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Phil Steele releases All-Mountain West teams

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The four-team all league roster is announced by Phil Steele.

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Phil Steele’s magazine is out and it is a much anticipated read for college football fans as both for information and a resource to be able to lookup team details.

He is one of the few publications that go four deep on all-conference teams and he produced his Mountain West selections.

Overall, Boise State, Utah State and San Diego State lead the league with five players named as first-team selections.

The biggest, and best, surprise on the first team is seeing Utah State defensive tackle Travis Seefeldt be selected. Last year, he was one of five Aggie students involved in a car accident and missed all of the 2015 season recovering.

The skill positions are dominated by Boise State with quarterback Brett Rypien, running back Jeremy McNichols and wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck, and the Broncos defense very likely will be the most balanced and explosive.

The Aggies look to have the best offensive line with a pair of first-team selections and then two others make the cut overall.

It is very hard to find any complaints about the first-team picks. An argument could be made to put New Mexico linebacker Dakota Cox and Nevada defensive back Dameon Baber on the first-team, but seeing them on the second-team is a good reward.

One of the bigger surprises is not seeing San Jose State quarterback Kenny Potter on this four-team preseason list. Steele is high on UNLV QB Johnny Stanton and while he is technically battling Kurt Palandech for the starting job, but head coach Tony Sanchez is leaning toward Stanton.

"Stanton's a little bit ahead. That's why we gave him the start in the (spring) game, just for his ability to be a natural thrower," Sanchez said after the Rebels spring game.

Then there is Utah State’s Kent Myers who has potential to be very good now that he is the guy in Logan, Utah, as a junior to see what he can do with Chuckie Keeton no longer around.

One player not listed is Hawaii defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii but he is currently suspended and his status for 2016 is unclear.

Here is the complete set of teams.