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2012 Mountain West Media Days: Fresno State QB Derek Carr Named Preseason Offensive Player Of The Year

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LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: Baker Steinkuhler #55 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers chases Derek Carr #4 of the Fresno State Bulldogs during their game at Memorial Stadium September 10, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: Baker Steinkuhler #55 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers chases Derek Carr #4 of the Fresno State Bulldogs during their game at Memorial Stadium September 10, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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The preseason team predictions are in the books at the 2012 edition of Mountain West media days, and now come out are who the media believes will be the best performers in the upcoming season. The top billed awards went to Fresno St. Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr for offensive player of the year, San Diego St. Aztecs defensive back Leon McFadden was named the defensive player of the year and the prestigious special teams award went to Boise St. Broncos returner Mitch Burroughs.

It is a minor upset that Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith did not earn the honor over Carr. Those were the only two logical selections for the quarterback position, and with it not being unanimous there were likely media members who chose Smith.

Boise State leads the way with four first-team selections -- five if you include Burroughs -- they are the preseason favorites. While coming in second is a surprise as Colorado State earned four players to the preseason first-team.

On the other end of the spectrum both UNLV and New Mexico had no players make the cut this year, and justifies their bottom two rankings in the preseason prediction.

2012 Mountain West Football
Preseason All-Conference Team
Offense
QB Derek Carr Jr. Fresno State

WR Matt Miller R-So. Boise State

WR Colin Lockett Jr. San Diego State

RB Robbie Rouse Sr. Fresno State

RB Chris Nwoke** Jr. Colorado State

OL Chris Barker Sr. Nevada

OL Joe Kellogg R-Sr. Boise State

OL Weston Richburg** Jr. Colorado State

OL Nick Carlson** Sr. Wyoming

OL Jeff Nady Sr. Nevada

TE Gavin Escobar* Jr. San Diego State

Defense
DL Mike Purcell Sr. Wyoming

DL Mike Atkinson R-Sr. Boise State

DL Paipai Falemalu Sr. Hawai`i

DL Jack Reynoso Jr. Nevada

LB Travis Brown Sr. Fresno State

LB Shaquil Barrett Jr. Colorado State

LB Alex Means Sr. Air Force

DB Leon McFadden* Sr. San Diego State

DB Duke Williams Sr. Nevada

DB Luke Ruff** Sr. Wyoming

DB Jamar Taylor R-Sr. Boise State

Specialists
P Pete Kontodiakos** Sr. Colorado State

PK Parker Herrington#* Sr. Air Force

Ret. Mitch Burroughs R-Sr. Boise State

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year:
Derek Carr, Jr., QB, Fresno State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year:
Leon McFadden, Sr., DB, San Diego State
Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year:
Mitch Burroughs, R-Sr., RS, Boise State
# - unanimous 2012 preseason selection.
* - member of the 2011 All-Mountain West first-team.
** - member of the 2011 All-Mountain West second-team.

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