July 24, 2018
LAS VEGAS– The 2018 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team was announced today at the league’s annual Media Summit, being held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The team, as selected by members of the media, features 17 student-athletes who were All-MW selections in 2017. The 25-member squad is comprised of 11 seniors, six juniors and eight sophomores.<p>Boise State senior quarterback Brett Rypien was named Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year, while Wyoming senior defensive back Andrew Wingard has earned Preseason MW Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the second consecutive year. Boise State sophomore return man Avery Williams garnered Preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year honors.
Rypien enters the 2018 campaign as the nation’s active leading passer, throwing for 9,876 yards and has thrown the fourth-most touchdown passes among active FBS quarterbacks (60) in 37 collegiate games. The native of Spokane, Washington, earned All-Mountain West first team honors in 2015 and ‘16, and second team accolades in 2017. Last season, Rypien threw for 2,857 yards and 16 touchdowns. The 2,857 passing yards were second-most among Mountain West signal-callers last year. During the past week, Rypien has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is given to the nation’s best quarterback, and the Maxwell Award, given to the best overall player nationally.
Wingard, who has earned first-team all-conference honors in back-to-back years, enters his senior season averaging 9.4 tackles per game, which ranks as the third-most among active FBS defenders. The native of Arvada, Colorado, enters 2018 with 367 career tackles, the sixth-most in Wyoming history. Wingard is just 88 tackles shy of setting the Mountain West record for career tackles, which is currently held by New Mexico’s Carmen Messina (2008-11). Last week, Wingard was named to the Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List, which is given to the top defensive player nationally.
Williams finished the 2017 campaign ranked 13th nationally in punt return average (11.2 yards), while returning two punts for touchdowns. Additionally, the native of Pasadena, California, averaged 24.7 yards per kick return on his way to earning All-Mountain West second team honors last season.
|2018 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team|
|QB||Brett Rypien**||Sr.||Boise State|
|WR||KeeSean Johnson*||Sr.||Fresno State|
|RB||Alexander Mattison||Jr.||Boise State|
|OL||Ezra Cleveland||So.||Boise State|
|OL||John Molchon||Jr.||Boise State|
|OL||Aaron Jenkins||Sr.||New Mexico|
|OL||Keith Ismael**||So.||San Diego State|
|OL||Tyler Roemer**||So.||San Diego State|
|TE||Dax Raymond||Jr.||Utah State|
|DL||David Moa**||Sr.||Boise State|
|DL||Curtis Weaver*||So.||Boise State|
|LB||Jeffrey Allison*||Jr.||Fresno State|
|DB||Tyler Horton*||Sr.||Boise State|
|DB||Tariq Thompson**||So.||San Diego State|
|P||Ryan Stonehouse||So.||Colorado State|
|PK||Dominik Eberle*||Jr.||Utah State|
|KR/PR||Avery Williams**||So.||Boise State|
|Offensive Player of the Year:
Brett Rypien, Sr., QB, Boise State
|Defensive Player of the Year:
Andrew Wingard, Sr., DB, Wyoming
|Special Teams Player of the Year:
Avery Williams, So., KR/PR, Boise State
|* – member of the 2017 All-Mountain West first team.
** – member of the 2017 All-Mountain West second team.