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Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch named MWC Defensive Player of the Year

Leighton Vander Esch.

From Riggins, Idaho to Boise, Idaho to Defensive Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound redshirt junior has made a big impact on the Boise State defense this season and it has earned him the right to be called the conference’s defensive player of the year.




In 12 games this season, Vander Esch compiled 71 solo tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 4 sacks on the year. He also managed to get one interception that he returned for 38 yards.

He’s averaged 9.4 tackles per game, making him good for 24th in the nation.

The 2017 All-Mountain West Football Conference Team players were announced as well. Here is where some other Broncos landed.




  • First Team
  • Second Team
  • Honorable Mention
WR Cedrick Wilson
TE Jake Roh
OL Mason Hampton
DL Curtis Weaver
LB Leighton Vander Esch
DB Tyler Horton
QB Brett Rypien
OL Archie Lewis
PR/KR Avery Williams
DL Jabril Frazier
DL David Moa
DB Kekoa Nawahine
OL Ezra Cleveland
PK Haden Hoggarth
RB Alexander Mattison
LB Tyson Maeva
DL Durrant Miles
OL John Molchon
DB DeAndre Pierce

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