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WAC spring wrap-up: What we learned

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
1.Boise State still the favorite: The Broncos return a solid group of young players and will once again be the favorite to win the WAC. However, they will get strong competition from a Nevada team that has played the Broncos tough each of the past couple of seasons and should be much improved in the passing game and on defense. Also look for Louisiana Tech, Hawaii and Fresno State to make waves in the conference.

2.Idaho improving: This is the year Idaho is going to make its move. It might not be a big move, but it will be a move in the right direction. The Vandals finally have their full complement of scholarships and several players back from last year's health issues. There are talented players on the Idaho roster, and if the lines can improve, Idaho could easily get itself out of the cellar of the WAC.

3.Alexander the great: Quarterback Greg Alexander changed Hawaii's fortunes last year with strong play that ultimately took the Warriors to a bowl game. His secret? Securing the ball. Alexander had just five interceptions last season as opposed to 14 touchdowns. Two of those interceptions came in the season opener against Florida. Alexander should help Hawaii to an even better season if the offensive line can protect him.

4.Strong quarterback play: The WAC could have two of the best quarterbacks in country in Boise State's Kellen Moore and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick. Both earned postseason honors last year and have already earned preseason praise from some publications and Web sites. Other quarterbacks who could roll with Moore and Kaepernick include Diondre Borel, Nathan Enderle and Alexander.

5.Strong rushing conference: Nevada might have the strongest running game in the country this year, but as a whole the WAC has several talented running backs who could create some national buzz. Louisiana Tech's Daniel Porter is a name to know, as is Idaho's Deonte Jackson and San Jose State Yonus Davis. Boise State's Jeremy Avery will take on a bigger role with Ian Johnson gone, and Utah State's Robert Turbin should be a major player as quarterback Diondre Borel works on his passing game.