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Robert Turbin

Utah State's Bobby Wagner was the sole Aggie to earn first team all-Western Athletic Conference honors when the league announced its post-season awards on Monday.

Wagner led USU and the WAC in tackles with 115 and had a pair of interceptions as well. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound sophomore from Ontario, Calif., is the first defensive first-team all-conference player from Utah State since 2005 when defensive end John Chick and cornerback Jarret Bush were honored.

Joining Wagner on the all-WAC team was sophomore running back Robert Turbin, who ran for 1,296 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for another 418 yards and five touchdowns.

"Both young men are extremely deserving of these honors," USU coach Gary Andersen said. "For Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin to only be sophomores is a sign of their bright futures both as players and leaders of our program as we will build off this year's success and continue to improve. They're two of only eight sophomores recognized, so the future is bright for this league to continue its progress."

No other Aggies were named to the all-WAC team.

"It feels really good to be honored as one of the top players in the conference," Wagner said. "This is a great honor because we're recognized for all the hard work we did in the offseason."

Turbin had one of the best seasons in Utah State history, but happened to be up against some similarly impressive running backs.

Fresno State's Ryan Matthews led the NCAA in rushing and Nevada's Vai Taua was ninth. Turbin, 21st in the NCAA with 108 yards per game on the ground, will have two more years to make a push for the first team.

"You shoot for first team, but to get any all-conference honors is a great feeling for any player. I'm honored that the other coaches in the WAC recognized me with second-team honors," Turbin said. "It's a good feeling to be acknowledged, because that shows that all the hard work and extra hours put in pays off at the end of the day. While I didn't get first-team honors this season, earning all-conference honors is one of my goals, now I just have to work hard for next year to get on the first-team list."

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was named the WAC offensive player of the year and Nevada defensive end Dontay Moch was named the defensive player of the year. Chris Peterson was named the WAC's coach of the year after leading Boise State to the Fiesta Bowl.

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