butler – Georgia
Kick Returner: James Rodgers - Oregon State
In the Monday morning practice, sophomore defensive back Quaylon Ewing-Burton made a nice interception — leaping in front of the receiver and catching the ball as he fell to the ground. Ewing-Burton has made several nice plays in camp as he splits time between cornerback and safety.
Wide receiver Chris Potter had a nice practice on offense. He made a couple of 20-yard catches during a team session.
In the afternoon, Ewing-Burton made another interception. Backup quarterback Joe Southwick engineered a drive for a field goal, using his legs to keep the play alive several times.
I’ve been asked frequently during camp about the conditions in the Georgia Dome and specifically whether humidity will be a factor.
Here’s the answer from Georgia Dome communications specialist Jason Kirksey: “The Dome is completely air conditioned at always 72 degrees. Humidity is normally not a factor inside the Dome since the temperature is maintained and outside weather does not have a major impact on the inside of the building.”
Boise State has had cramping problems in humid environments, including last year’s opener in Landover, Md.
Not taking any chances, coach Chris Petersen heated up the Caven-Williams Sports Complex on Monday afternoon and created a humid environment — a tactic he also used last year.
Former Boise State quarterback Mike Coughlin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.