The annual Mountain West “Media Summit” kicked off Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Simply put, it’s MW football media days. The league just gave it a fancy new name.
The preseason All-MW team and predicted order of finish was announced Tuesday morning. Both were voted by selected media, including myself.
Here’s how the voting turned out:
2017 Preseason All-MW Football Team
QB: Josh Allen**, jr., Wyoming
WR: Michael Gallup*, sr., Colorado State; Devonte Boyd, sr., UNLV
RB: Rashaad Penny, sr., San Diego State*; Tyrone Owens, jr., New Mexico
OL: Jake Bennett**, sr., Colorado State; Austin Corbett**, sr., Nevada, Dejon Allen**, sr., Hawaii, Aaron Jenkins, jr., New Mexico; Mason Hampton, sr., Boise State.
TE: David Wells**, sr., San Diego State
DL: David Moa, jr., Boise State, Malik Reed**, jr., Nevada; Garrett Hughes*, sr., New Mexico; Mike Hughes, jr., UNLV.
LB: Jahlani Tavai*, jr., Hawaii; Logan Wilson, so., Wyoming; Frank Ginda, jr., San Jose State.
DB: Andrew Wingard*, jr., Wyoming; Andre Chachere*, sr., San Jose State; Tyler Horton, jr., Boise State; Trayvon Henderson, sr., Hawaii.
P: Michael Carrizosa, sr., San Jose State.
K: John Baron II*, jr., San Diego State
RET: Rashaad Penny”, sr., San Diego State
Offensive player of the year: Josh Allen, Wyoming
Defensive player of the year: Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
Special teams player of the year: Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
*Member of the 2016 All-MW first team
**Member of the 2016 All-MW second team
Predicted order of finish (first place votes)
1. Boise State (21) 161 points
2. Colorado State (6) 135
3. Wyoming (1) 114
4. Air Force 82
5. New Mexico 68
6. Utah State 28
1. San Diego State (28) 168 points
2. Hawaii 135
3. UNLV 105
4. Nevada 79
5. San Jose State 54
6. Fresno State 47
I had UW juniors Josh Allen and Andrew Wingard as my MW Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. I was a little surprised Wingard got the nod. Not because he’s not a good defender, but he also played on a pretty poor defense the last two years. However, his 253 tackles in two seasons is productive, and that’s what it should be all about.
I also had sophomore linebacker Logan Wilson on my preseason All-MW team. I wasn’t trying to be a homer, but I had senior offensive tackle Ryan Cummings and junior defensive end Carl Granderson on there, too. They didn’t make it.
Three of the five offensive linemen who were on my preseason team made it, and two of the four defensive linemen. I also had San Diego State senior Rashaad Penny as the Special Teams Player of the Year.
So all in all, how I voted was pretty close to what the team ended up being.
UW was picked third in the Mountain Division, and that’s where I had them. I had Colorado State first and Boise State second. That was flip-flopped in the official poll. I think with a new stadium and some pretty good talent, the Rams could ride that momentum to the division title. However, aside from Utah State, you can make a case for any of the five other Mountain Division teams winning it.
As for the West Division, how that vote turned out was how I voted.
Any thoughts on the preseason team and predicted order of finish? Would love to hear your feedback.
For more from the MW Media Summit, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net. Wednesday is when Allen, Wingard and fourth-year coach Craig Bohl will be available to the media so there will be plenty more to come from in the next day or two.