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Horton, Moa Named To Preseason Watch Lists

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State senior cornerback Tyler Horton was named to his third preseason watch list of 2018 and David Moa was named a preseason candidate for a pair of awards Tuesday. Both Horton and Moa were named to the watch list of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given annually to the nation's top defensive player, while Moa was also named to the Watch List for the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, given annually to the nation's top interior lineman.

Earlier this preseason, Horton was named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award and the Jim Thorpe Award. For Moa, Tuesday's announcements mark the third-straight season in which he has been named to both the Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy watch lists. Each player was also named to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team Tuesday morning.

Consistently drawing the assignment of covering the opposition's top receiver, Horton stepped up to the challenge in 2017, being named to the All-Mountain West First Team as he picked off two passes and led the Broncos with 11 pass-breakups. He also proved his value as a tackler, ranking fifth on the team with 44 tackles (26 solo), including 3.0 tackles-for-loss.

Horton also showed a nose for the football, as in addition to his two interceptions, he recovered two fumbles, with one clinching Boise State's 59-52 overtime win at Colorado State on Nov. 11, and the second being returned 21 yards for a touchdown Nov. 18 against Air Force.

Moa, named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy an Outland Trophy Preseason Watch Lists Tuesday morning, was a force in the Bronco run defense last season despite commanding double-teams from numerous opponents. While his presence helped open up rush opportunities for Bronco All-Mountain West selections Weaver, Jabril Frazier and Durrant Miles, Moa managed to get his, as well, recording 2.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss among his 21 tackles. He was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team for his efforts.

Boise State, the defending Mountain West champion, opens its 2018 campaign Saturday, Sept. 1 at Troy. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. MT and will be televised on ESPNews.

Boise State Players On 2018 Preseason Watch Lists

TE John Bates
John Mackey Award

CB Tyler Horton
Bednarik Award
Jim Thorpe Award
Bronko Nagurski Trophy

RB Alexander Mattison
Doak Walker Award

DT David Moa
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Outland Trophy

S Kekoa Nawahine
Jim Thorpe Award

QB Brett Rypien
Maxwell Award
Davey O'Brien Award
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