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Murph's Turf: Boise State quarterbacks, conference honors and victories

I've had this theory for a while and wanted to see if the research backed it up.

The theory goes like this: If Boise State's football team wants to win the Mountain West, it needs an all-conference quarterback.

I'll concede this is not an earth-shattering theory. Championship-caliber teams usually have very good quarterbacks.

But the question is slightly different: Can the Broncos win a Mountain West title without one?

2013

Boise State starting quarterback(s): Joe Southwick, Grant Hedrick

First-team/second-team All-Mountain West: Derek Carr, Fresno State; David Fales, San Jose State

Conference champion: Fresno State defeated Utah State in Mountain West championship game

2012

Boise State starting quarterback(s): Joe Southwick

First-team/second-team All-Mountain West: Carr; Cody Fajardo, Nevada

Conference champion(s): Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State tied for the conference title at 7-1 in league play.

2011

Boise State starting quarterback(s): Kellen Moore

First-team/second-team All-Mountain West: Moore; Casey Paschall, TCU

Conference champion: TCU. The Horned Frogs and Paschall beat Boise State at Bronco Stadium.

2010

Boise State starting quarterback(s): Kellen Moore

First-team/second-team All-WAC: Moore and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick shared first-team honors.

Conference champion: Boise State and Nevada tied for the conference championship. Nevada and Kaepernick defeated Boise State in Reno.

2009

Boise State starting quarterback(s): Kellen Moore

First-team/second-team All-WAC: Moore; Kaepernick

Conference champion: Boise State finished undefeated and won the Fiesta Bowl, defeating TCU.

2008

Boise State starting quarterback(s): Kellen Moore

First-team/second-team All-WAC: Kaepernick; Moore

Conference champion: Boise State finished undefeated in the regular season and lost to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl.

2007

Boise State starting quarterback(s): Taylor Tharp

First-team/second-team All-WAC: Colt Brennan, Hawaii; Tharp

Conference champion: Hawaii and Brennan finished the regular-season undefeated and played in the Sugar Bowl. Hawaii defeated Boise State in Honolulu.

2006

Boise State starting quarterback(s): Jared Zabransky

First-team/second-team All-WAC: Brennan, Zabransky

Conference champion: Boise State went undefeated and won the Fiesta Bowl, defeating Oklahoma.

Conclusion

It's hard to make too much of a strong conclusion from the data. Boise State had a first- or second-team all-conference QB from 2006 to 2011. The Broncos won conference championships in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (share).

I guess the point here is this: Since Kellen Moore left, the Broncos have not had an All-Mountain West quarterback. And they have not won an outright conference crown. Is that a coincidence, a two-year problem, an issue created by recruiting when Moore was the established starter? Some combination?

More importantly, will Hedrick play well enough to break either (or both) of those streaks this season?

Last Boise State player to earn first-team all-conference honors

QB: Kellen Moore, 2011 (Mountain West)

RB: Jay Ajayi, 2013 (MW)

WR: Austin Pettis, Titus Young, 2010 (WAC)

OL: Charles Leno, Jr., 2013 (MW)

C: Matt Paradis, 2012 (MW)

TE: Derek Schouman, 2006 (WAC)

DL: Demarcus Lawrence, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, 2013 (MW)

LB: J.C. Percy, 2012 (MW)

CB: Jamar Taylor, 2012 (MW)

S: George Iloka, 2011 (MW)

K: Anthony Montgomery, 2006 (WAC)

P: Jeff Edwards, 2000 (Big West)

Return: Titus Young, 2009 (WAC)

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