Nov. 5, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State had three student-athletes voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Team Thursday, as redshirt junior guard Steven Baggett, redshirt senior tight end Jake Hardee and redshirt junior punter Sean Wale each earned spots.
The Bronco trio now advances to the national ballot for a chance to be named to the CoSIDA Division I Academic All-America Team, which is set to be announced Dec. 3. The Academic All-America Team is voted on by a national committee made up of CoSIDA members.
Baggett has started all nine games in 2015, belonging to an offensive line that has helped the Broncos rush for 26 touchdowns, a figure that is tied for fourth in the FBS. The main weapon in that rushing attack that the line clears the way for, Jeremy McNichols, is currently second in the FBS with 17 touchdowns overall and tied for fourth nationally with 14 of those scores coming via rush.
In the classroom, Baggett owns a 3.77 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in construction management. He is a two-time recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award (2014-15) and was named to the Academic All-Mountain West Team following the 2014 football season.
Hardee has appeared in all nine games with a pair of starts as one of Boise State's key blocking tight ends. The Boise native has been a major factor in the Bronco rushing attack in addition to proving himself a threat with his hands, hauling in a 44-yard scoring pass Oct. 31 at UNLV for his first-career touchdown.
Earlier this season Hardee was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given by the National Football Foundation to student-athletes who shine on both the athletic and academic fields. He has thrice been named to the Academic All-Mountain West Team (2012-14) and is a two-time recipient of the Mountain West's Scholar-Athlete Award (2014-15).
Wale, in his third season as Boise State's starting punter, is averaging 41.2 yards per punt in 2015 with 16 of those being downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Boasting a long punt of 55 yards, Wale has had only three of his 39 punts this season go for a touchback.
He is also a two-time member of the Academic All-Mountain West Team (2013-14) and a two-time recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award (2014-15).