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Boise State football team names QB Grant Hedrick its season MVP

I'll try to do more with this later, but Boise State handed out its team awards at the annual banquet Sunday.

Here is the press release from Boise State:

The Boise State football team held its annual banquet Sunday afternoon, where team awards for the 2014 campaign were announced.

Taking home the top honors Sunday were redshirt senior quarterback Grant Hedrick (Team Most Valuable Player), redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi (Offensive MVP) and redshirt junior safety Darian Thompson (Defensive MVP).

Hedrick, in his first season as the Broncos’ full-time starter, leads the nation in completion percentage (71.3) while also ranking ninth in passing efficiency (158.66), figures that are each tops among Mountain West signal-callers as well. He also ranks second in the conference with 3,714 yards of total offense and 3,232 passing yards, figures that rank 11th and 19th nationally, respectively. Hedrick’s 3,714 yards of total offense ranks fourth all-time on Boise State’s single-season list, just 686 yards away from eclipsing Ryan Dinwiddie’s 2003 benchmark of 4.399 yards.

Ajayi in 2014 is enjoying one of the greatest seasons for a Boise State running back in school history. The redshirt junior back set the new school single-season marks of 303 carries and 2,155 all-purpose yards in Saturday night’s 50-19 win over Utah State, and with two games remaining his figures in rushing yards (1,619), rushing touchdowns (24) and touchdowns (28) are all on pace to become new Boise State records. He is also among the country’s elite running backs, ranking second in carries and touchdowns, tied for second in rushing touchdowns and fifth in rushing yards.

Thompson has anchored the Bronco secondary this season, leading all defensive backs with seven interceptions, a figure that also ranks tied for third in the nation, as well as 56 tackles, 40 solo tackles and 4.0 tackles-for-loss. His seven picks in 2014 are tied for the seventh-highest in school history while his career total of 14 is tied for sixth. Thompson has also found the end zone this season, returning an interception 36 yards for a score in Nov. 22’s 63-14 win at Wyoming.

Redshirt senior kicker Dan Goodale was named the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year. This year Goodale owns a 75.0-percent success rate (15-for-20) on field goals and leads the nation with 60 touchbacks.

This year’s Scout Player of the Year honors went to junior wide receiver Rick Smith (offense), redshirt junior defensive tackle Tutulupeatau Mataele (defense) and redshirt freshman running back Ryan Wolpin (special teams).

Redshirt junior center Marcus Henry was named Outstanding Offensive Lineman while sophomore stud end Kamalei Correa took home the Outstanding Defensive Lineman honor.

Earning Boise State’s Academic Achievement Award was redshirt junior tight end Jake Hardee, while sophomore linebacker Darren Lee earned The Hammer Award and redshirt senior safety Jeremy Ioane was honored with the Denny Erickson Valor Award.

No. 23 Boise State (10-2, 7-1 MW), winner of the conference's Mountain Division, will host Fresno State in the Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship at Albertsons Stadium this Saturday (Dec. 6). Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. MT on CBS.

A complete list of the Broncos’ 2014 team awards is below:

Team MVP – Grant Hedrick

Offensive MVP – Jay Ajayi

Defensive MVP – Darian Thompson

Special Teams Player of the Year – Dan Goodale

Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Marcus Henry

Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Kamalei Correa

Offensive Scout Player of the Year – Rick Smith

Defensive Scout Player of the Year – Tutulupeatau Mataele

Special Teams Scout Player of the Year – Ryan Wolpin

Academic Achievement – Jake Hardee

The Hammer Award – Darren Lee

Denny Erickson Valor Award – Jeremy Ioane