2000 All-Mountain West Conference Football Team Announced

Nov. 29, 2000

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2000 All-Mountain West Conferenceteams and honorees as voted by the league's eight head coaches:

Offensive Player of the Year
Matt Newton, Sr., QB, Colorado State
Mike Thiessen, Sr., QB, Air Force

Defensive Player of the Year
Rick Crowell, Sr., LB, Colorado State

Freshman of the Year
Jason Kaufusi, DL, Utah
Brandon Ratcliff, DB, New Mexico

Coach of the Year
Sonny Lubick, Colorado State
John Robinson, UNLV

All-Mountain West First-Team

Offense

Pos.   Player             Cl.  SchoolWR     Ryan Fleming       Jr.  Air ForceWR     Pete Rebstock      Jr.  Colorado StateOL     John Greer**       Sr.  UNLVOL     Tim Stuber         Sr.  Colorado StateOL     Doug Kaufusi       Jr.  UtahOL     David Heldebrand   Sr.  Air ForceOL     Justin Borvansky   Sr.  Colorado StateTE     Jose Ochoa         Jr.  Colorado StateQB     Matt Newton        Sr.  Colorado StateQB     Mike Thiessen      Sr.  Air ForceRB     Jeremi Rudolph     Sr.  UNLVRB     Cecil Sapp         So.  Colorado StatePK     Owen Pochman       Sr.  BYUPR/KR  Pete Rebstock      Jr.  Colorado State

Defense

Pos.   Player             Cl.  SchoolDL     Patrick Chukwurah  Sr.  WyomingDL     Setema Gali        Sr.  BYUDL     Brian Johnson      Jr.  New MexicoDL     Anton Palepoi      Jr.  UNLVLB     Rick Crowell**     Sr.  Colorado StateLB     Kautai Olevao      Sr.  UtahLB     Justin Ena         Jr.  BYUDB     Andre Dyson**      Sr.  UtahDB     Kevin Thomas       Jr.  UNLVDB     John Howell        Sr.  Colorado StateDB     Will Demps         Jr.  San Diego StateP      Aaron Edmonds      Jr.  BYU

**--Unanimous Selection

All-Mountain West Second-Team

Offense

Pos.   Player             Cl.  SchoolWR     Steve Smith        Sr.  UtahWR     J.R. Tolver        So.  San Diego StateOL     Jon Samuelson      Sr.  New MexicoOL     Adam Goldberg      So.  WyomingOL     David Moreno       Jr.  San Diego StateOL     Jason Scukanec     Jr.  BYUOL     Matt Dayoc         Sr.  Air ForceTE     Tevita Ofahengaue  Sr.  BYURB     Adam Tate          Jr.  UtahRB     Luke Staley        So.  BYUPK     Dave Adams         Sr.  Air ForcePR/KR  Steve Smith        Sr.  Utah

Defense

Pos.   Player             Cl.  SchoolDL     Chris Hoke         Sr.  BYUDL     Hans Olsen         Sr.  BYUDL     Jerome Haywood     Jr.  San Diego StateDL     Pete Hogan         So.  Colorado StateLB     Mike Barnett       Sr.  New MexicoLB     Jomar Butler       Jr.  San Diego StateLB     C.J. Zanotti       Sr.  Air ForceDB     Jared Lee          Sr.  BYUDB     Ricky Sharpe       So.  San Diego StateDB     Justin Gallimore   Jr.  Colorado StateDB     Stephen Persley    Jr.  New MexicoP      Brian Simnjanovski So.  San Diego State

*Because of a tie for first-team quarterback, there is no second-teamquarterback.

Honorable Mention

Air Force: Terrance Barreau, OL, Qualario Brown, RB, Wes Glisson, DB, Chris Jessop, TE, Scotty McKay RB, Ben Miller, OL, Corey Nelson, LB, Justin Pendry, DL, Matt Pommer, LB. BYU: Ben Archibald, OL, Margin Hooks, WR, Aaron McCubbins, OL, Ford Poston, OL, Dustin Rykert, OL. Colorado State: Jamie Bennett, DL, Broc Finlaysaon, OL, Joey Huber, P, C.W. Hurst, PK, Broderick Lancaster, OL, Mike Mackenzie, DL, Frank Rice, WR, David Shohet, OL, Aaron Sprague, DB, David Vickers, LB. New Mexico: Jarrod Baxter, RB, Walter Bernard, DB, Rantie Harper, DB, David Mauer, LB, Cort Moffitt, P, Brandon Ratcliff, DB, Henry Stephens, DL, Holmon Wiggins, RB. San Diego State: Brian Berg, LB, Mike Houghton, OL, Johnathan Ingram, OL, Chester Pitts, OL, Brian Russell, DB, Lon Sheriff, QB. UNLV: Randy Black, DB, Sam Brandon, DB, Kevin Brown, RB, Ray Cheetany, P, Troy Mason, PR/KR, Tony Terrell, OL, Nate Turner, WR. Utah: Andy Bowers, DL, Brandon Dart, DB, Patrick Dyson, DB, Jordan Gross, OL, Jason Kaufusi, DL, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, DL, Steve McKane, OL, Matt Nickel, TE, Jason Potter, DB, Michael Richardson, OL/TE, Cliff Russell, WR, Garrett Smith, DL, Ed Ta'amu, OL, Wes Tufaga, LB. Wyoming: Aaron Elling, PK, Lamar James, DB, Ryan McGuffey, WR, Kwabena Peprah, LB, Jay Stoner, QB.