July 22, 2013
LAS VEGAS -
The University of Wyoming football team was picked to finish fourth in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference in the preseason poll of conference media members, released Monday by the league.
The poll is tallied by league-wide media voting, and UW is slated to be in the No. 4 spot in the Mountain Division at the end of the season, behind Boise State, Utah State and Air Force. UW garnered 116 points from the voting, trailing Boise State (245), Utah State (204) and Air Force with 143.
This season marks the first time in conference history for divisional play. Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming make up the Mountain Division, with Fresno State, Hawai`i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV comprising the West Division. Fresno State was picked to win the West Division.
The two divisional winners will meet in the inaugural MW Championship Game, which will be Dec. 7 and hosted at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.
Since the MW began play in 1999, only six teams chosen by the league media to win the conference crown have actually done so, and only twice has the title been shared by multiple teams.
Wyoming opens the regular season at Nebraska on Aug. 31.
Mountain West Media Preseason Poll
(First-place votes ) / Points
1. Boise State (40) / 245
2. Utah State (1) / 204
3. Air Force / 143
4. Wyoming / 116
5. Colorado State / 90
6. New Mexico / 63
(First-place votes) / Points
1. Fresno State (39) / 243
2. San Diego State (1)/ 181
3. San Jose State (1) / 172
4. Nevada / 135
5. UNLV / 71
6. Hawai`i / 59
The entire MW preseason team, as selected by members of the media, comprises 25 honorees.
No Cowboys were selected to the preseason team, which is as follows:
QB Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State
WR Davante Adams, So., Fresno State
WR Noel Grigsby, Sr., San Jose State
RB Kasey Carrier, Sr., New Mexico
RB Adam Muema, Jr., San Diego State
OL Charles Leno, Sr., Boise State
OL Matt Paradis, Sr., Boise State
OL Weston Richburg, Sr., Colorado State
OL Austin Wentworth, Sr., Fresno State
OL Tyler Larsen, Sr., Utah State
TE Marcel Jensen, Sr., Fresno State
DL Demarcus Lawrence, Jr., Boise State
DL Tyeler Davison, Jr., Fresno State
DL Brock Hekking, Jr., Nevada
DL Travis Raciti, Jr., San Jose State
LB Jake Fely, Jr., San Diego State
LB Keith Smith, Sr., San Jose State
LB Kyler Fackrell, So., Utah State
DB L.J. Jones, Sr., Fresno State
DB Derron Smith, Jr., Fresno State
DB Nat Berhe, Sr., San Diego State
DB Bené Benwikere, Sr., San Jose State
P Ben Skaer, Sr., New Mexico
PK Austin Lopez, So., San Jose State
Ret. Chase Clayton, Jr., New Mexico
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Derron Smith, Jr., DB, Fresno State
Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year: Chase Clayton, Jr., KR, New Mexico