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Boise State football’s defensive star gets Player of the Year nod; 4 others honored

If championships are won in the trenches, the Boise State football team enters 2019 on solid ground.

Defensive lineman Curtis Weaver was named the Mountain West preseason Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday in conjunction with the annual media days event.

Three of the Broncos’ other four first-team all-conference picks also are linemen: offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland, offensive guard John Molchon and defensive tackle David Moa. The other pick was wide receiver John Hightower.

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Weaver and Cleveland are juniors who will draw intense attention as potential early entrants in the NFL Draft. Both were All-Mountain West first-teamers last year.

Weaver finished second in the conference with 9.5 sacks and third with 15 tackles for loss last season. He’s tied for sixth in school history with 20.5 career sacks in just two seasons. He is the first Bronco to receive the Mountain West’s preseason honor on defense.

“The dude deserves it,” senior safety Kekoa Nawahine said. “He works hard and he’s a beast.”

Molchon also was a first-team selection last season.

Moa and Hightower are interesting picks because neither was a factor at the end of last season. Moa redshirted with an injury and will be a sixth-year senior this fall but was an All-Mountain West first-teamer in 2016 and second-teamer in 2017. Hightower was electric in many of his 10 games but was hobbled by injuries late in the season and left home from the bowl trip because of academics. He had 31 catches for 504 yards and six touchdowns, and eight carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns, but nearly all of that production occurred before Halloween.

2019 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Offense

QB Jordan Love** Jr. Utah State

WR John Hightower Sr. Boise State

WR Cedric Byrd II Sr. Hawaii

RB Juwan Washington Sr. San Diego State

RB Toa Taua So. Nevada

OL Ezra Cleveland* Jr. Boise State

OL John Molchon* Sr. Boise State

OL Jake Nelson Sr. Nevada

OL Keith Ismael* Jr. San Diego State

OL Justin Polu Sr. UNLV

TE Jared Rice** Sr. Fresno State

Defense

DL Jordan Jackson** Jr. Air Force

DL David Moa Sr. Boise State

DL Curtis Weaver* Jr. Boise State

DL Tipa Galeai** Sr. Utah State

LB Mykal Walker* Sr. Fresno State

LB Kyahva Tezino* Sr. San Diego State

LB David Woodward ** Jr. Utah State

DB Jeremy Fejedelem Sr. Air Force

DB Juju Hughes** Sr. Fresno State

DB Tariq Thompson** Jr. San Diego State

DB DJ Williams So. Utah State

Specialists

P Ryan Stonehouse* Jr. Colorado State

PK Cooper Rothe* Sr. Wyoming

KR/PR Savon Scarver* Jr. Utah State

Offensive Player of the Year: Jordan Love, Jr., QB, Utah State

Defensive Player of the Year: Curtis Weaver, Jr., DL, Boise State

Special Teams Player of the Year: Cooper Rothe, Sr., PK, Wyoming

* - member of the 2018 All-Mountain West first team

** - member of the 2018 All-Mountain West second team

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