2012 CFN All-WAC Team & Roundup
2012 WAC Fearless Predictions, Game Stories, Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings
CFN 2012 All-WAC Team
2012 CFN All-WAC Offense
QB – Colby Cameron, Sr. LT
RB – Kenneth Dixon, Fr. LT
RB – Kerwynn Williams, Sr. Utah St
WR – Noel Grigsby, Jr. SJSU
WR – Quinton Patton, Sr. LT
TE – Ryan Otten, Sr. SJSU
OL – Nicholas Kaspar, Jr. SJSU
OL – Tyler Larsen, Jr. Utah St
OL – David Quessenberry, Sr. SJSU
OL – Davonte Wallace, Jr. NMSU
OL – Stephen Warner, Sr. LT
PK – Austin Lopez, Fr. SJSU
KR – D.J. Banks, Jr. LT
2012 CFN All-WAC Defense
LB – I.K. Enemkpali, Jr. LT
DL – Travis Johnson, Sr. SJSU
DL – Al Laphuaho, Sr. USU
DL – Travis Raciti, Soph. SJSU
LB – Jake Doughty, Jr. USU
LB – Brandon Reeves, Sr. UTSA
LB – Keith Smith, Jr. SJSU
DB – Bene Benwikere, Jr. SJSU
DB – Davis Cazares, Jr. NMSU
DB – Will Davis, Sr. USU
DB – Triston Wade, Soph. UTSA
P – Ryan Allen, Sr. LT
PR – Cameron Webb, Sr. USU
The Best WAC Players of 2012
1. QB Colby Cameron, Sr. LT
2. RB Kenneth Dixon, Fr. LT
3. QB David Fales, Jr. SJSU
4. RB Kerwynn Williams, Sr. USU
5. DE Travis Johnson, Sr. SJSU
6. WR Quinton Patton, Sr. LT
7. LB Jake Doughty, Jr. USU
8. QB Chuckie Keeton, Soph. USU
9. P Ryan Allen, Sr. LT
10. C Tyler Larsen, Jr. USU
11. LB Keith Smith, Jr. SJSU
12. DT Travis Raciti, Soph. SJSU
13. OT David Quessenberry, Sr. SJSU
14. WR Noel Grigsby, Jr. SJSU
15. CB Will Davis, Sr. USU
16. WR Austin Franklin, Soph. NMSU
17. DE Al Laphuaho, Sr. USU
18. TE Ryan Otten, Sr. SJSU
19. LB Brandon Reeves, Sr. UTSA
20. S Davis Cazares, Jr. NMSU
21. S Bene Benwikere, Jr. SJSU
22. DE I.K. Enemkpali, Jr. LT
23. S Triston Wade, Soph. UTSA
24. S Gary Walker, Sr. Idaho
25. CB Dave Clark, Sr. LT
26. LB Trashawun Nixon, Jr. NMSU
27. RB De'Leon Eskridge, Sr. SJSU
28. OG Nicholas Kaspar, Jr. SJSU
29. P Cayle Chapman-Brown, Jr. NMSU
30. DE Jordan Nielsen, Fr. USU
CFN 2012 Preview
CFN Preseason All-WAC Team & Top 30 Players
2012 CFN WAC Off.
Player of the Year
QB Colby Cameron, Sr. Louisiana Tech
His teammate, freshman running back Kenneth Dixon, could certainly be considered for the spot, but it was the big passing year that came from relatively out of the blue that made the Bulldog offense shine. Cameron threw for 4,147 yards with 31 touchdown passes and five picks - all five came in the final two games. Not only did he hang play for play with Johnny Manziel in the comeback attempt against Texas A&M, but he hit the 300-yard mark eight times on the year including seven of the last eight games.
2012 CFN WAC Def.
Player of the Year
DE Travis Johnson, Sr. San Jose State
Four of his sacks came early on against UC Davis, and he didn't get to the quarterback against Utah State, but he was the star pass rusher on a line that was dominant when it came to getting into the backfield. He finished with 12 sacks with 19 tackles for loss and 60 tackles as the ring leader of the WAC's second best D that finished fifth in the nation in sacks and 19th in tackles for loss.
3 Biggest Surprises
1. Utah State going 10-2. The Aggies were supposed to be good, but they lost to Wisconsin on a missed kick, lost to BYU 6-3, and that was it. Basically, they were two missed field goals away from probably going 12-0, but instead they're going to have to settle for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Toledo.
2. The Louisiana Tech offense and Colby Cameron. The Sonny Dykes offense was good, but it hadn't blown up. This year, it blew up, finishing first in the nation in scoring, second in yards and fourth in passing as Colby Cameron had a brilliant campaign with 31 touchdown passes and just five picks.
3. San Jose State. The Spartans had the potential to be one of the WAC's best teams, but it was expected to be a dogfight to get to the six wins needed to earn a bowl bid. JUCO transfer David Fales was the answer at quarterback as the team hung tough against Stanford in the opener, lost to Utah State, and beat everyone else with great wins over San Diego State and Navy to set the tone early. A six-game winning streak to close things out set up a Military Bowl appearance against Bowling Green.
3 Biggest Disappointments
1. Idaho was bad. The Vandals weren't expected to be in the hunt for the WAC title, but they weren't even competitive going 1-11 with six straight losses to close out the season. The offense finished last in the nation in scoring and the scoring defense was the third worst in college football. At least Idaho came up with a win over …
2. New Mexico State was worse. The passing game was supposed to make the team fun and interesting, but instead the offense sputtered and coughed way too often and wasn't able to fight past a miserable defense that couldn't get into the backfield. The Aggies beat Sacramento State to start the year, and that was it coming within double digits – against Idaho – just once the rest of the way.
3. The league is over. There was hope beyond reasonable hope for the WAC to come up with something at the last second to keep the conference viable, but everyone took off except for Idaho and New Mexico State, and next year it's all over. The WAC is still going to be alive in other areas, but it's going to take a while, if at all, before the league can get back to viability.
Best WAC Game of the Season
Nov. 17 – Utah State 48, at Louisiana Tech 41 OT. It turned out to be the WAC championship game. Utah State roared out to a dominant 41-17 lead late in the third quarter thanks to a huge day from quarterback Chuckie Keeton, but Louisiana Tech answered a Kerywnn Williams touchdown run with a 98-yard kickoff return from D.J. Banks to spark a wild 24 point run finishing up with a 32-yard Matt Nelson field goal as time ran out to force overtime. The Aggies took the momentum back in overtime with a three play scoring drive finishing with a four-yard Williams run for the seven point lead. Louisiana Tech couldn't get the offense moving going just eight yards and was stuffed on fourth-and-two to give Utah State the win and the title.
Second Best Game : Nov. 10. Louisiana Tech 62, at Texas State 55
Third Best Game : Nov. 24. at San Jose State 52, Louisiana Tech 43
Coach of the Year
1) Gary Andersen, Utah State
2) Mike McIntyre, San Jose State
3) Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech
WAC Performances of the Year
1) Oct. 13 – RB Kenneth Davis, Louisiana Tech vs. Idaho – 17 carries for 232 yards and six touchdowns in the 70-28 win.
2) Nov. 17 – LB Keith Smith, San Jose State vs. BYU – 19 tackles, one sack, one broken up pass and two forced fumble in the 20-14 win.
3) Nov. 17 – RB Kerwynn Williams vs. Louisiana Tech – 20 carries for 162 yards and two scores, four catches for 125 yards and a touchdown, and one kickoff return for 16 yards in the 48-41 win.
1) RB Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
2) LB Keith Fackrell, Utah State
3) PK Austin Lopez, San Jose State