MW Football Media Day – Mountain Division notes

Mountain West football media day activities ended Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas as players and coaches from the six Mountain Division team — including Wyoming — spoke to numerous members of the media.

UW coach Craig Bohl was in good spirits, and like most coaches this time of year, is excited and enthusiastic about the upcoming season. But there are concerns — big-time concerns — with the Cowboys entering fall came on Aug. 10.

Here is a video interview with Bohl as he addresses some of those concerns and talks about some other things.


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Mountain West football media day – West Division notes

Here are some news and notes from Tuesday’s first day of Mountain West football media day activities here in Las Vegas. Tuesday featured teams from the West Division. Players and coaches from the Mountain Division get their turn Wednesday.

–Nevada coach Brian Polian isn’t one to hold back his opinions, and he wasn’t happy that this season’s rivalry game with UNLV is not at the end of the season,

Brian Polian

Brian Polian

like many rivalry games are around the nation, or during the weekend of Nevada Day, which celebrates when Nevada became a state back in 1864. Nevada Day is Friday, Oct. 30 this year.

This year’s game is Oct. 3 at UNLV.

This reminds me of the Border War with Wyoming and Colorado State. There was a decent stretch when that game was played at the end of the season with other rivalry games. However, that usually came during the weekend of Thanksgiving, and attendance in Laramie or Fort Collins were poor with students not around, and usually one of the two teams not being very good.

I’ve written in the past that the Border War should be played more toward the middle of the season. The weather is better and there is more fan interest. Attendance figures at both schools back that up. Not sure what to say about the Nevada-UNLV game, but one thing is certain, Polian doesn’t like the set up this year.

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Comparing MW preseason football polls with my own

Mountain West football media day activities started Tuesday morning with the release of the preseason all-conference team and predicted order of finish.

I have been a voter with this since the conference’s first year in 1999, so I thought I would share what the final poll looked like compared to mine, and obviously, get some feed back from you.

Eddie Yarbrough

Eddie Yarbrough

Wyoming was picked fifth in the six-team Mountain Division, which is what I had the Cowboys at. Senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough was the only player to earn preseason all-conference honors. I had two others on my ballot, but it isn’t that much of a surprise that Yarbrough was the only one. A team coming off four wins normally does not get a lot of players on preseason awards lists.

Here is the preseason all-conference team and predicted order of finish released by the league Tuesday:

Offense

QB: Chuckie Keeton, Sr., Utah State

RB: *Donnel Pumphrey, Jr., San Diego State; **Marteze Waller, Sr., Fresno State

WR: *Rashard Higgins, Jr., Colorado State; **Devonte Boyd, So., UNLV

OL: *Marcus Henry, Sr., Boise State; **Rees Odhiambo, Sr., Boise State; Alex Fifita, Sr., Fresno State; Ben Clarke, Sr., Hawaii; Pearce Slater, Sr., San Diego State

TE: *Steven Walker, Sr., Colorado State

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