The Mountain West media days are underway as the league announced its all-conference teams as well as the players of the year for the conference.
The players of the year come as no surprise as the offensive player of the year is Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton, Fresno State defensive back Derron Smith is tabbed as the preseason defensive player and special teams player of the year goes to New Mexico returner Carlos Wiggins.
There are not too many surprises as for who made the all-Mountain West team. One curious item is San Diego State running back Donnell Pumphrey being named the first team running back along side Jay Ajayi, because there is talk at San Diego State that Pumphrey could be sharing time. My pick would have gone to Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa.
The biggest surprise could be the snub of zero San Diego State linebackers made the cut and the only Aztec to make the defensive team was defensive back J.J. Whittaker.
Here is the preseason all-conference team.
|2014 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM|
|QB||Chuckie Keeton||Sr.||Utah State|
|WR||Matt Miller||Sr.||Boise State|
|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|
|TE||Kivon Cartwright||Sr.||Colorado State|
|DL||Tyeler Davison**||Sr.||Fresno State|
|DL||B.J. Larsen**||Sr.||Utah State|
|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|
|PK||Jared Roberts*||Sr.||Colorado State|
|Ret.||Carlos Wiggins*||Jr.||New Mexico|
.@FresnoStateFB’s Derron Smith has been selected the Preseason #MWFB Defensive Player of the Year #mw pic.twitter.com/L9ZNsS8krQ— Mountain West (@mountainwest) July 22, 2014
.@USUFootball quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been tabbed the preseason #MWFB Offensive Player of the Year #mw pic.twitter.com/unBhvfyTmW— Mountain West (@mountainwest) July 22, 2014
.@NewMexicoFB KR Carlos Wiggins has been picked as the preseason #MWFB Special Teams Player of the Year #mw pic.twitter.com/KN3NlxGmCJ— Mountain West (@mountainwest) July 22, 2014