2013 Mountain West preseason all-conference team announced

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

The media spoke as they picked the Mountain West all-conference selection.

The first big news at the Mountain West football media days dropped with the media's selection of the preseason all-conference teams. The quarterback position was to be contested between Fresno State's Derek Carr and newcomer David Fales of San Jose State, but the media went with the reigning 2012 offensive player of the year in Carr.

The defensive award was a bit more convoluted and my opinion thought that it would be Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence who had a great year in 2012, but the honor for preseason defensive player of the year went to Fresno State defensive back Derron Smith.

By no means is Smith a bad selection, he did have six interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and had 79 tackles. Lawrence was a force in getting behind the line of scrimmage with 13.5 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks, plus he missed out on two games this past year.

Fresno State led all teams with seven selections and they were followed by San Jose State who had five and Boise State had four selections. Defending tri-conference champions Boise State and San Diego State each had three.

With Fresno Sate landing seven first team members it would make sense that they would be the favorites to win the West division and the conference overall, but my sneaking suspicion is that Boise State will be crowned the preseason Mountain West champion.

2013 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

OFFENSE

QB Derek Carr * Sr. Fresno State
WR Davante Adams * So. Fresno State
WR Noel Grigsby Sr. San Jose State
RB Kasey Carrier ** Sr. New Mexico
RB Adam Muema ** Jr. San Diego State
OL Charles Leno ** Sr. Boise State
OL Matt Paradis * Sr. Boise State
OL Weston Richburg Sr. Colorado State
OL Austin Wentworth * Sr. Fresno State
OL Tyler Larsen Sr. Utah State
TE Marcel Jensen Sr. Fresno State

DEFENSE

DL Demarcus Lawrence * Jr. Boise State
DL Tyeler Davison * Jr. Fresno State
DL Brock Hekking ** Jr. Nevada
DL Travis Raciti Jr. San Jose State
LB Jake Fely ** Jr. San Diego State
LB Keith Smith Sr. San Jose State
LB Kyler Fackrell So. Utah State
DB L.J. Jones Sr. Fresno State
DB Derron Smith * Jr. Fresno State
DB Nat Berhe ** Sr. San Diego State
DB Bené Benwikere Sr. San Jose State

SPECIALISTS

P Ben Skaer Sr. New Mexico
PK Austin Lopez So. San Jose State
Ret. Chase Clayton Jr. New Mexico

PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State

PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Derron Smith, Jr., DB, Fresno State

PRESEASON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Chase Clayton, Jr., KR, New Mexico
* - member of the 2012 All-Mountain West first team.
** - member of the 2012 All-Mountain West second team.
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