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2018 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team

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
WR McLane Mannix So. Nevada
RB Alexander Mattison Jr. Boise State
RB Lexington Thomas* Sr. UNLV
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
DL Youhanna Ghaifan* Jr. Wyoming
DL Carl Granderson* Sr. Wyoming
LB Jeffrey Allison* Jr. Fresno State
LB Jahlani Tavai** Sr. Hawai‘i
LB Malik Reed Sr. Nevada
DB Tyler Horton* Sr. Boise State
DB Dameon Baber* Sr. Nevada
DB Tariq Thompson** So. San Diego State
DB Andrew Wingard Sr. Wyoming
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.

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