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The Mountain West Connection All-MWC 2019 Preseason Team

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Our version of the all-conference team.

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It’s Media Days week!!! That is the unofficial start to the football season. It’s a great time to get hyped about your team and start getting nuggets of football news. Here at MWCConnection, we are getting involved in the fun by releasing our own pre-season content.

The official MWC media team will be released at Media Days this week. However, we are getting ahead of the game by debuting our preseason All-MWC team today. Members of our team submitted a list and we took the top vote getters at each position to form our team. Since offensive formations are so different, we put 2 RBs and 2 WRs on the team, plus a FLEX, which can either a RB or WR. Defensively, we just use a traditional 4-3 for its positions. For special teams, we have a kicker, a punter, and a returner. For reference, here was our post-season 2018 team from November.

Disclaimer: There are lots of great players in the conference and only so many spots. Arguments can be made for many guys to be mentioned or on a higher team. There will always be snubs. Always. Try to treat this list as a group of guys who are for the most part deserving but it’s not as inclusive as it should be. There are other deserving players as well, but we feel everyone who did make it is deserving.

With that being said, here is the 2019 Mountain West Connection All-MWC Preseason Team:

First Team:

Quarterback

  • Jordan Love (Utah State)

Running Back

  • Juwan Washington (SDSU)
  • Toa Taua (Nevada)

Wide Receivers

  • Cedric Byrd (Hawaii)
  • John Hightower (Boise State)

Flex

  • Khalil Shakir (Boise State)

Tight End

  • Jared Rice (Fresno State)

Offensive Line

  • Ezra Cleveland (Boise State)
  • Keith Ismael (SDSU)
  • John Molchon (Boise State)
  • Jake Nelson (Nevada)
  • Netane Muti (Fresno State)

Defensive Line

  • Curtis Weaver (Boise State)
  • Jordan Jackson (Air Force)
  • Tipa Galeai (Utah State)
  • Devon Anderson (Utah State)

Linebackers

  • David Woodward (Utah State)
  • Kyahva Tezino (SDSU)
  • Mykal Walker (Fresno State)

Defensive Backs

  • Juju Hughes (Fresno State)
  • DJ Williams (Utah State)
  • Tariq Thompson (SDSU)
  • Deandre Pierce (Boise State)

Kicker

  • Dominik Eberle (Utah State)

Punter

  • Ryan Stonehouse (Colorado State)

Returner

  • Savon Scarver (Utah State)

Second Team:

Quarterback

  • Cole McDonald (Hawaii)

Running Back

  • Ronnie Rivers (Fresno State)
  • Gerold Bright (Utah State)

Wide Receivers

  • JoJo Ward (Hawaii)
  • Kaleb Fossum (Nevada)

Flex

  • Trey Walker (SJSU)

Tight End

  • Cameron Butler (Colorado State)

Offensive Line

  • John Ojukwu (Boise State)
  • Justin Polu (UNLV)
  • Scott Hattok (Air Force)
  • Jacob Capra (SDSU)
  • Solo Vaipulu (Hawaii)

Defensive Line

  • Kaimana Padello (Hawaii)
  • Scale Igiehon (Boise State)
  • Aaron Blackwell (New Mexico)
  • Gabe McCoy (UNLV)

Linebackers

  • Logan Wilson (Wyoming)
  • Ezekiel Noa (Boise State)
  • Ethan Aguayo (San Jose State)

Defensive Backs

  • Rashad Ajayi (Colorado State)
  • Jeremy Fejedelem (Air Force)
  • Jaron Bryant (Fresno State)
  • Tyler Hall (Wyoming)

Kicker

  • Cooper Rothe (Wyoming)

Punter

  • Tyson Dyer (New Mexico)

Returner

  • Avery Williams (Boise State)

Edit (We incorrectly listed two players on our teams, despite them graduating. That has been fixed and the team breakdown has been recalculated. #WeRegretTheError).

Breakdown by team (1st team in parenthesis):

  • Boise State: 10 (6)
  • Utah State: 8 (7)
  • Fresno State: 6 (4)
  • San Diego State: 6 (4)
  • Hawaii: 4 (1)
  • Nevada: 3 (2)
  • Air Force: 3 (1)
  • Wyoming: 3 (0)
  • Colorado State: 3 (1)
  • UNLV: 2 (0)
  • New Mexico: 2 (0)
  • San Jose State: 2 (0)

Notes:

  • There were 11 unanimous selections this year. Love, Washington, Byrd, Cleveland, Ismael, Molchon, Weaver, Jackson, Woodward, Stonehouse, and Scarver.
  • 2nd team QB, both Flex spots, spots 5-8 on the OL, the last LB spot, 2nd team DL, 2nd team DB, and 2nd team returner were the closest races as those positions figured to be deep in the conference this season. Keep an eye out to see what happens during the season and who ends up on our post-season team.
  • Air Force FB Cole Fagan would’ve appeared on this team if he was on the Falcon roster this season.
  • McCoy has moved to LB from DL, but is still highlighted among the DL here.

There it is. So let’s hear it. Who did we snub? Who did we put on here that shouldn’t be? Let’s hear you feedback in the comments section.

Coming tomorrow: Our pre-season awards picks and picks for division standings and conference champion.