July 26, 2011
The Mountain West Conference released its 2011 preseason football poll on Tuesday, and the Wyoming Cowboys were selected sixth in the eight-team Mountain West. Boise State was picked as the preseason favorite, receiving 28 of 31 first-place votes from conference media members. Defending Champion TCU was picked second, receiving the other three first-place votes.
"It was about where I thought we would be picked heading into this season," said Wyoming's third-year head coach Dave Christensen. "But of course it isn't about where you are picked to start the year, it's about where you finish. I feel like we have an excellent group of leaders on our team, and I've never been around a team with a better work ethic. I can't wait to start fall practice, and I know our team feels the same way."
Wyoming had one player selected to the preseason First Team All-Mountain West team. Senior defensive end Josh Biezuns was named to the First Team defense. Biezuns earned Second Team All-Conference honors at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
"Josh's selection to the preseason All-Conference team is obviously well-deserved," said Christensen. "He needs to just stay focused on having his best year ever, and I know he will do that. I think we have several other players who could have All-Conference years if they stay focused on getting better every day in practice."
Following Boise State and TCU, Air Force was picked third. The San Diego State Aztecs came in fourth, followed by Colorado State (fifth), Wyoming (sixth), UNLV (seventh) and New Mexico (eighth).
The Cowboys report for spring practice on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and their first practice is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4 at 3:05 p.m. The Cowboys first week of practice will also include practices Friday and Saturday mornings at 8:45 a.m. Wyoming's first scrimmage is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8:45 a.m. Wyoming's fall practices will be open for the first 30 minutes of practice. The Cowboys' fall scrimmages will be open.
2011 Mountain West Football Preseason Poll
1. Boise State (28) 236
2. TCU (3) 208
3. Air Force 176
4. San Diego State 160
5. Colorado State 104
6. Wyoming 80
7. UNLV 77
8. New Mexico 39
2011 Mountain West Football All-Conference Team
DL Josh Biezuns** Sr. Wyoming
DL Billy Winn Sr. Boise State
DL Shea McClellin Sr. Boise State
DL Stansly Maponga** So. TCU
LB Tank Carder#* Sr. TCU
LB Mychal Sisson ** Sr. Colorado State
LB Miles Burris* Sr. San Diego State
DB George Iloka Sr. Boise State
DB Leon McFadden* Jr. San Diego State
DB Anthony Wright Sr. Air Force
DB Jon Davis Sr. Air Force
QB Kellen Moore Sr. Boise State
WR Phillip Payne Sr. UNLV
WR Josh Boyce So. TCU
RB Ronnie Hillman* So. San Diego State
RB Doug Martin Sr. Boise State
OL Nate Porter Sr. Boise State
OL A.J. Wallerstein** Sr. Air Force
OL Kyle Dooley Sr. TCU
OL Thomas Byrd Sr. Boise State
OL Paul Madsen** Sr. Colorado State
TE Lucas Reed* Jr. New Mexico
P Brian Stahovich* Sr. San Diego State
PK James Aho Sr. New Mexico
Ret. Jonathan Warzeka Sr. Air Force
Offensive Player of the Year: Kellen Moore, Sr., QB, Boise State
Defensive Player of the Year: Tank Carder, Sr., LB, TCU
Special Teams Player of the Year: Jonathan Warzeka, Sr., KR, Air Force
#Unanimous 2011 preseason selection
*Member of the 2010 All-Mountain West First Team
** Member of the 2010 All-Mountain West Second Team