The 16th Mountain West Football Media Day concluded Wednesday here at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Tuesday, Wyoming and the other five teams from the Mountain Division did their interviews. Wednesday were the six teams in the West Division.
First, some more notes on Wyoming after the story I wrote on senior receiver Dominic Rufran and junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough. Here is the link to that story:
–Senior defensive end Sonny Puletasi was named to the inaugural Polynesian Award watch list by ESPN Big 12. Puletasi had 47 tackles last season, and tied for second on the team in tackles for loss (10) and sacks (4.5).
–Rufran was very kind when talking about first-year coach Craig Bohl, and how the players have taken to him and his staff. Rufran also said Bohl is a sharp dresser: “One day he will show up in a suit, day on a Tuesday. Then out of nowhere, one day he will dress like a rancher or farmer, but he still looks super nice.”
–Monday, new UW strength coach Zach Duvall Tweeted out that every position on the football team broke lift records this week. Rufran and Yarbrough were not around for most of that because they were travelling to Las Vegas. But the results did not surprise him. “They create machines.I’ve never seen anything like the transformation of someone’s body from the beginning of the summer until the end.”
Some other random thoughts from the last couple of days:
–How will Boise State be with a new coach in Bryan Harsin? The Broncos were picked to win the Mountain Division. Being picked to win in the MW is nothing new for Boise State. Since it joined the league in 2011, it was picked to win the league twice (2011 and 2012) and also to win the Mountain Division each of the last two years. It was second to Utah State last season, and it tied Fresno State and San Diego State for the league title in 2012. The Broncos have yet to win an outright MW title.
–San Diego State coach Rocky Long has been to 14 of the 16 MW Football Media Day events. This was his fourth as the Aztecs coach, and the other 10 were as New Mexico’s coach. Long, a former UW assistant coach from 1981-85, has always been a good interview, but he seemed more jovial this year and attracted one of the larger crowds from the media.
–UNLV will try and do something it has never done — play in back-to-back-bowl games. The Rebels played in their first bowl game since 2000 when it lost to North Texas 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season. UNLV was handed a one-year postseason ban by the NCAA for poor Academic Progress Rating scores a few months ago, but won its appeal and now can play for the post season. Fifth-year coach Bobby Hauck has bigger goals in mind than just play in a bowl game: “We have a chance to compete for a Mountain West championship,” he said.
Fall camps begins soon for MW teams. Air Force will start July 31. Boise State and San Jose State will start soon after that as their season-openers are Aug. 28. UW starts Aug. 4.
Any thoughts, questions or opinions about UW or the MW after media day? Would love to hear them or any feedback.