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Athlon Sports Names Boise State No. 24 in 2012 Preseason Top 25 Poll

Athlon Sports, publisher of the No. 1-selling college football magazine, continues the release of its preseason Top 25 poll at The countdown begins every year in early May and leads to the on-sale date of Athlon's category-leading college football preseason annuals.

To commemorate the Boise State Broncos being named No. 24, will devote an entire day to celebrating the program, including a look at the Top 10 Players for 2012, the Greatest Players since 1967 and a Team Preview. (Direct links are included below.)

Chris Petersen’s Boise State Broncos continue the countdown at No. 24 with 10 players selected as All-Mountain West performers. Athlon Sports predicts Boise State will finish first in the Mountain West. In the five year period from 2007-11, Athlon Sports was one of the most accurate preseason magazines in prediction accuracy.*

“Boise State looks to be the clear-cut leader in the Mountain West this season,” says Athlon Sports Managing Editor Mitch Light. “The Broncos lost some star power, but Chris Petersen has built them into a perennial Top 25 program.”

Ten Broncos earned preseason All-MW honors, including wide receiver Matt Miller, offensive lineman Charles Leno, defensive lineman Mike Atkinson, linebacker J.C. Percy, defensive back Jamar Taylor and punt returner Mitch Burroughs on the first team. Running back D.J. Harper, offensive lineman Joe Kellogg, defensive lineman Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and defensive back Jerrell Gavins were named to the second team. In addition, Boise State’s wide receivers, offensive line and defensive backs units were deemed best in the Mountain West.

Boise State Team Preview

Boise State's Top 10 Players of 2012

Boise State’s 10 Greatest Players Since 1967