Thoughts on MW preseason poll, team

For the most part, the Mountain West Preseason All-Conference team and predicted order of finish was similar to what I submitted.

There were 30 people who voted. Here’s the predicted order of finish:

1. Boise State (27)            296

2. Nevada                            244

3. Fresno State (2)           231

4. Wyoming                        213

5. San Diego St. (1)          173

6. Air Force                         170

7. Hawaii                              116

8. Colorado St.                   111

9. UNLV                                63

10. New Mexico                   33

I had Wyoming third, San Diego State fourth and Fresno State fifth. Other than that, everything was the same.



QB          Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State

WR         Matt Miller, So., Boise State

WR         Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State

RB           Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State

RB           Chris Nwoke, Jr., Colorado State**

OL           Chris Barker, Sr., Nevada

OL           Joe Kellogg, Sr., Boise State

OL           Weston Richburg, Jr., Colorado State**

OL           Nick Carlson, Sr., Wyoming**

OL           Jeff Nady, Sr., Nevada

TE           Gavin Escobar, Jr., San Diego State*


DL           Mike Purcell, Sr., Wyoming

DL           Mike Atkinson, Sr., Boise State

DL           Paipai Falemalu, Sr., Hawaii

DL           Jack Reynoso, Jr., Nevada

LB           Travis Brown, Sr., Nevada

LB           Shaquil Barrett, Jr., Colorado State

LB           Alex Means, Sr., Air Force

DB          Leon McFadden, Sr., San Diego State*

DB          Duke Williams, Sr., Nevada

DB          Luke Ruff, Sr., Wyoming**

DB          Jamar Taylor, Sr., Boise State


P             Pete Kontodiakos, Sr., Colorado State**

PK           Parker Harrington, Sr., Air Force#8

Ret.        Mitch Burroughs, Sr., Boise State

Offensive Player of the Year: Derek Carr, Fresno State

Defensive Player of the Year: Leon McFadden, San Diego State

Special Teams Player of the Year: Mitch Burroughs, Boise State

#Unanimous 2012 preseason selection

*Member of 2011 All-MW First Team

**Member of 2011 All-MW Second Team

I had Wyoming senior Chris McNeill at receiver over Lockett, and San Diego State offensive lineman Nik Embernate over Nady.

Defensively, I had Wyoming’s Blair Burns over Taylor of Nevada at defensive back.

Sounds like I was more of a homer with my picks, doesn’t it? What did you think of my picks or the overall picks?


Wyoming’s football notes for this event has 11 game times listed. The only one not is the season-opener at Texas on Sept. 1.

Home game times are: Toledo, Sept. 8, 2 p.m.; Cal Poly, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.; Air Force, Oct. 13, 5 p.m.; Boise State, Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.; Colorado State, Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.; San Diego State, Nov. 24, 1:30 p.m.

Road game times: Idaho, Sept. 22, 3 p.m.; Nevada, Oct. 6, 5 p.m.; Fresno State, Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m.; New Mexico, Nov. 10, 1:30 p.m.; UNLv, Nov. 17, 2 p.m.

Only the Boise State game is listed as at TV game, on CBS Sports Network. As many as six or seven more games are expected to be on TV.


A few player notes after talking with coach Dave Christensen:

–Even though senior defensive end Ben Dubin left to play his senior year at Iowa State, Christensen is anxious and excited to look at redshirt freshman Eddie Yarbrough and junior-college transfer Justin Bernthaler in fall camp. Christensen also likes the overall depth along the defensive line heading into camp.

–Sophomore center Travis Bogard will be relegated to a long snapper the rest of his career because of nagging injuries. Christensen said the only player as of now that won’t be ready for fall camp (and likely will miss the entire season) is sophomore receiver Sam Stratton.

–Senior receiver James Caraway didn’t return after spring. The former cornerback graduated in the spring, but his wife is in the military and she was forced to move with her duties. Caraway choose to move with her.

For more UW football news from MW Media Day, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also check out


4 thoughts on “Thoughts on MW preseason poll, team

  1. So, Fresno has a Maxwell, and an O’Brien candidate, yet are (in most of the polls I’ve seen) 3rd or 4th? Is their defense that bad?

    I’ve seen the Pokes anywhere from 2nd to 6th. I would be thrilled with a 2nd or 3rd place finish. I see 4th being the most likely though, and another bowl game. Just have to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat, and keep it close with the others that you have a chance to win at the end.

    • Fresno struggled on defense big time last year, but had some injuries. Even with some powerful offensive players they struggled at time last year. I think this team could be a major sleeper in the MW this season

  2. what is the hold up on the time for the Texas game and is there any chance it is on Root Sports or any other regional broadcast or just the longhorn network?

    • Probably waiting to.see if a bigger national network picks it up. Those windows can go 10 to 14 day. Good bet Fox Sports picks it up. Worst case it will be the Longhorn Network. Should be able to pick up the game somewhere.

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