LAS VEGAS — Mountain West media members picked the Boise State football team as the favorite to win the Mountain Division in a poll released Tuesday morning at the league’s media preview.
The Broncos received 20 first-place votes and 183 points. Utah State, the defending division champion, received 12 first-place votes and 176 points. Colorado State also received a first-place vote and finished third.
In the West Division, defending conference champion Fresno State edged San Diego State with 15 first-place votes and 174 points. San Diego State also received 15 first-place votes but had 172 points. Nevada was third with three first-place votes.
The preseason players of the year are Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton, Fresno State safety Derron Smith and New Mexico kickoff returner Carlos Wiggins.
Boise State players on the All-Mountain West team: wide receiver Matt Miller, tailback Jay Ajayi, cornerback Donte Deayon and safety Jeremy Ioane.
Of the past six teams chosen to win a Mountain West division or conference, four finished first and two finished second. The two second-place finishers: Boise State in 2011 in the conference and 2013 in the division.
1. Boise State (20 first-place votes), 183
2. Utah State (12), 176
3. Colorado State (1), 135
4. Wyoming, 90
5. New Mexico, 56
6. Air Force, 53
1. Fresno State (15), 174
2. San Diego State (15), 172
3. Nevada (3), 130
4. UNLV, 95
5. San Jose State, 87
6. Hawaii, 35
QB: Chuckie Keeton, Sr., Utah State
WR: Matt Miller, Sr., Boise State
WR: Devante Davis**, Sr., UNLV
RB: Jay Ajayi*, Jr., Boise State
RB: Donnel Pumphrey, So., San Diego State
OL: Ty Sambrailo**, Sr., Colorado State
OL: Cody Wichmann, Sr., Fresno State
OL: LaMar Bratton, Sr., New Mexico
OL: Brett Boyko**, Sr., UNLV
OL: Robert Waterman, Sr., UNLV
TE: Kivon Cartwright, Sr., Colorado State
DL: Tyeler Davison**, Sr., Fresno State
DL: Brock Hekking*, Sr., Nevada
DL: B.J. Larsen**, Sr., Utah State
DL: Eddie Yarbrough*, Jr., Wyoming
LB: Ejiro Ederaine**, Jr., Fresno State
LB: Kyler Fackrell**, Jr., Utah State
LB: Zach Vigil**, Sr., Utah State
DB: Donte Deayon**, Jr., Boise State
DB: Jeremy Ioane**, Sr., Boise State
DB: Derron Smith*, Sr., Fresno State
DB: J.J. Whittaker, Sr., San Diego State
P: Garrett Swanson, Jr., Fresno State
K: Jared Roberts*, Sr., Colorado State
Ret: Carlos Wiggins*, Jr., New Mexico
*member of 2013 All-Mountain West first team
**member of 2013 All-Mountain West second team
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Offense: Chuckie Keeton, Sr., QB, Utah State
Defense: Derron Smith, Sr., DB, Fresno State
Special teams: Carlos Wiggins, Jr., KR, New Mexico
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Updating my Monday post on Derrick Thomas and Prince Amadi, Thomas was dismissed and Amadi left for personal reasons. Full post here.
Also, here is Boise State’s preseason depth chart.
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