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.
ALL-MW PRESEASON TEAM
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 WyoSports.net.