How I voted in the preseason All-MW football team

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)

Mountain Division

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

West Division

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.

Ryan Cummings

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 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.

6 thoughts on “How I voted in the preseason All-MW football team

  1. Hello Robert, Did you have any input to the national football publications? I see that Lindy’s Sports picks Wyoming #44 in the nation and second overall in the MWC, with Boise at #24, SDSU at #51 and CSU at #68 nationally. Another publication is not quite as optimistic, with Wyoming at 72 (if I recall correctly). What do you think? Overall, it is just guesswork. But I do believe that Coach Bobo’s teams are slow starters, and I wish we had CSU earlier in the year.

    I look forward to hearing more from you as the season nears. Go Pokes!

    • I wrote the Wyoming preview for Athlon’s college football magazine, but I didn’t have any say in preseason rankings within the conference or on a national scale. A lot of it is guess work, even more so because the deadlines for these college football publications are way in the spring so they can come out this summer.
      Would like to think Wyoming is closer to No. 44 than No. 72, but we shall soon see.
      Thanks for your interest and comment.


  2. I think the blueprint for a 8-10 win season is there for the Pokes based upon how well they have gotten under Bohl each season. Returning solid leadership on both sides is huge and the fact that the upperclassmen have faced tough competition and not blinked really sets the expectations high. Hard to fathom having the two preseason players of the year but then getting picked 3rd in your division – although the Mtn Division is stacked in comparison to the West. Was there any questions to Thompson about realignment? It really is lopsided from a football standpoint.

    • Thompson was asked about conference realignment in the future, but didn’t say much on that. He also said the league isn’t looking to expand.
      But there was nothing about realignment within the MW. Current set up makes sense, just need the programs there to step it up.


  3. Hello Robert, Maybe the wrong forum to ask, but has Wyo athletics or another entity put together a 2016 football highlight DVD? I would enjoy having/watching that.

    Thanks for your help. Go Pokes!

    • I’ve seen clips of highlights online and on social media, but I am unaware of a DVD highlight.
      Could check UW’s website at


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