Boise State Football: Andy Avalos is MWwire’s 2021 Preseason Head Coach of the Year
The Broncos’ new leader is our staff’s preseason pick as Mountain West football’s top coach heading into the 2021 season.
Big shoes to fill on the blue.
Mountain West Wire’s 2021 preseason honors:
All-Conference Teams | Offensive Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Special Teams Player of the Year | Freshmen of the Year | Newcomer of the Year | Coach of the Year | Coordinator of the Year
Boise State head coach Andy Avalos has some big shoes to fill, though you might say his emergence as our staff’s selection to be the Mountain West’s preseason head coach of the year is a vote of confidence that he’ll do just fine.
After leaving the Broncos in 2019 to become the defensive coordinator at Oregon, Avalos earned a nod as a Broyles Award semifinalist later that year and followed that up by enabling the Ducks to allow just 5.35 yards per play in 2020, a figure which tied for first in the Pac-12. And as he’d done with Boise State greats like Leighton Vander Esch and Curtis Weaver, Avalos helped bring along elite talents like Kayvon Thibodeaux and Mykael Wright before deciding to return to Boise.
The standards for the Boise State football program remain some of the highest anywhere in the country, but Avalos’s familiarity as both an alum and a long-time coach should keep the Broncos in a position to contend every year. No pressure, right?
"From the standpoint of being a former student athlete here, being a coach, being a player and playing in a lot of stadiums across America, this is a special place, and when it's full, it's a huge advantage" – #BoiseState head coach Andy Avalos on the environment on The Blue pic.twitter.com/6NYrY2bA3k
— Will Hall (@WillHallKTVB) May 26, 2021
Also received votes: Blake Anderson, Utah State; Kalen DeBoer, Fresno State; Danny Gonzales, New Mexico, Jay Norvell, Nevada