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Making The Rounds: 7/31/10

Wyoming -

The Cowboys were picked to finish 5th this season by the media.

Defending MWC football champion TCU was predicted to capture its second consecutive title in 2010. Utah was chosen second with 242 points. BYU was picked third with 207 points. Air Force was chosen fourth with 195 points, followed by Wyoming (5th - 147 points), San Diego State (6th - 128 points), Colorado State (7th - 96 points), UNLV (8th - 56 points) and New Mexico (9th - 45 points).

That wasn't the only thing that involved Wyoming at the media days, Safety Chris Prosinski and Linebacker Brian Hendricks were voted to the All-MWC Second Team.

As a sophomore, Hendricks ranked 12th in the nation in tackles, averaging 10.5 tackles per game. He also recorded 23 tackles in a road game at Air Force, which was the best single-game performance in the nation in `09.

Prosinski led the 'Pokes in tackles as a junior with 140, which ranked No. 10 in the nation. He was voted a team captain by his teammates in the spring of 2010. He will enter his senior season having started the last 25 consecutive games at free safety for the Cowboys. Prosinski has 265 career tackles to his credit, and he needs only 10 more to break into the Top 10 list in career tackles at Wyoming.


New Mexico -

The Lobos say that this week's MWC Football Media Days motivated them to prove the MWC naysayers wrong.

We have to go out and prove the naysayers wrong and prove that we are a program that is getting better,"

In other news, UNM is also doing a "Pave The Pit" campaign in which you can have your name be printed on the new concrete at The Pit.

Always wanted to see your name in lights? How about set in stone? University of New Mexico sports fans have the opportunity to leave their mark on the newly-renovated Pit. The Pave The Pit campaign is one of the premier opportunities for all Lobo fans to become a part of The Pit. Fans can purchase a paver that will be cemented near the main entrance of the arena on the northeast corner. A paver is a perfect gift for a family member, friend, company or to honor any individual.


Colorado State -

Cinch Jeans will sponsor the Rocky Mountain Showdown presented by Dr. Pepper and Ultimate Electronics.

"Cinch Jeans and Shirts sponsors CSU's 'Legends of Ranch Horse Sale' and Cinch also sponsors 'The Running of Ralphie' with CU. We have many CSU and CU grads employed here at Cinch and 'The Rocky Mountain Showdown' has always been a great event that highlights this awesome Colorado rivalry. We wish both of these great Colorado universities the very best of luck."

San Diego State -

San Diego State was picked to finish the season 6th in the MWC this season, but note that they have finished ahead of their pre-season ranking 4 out of the last 5 seasons.

The sixth-place ranking in the preseason poll is the highest for an Aztec team since also being selected sixth prior to the 2006 campaign. San Diego State has finished at or higher than its projected preseason ranking in four of the last five seasons.

The Aztecs also had Three of their players named to the All-MWC list.

Brown was one of the top receivers in the country last season before suffering a season-ending thumb injury. Nonetheless, he earned second-team all-conference honors and enters his final year with 140 receptions, 1,758 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns receiving. Brown is on the preseason all-conference list for the second consecutive season, the first SDSU player to do so since current New Orleans Saints running back Lynell Hamilton was tabbed in 2004 and 2005.

Despite playing his home games at sea level, Stahovich was one of the nation's top punters a year ago as a sopohomore. In 2009, he averaged 43.8 yards per kick and had 13 of his boots downed inside the 20. He was 13th in the country a year ago in punting average.

With 33 career games played, Umuolo has established himself as one of the premier tight ends on the West coast. Last season, he caught a career-high 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns.

I was a little surprised to see that Ryan Lindley didn't make the list.



Apparently TCU Football has been helping out at a local dog park.

Earlier this month, TCU football players Kevin Sharples and Curtis Clay helped renovate the Fort Woof dog park with SLANT 45, a service-learning program that works in conjunction with the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and Big Thought.

TCU's Andy Dlaton has been named to the Manning Award Watch List

Dalton was one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award last season in addition to being named to a pair of All-America teams. It's the third national award to tab Dalton as a candidate in 2010. He also appears on watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Award.



Kyle Helms has been hired as assistant coach for the UNLV women's golf team.

"Kyle is a great addition to our program," said Bush. "He brings an incredible amount of knowledge along with the great experience he gained throughout his golfing career. Kyle will be an asset to UNLV."


Utah -

Utah was picked to finish this season second behind the Horned Frogs by the media this week.

In a poll of media members who cover the Mountain West Conference, the Utah football team was predicted to finish second in its final year in the league. The Utes received 242 points to finish behind TCU (279 points). The results of the 2011 MWC Preseason Poll were announced today at the MWC Football Media Day being held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. The event continues through Wednesday.

The remainder of the MWC preseason poll had Brigham Young third with 207 points, followed by Air Force (195), Wyoming (147), San Diego State (128), Colorado State (96), UNLV (56) and New Mexico (45).

They also had four players make the MWC All-Conference Team.

Four of those returning starters were selected to the preseason all-conference team: senior running back Eddie Wide, senior offensive linemen Caleb Schlauderaff and Zane Taylor, and junior defensive back Brandon Burton. Wide is a returning first-team all-MWC performer, while Schlauderaff and Taylor made the second team in 2009.



BYU Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall is holding a benefit called the Gridiron Rumble.

BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall and members of the Cougar coaching staff will participate in the Gridiron Rumble motorcycle ride on Saturday, July 31, to benefit people with special needs.

BYU's basketball opponent in Vermont has announced ticket information for the game.

The Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y., has announced ticket information for BYU basketball’s matchup vs. Vermont on Dec. 8, 2010.

The game is a homecoming for senior All-America guard Jimmer Fredette, who grew up in Glens Falls and led Glens Falls High School to the Class A New York state title game at the Civic Center as a senior.


Air Force -

Apparently Air Force cornerback Reggie Rembert is looking to go pro after this season.

I want a lot more interceptions, I want to be an All-American – those are a couple of my goals – and I’d like to play in the (National Football) League so that means I’d have to have a good season this year," Rembert said.

The path to the NFL is difficult for any service academy player, because of the two-year commitment after graduation. And at 5-8 and 185 pounds Rembert is not ideal size for a NFL cornerback. Rembert admitted that it would be tough, and perhaps if he went to another school his NFL chances would be better. But former teammate Ben Garland gives him someone to emulate.