Mountain West football fans will have at least a pair of this season's standouts to cheer for come January's stretch of All-Star games.
It was announced Saturday that Nevada defensive end Brock Hekking and Air Force kicker Will Conant will each play for the National team in the Medal of Honor Bowl. The second annual all-star game kicks off Saturday, Jan. 10, in The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Hekking was a redshirt senior who made 50 tackles (24 solo), recorded 4 1/2 sacks and recovered one fumble while playing in all 12 of the Wolf Pack's games this season. Conant was 19-21 (90.5 percent) kicking fields goals, including going 11-13 from 30 or more yards.
The All-Star game was established after last season as a way for the nation's top draft eligible players to showcase their talent in front of professional scouts and coaches. This year's game will be televised for a national audience on NBC Sports.
Former NFL and college coach Chan Gailey will lead National, while former South Carolina State coach Willie Jeffries will coach American.
Ralph Friedgen's American squad defeated Chan Gailey's National team 20-3 in last year's inaugural game, in front of a crowd of 7,000 in Charleston, S.C.