2002 All-Mountain West Conference Football Team Announced

Dec. 10, 2002

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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The Mountain West Conference announced its 2002 football awards today. The league's eight head coaches and conference-wide media panel selected the all-conference teams, coach, offensive player, defensive player and freshman awards.

New Mexico head coach Rocky Long captured Coach of the Year honors, while Bradlee Van Pelt of Colorado State and Jamaal Brimmer of UNLV were selected the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Freshman of the Year honors went to DonTrell Moore of New Mexico.

Offensive Player of the Year
Bradlee Van Pelt, Jr., QB, Colorado State

Defensive Player of the Year
Jamaal Brimmer, So., DB, UNLV

Freshman of the Year
DonTrell Moore, Fr., RB, New Mexico

Coach of the Year
Rocky Long, New Mexico

All-Mountain West First-Team

Offense

Pos.   Player              Cl.  SchoolQB     Bradlee Van Pelt    Jr.  Colorado StateWR     J.R. Tolver*        Sr.  San Diego StateWR     Kassim Osgood       Sr.  San Diego StateRB     Cecil Sapp*/**      Sr.  Colorado StateRB     DonTrell Moore      Fr.  New MexicoTE     Joel Dreessen       So.  Colorado StateOL     Jordan Gross*       Sr.  UtahOL     Morgan Pears        Sr.  Colorado StateOL     Adam Goldberg**     Sr.  WyomingOL     Dustin Rykert       Sr.  BYUOL     Tony Terrell        Sr.  UNLVPK     Joey Ashcroft       Jr.  Air ForcePR/KR  Dexter Wynn         Jr.  Colorado State

Defense

Pos.   Player              Cl.  SchoolDL     Peter Hogan         Sr.  Colorado StateDL     Jason Kaufusi**     Jr.  UtahDL     Brady Poppinga      So.  BYUDL     Garrett Smith**     Sr.  UtahLB     Kirk Morrison       So.  San Diego StateLB     Charles Moss        Sr.  New MexicoLB     Anthony Schlegel    So.  Air ForceDB     Jamaal Brimmer      So.  UNLVDB     Wes Crawley         Sr.  Air ForceDB     Brandon Ratcliff    Jr.  New MexicoDB     Antwoine Sanders    Jr.  UtahP      Matt Payne          So.  BYU

*--Unanimous Selection
**--Two Time First-Team Selection

All-Mountain West Second-Team

Offense

Pos.   Player              Cl.  SchoolQB     Chance Harridge     Jr.  Air ForceWR     Reno Mahe           Sr.  BYUWR     Earvin Johnson      So.  UNLVRB     Brandon Warfield    Jr.  UtahRB     Joe Haro            Sr.  UNLVTE     Spencer Nead        Sr.  BYUOL     Johnathan Ingram    Sr.  San Diego StateOL     Claude Terrell      So.  New MexicoOL     Jason Lenzmeier     Jr.  New MexicoOL     Jesse Underbakke    Jr.  Air ForceOL     Mark Dreyer         Jr.  Colorado StatePK     Jeff Babcock        So.  Colorado StatePR/KR  Dwight Counter      Jr.  New Mexico

Defense

Pos.   Player              Cl.  SchoolDL     Daniel Kegler       Jr.  New MexicoDL     D.J. Renteria       Jr.  New MexicoDL     Lauvale Sape        Sr.  UtahDL     Amon Arnold         Sr.  San Diego StateLB     Adam Seward         So.  UNLVLB     Eric Pauly          Jr.  Colorado StateLB     Sheldon Deckart     Sr.  UtahDB     Dave Revill         Jr.  UtahDB     Rhett Nelson        Sr.  Colorado StateDB     Dexter Wynn         Jr.  Colorado StateDB     Jeff Shoate         Jr.  San Diego StateP      Joey Huber          Sr.  Colorado State

Honorable Mention

Air Force: Joel Buelow, DB; Larry Duncan, DB; Brett Huyser, OL; Blane Neufeld, OL; Leotis Palmer, RB; Adam Strecker, TE. BYU: Colby Bockwoldt, LB; Aaron Francisco, DB; Brandon Heaney, DB; Isaac Herring, OL; Scott Jackson, OL; Reno Mahe PR/KR; Ifo Pili, DL; Gabriel Reid, TE; Matt Payne PK; Mike Tanner, LB; Paul Walkenhorst, LB; Marcus Whalen, RB. Colorado State: Matt Bartz, TE; Benny Mastropaolo, DB; Chris Pittman, WR; Bryan Save, DL; Wallace Thomas, DL; David Vickers, DB; Adam Wade, LB; Drew Wood, LB. New Mexico: Hebrews Josue, DL; Nick Speegle, LB; Billy Strother, LB. San Diego State: Kyle Conerly PR/KR; Brendan Darby, OL; Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, DL; Adam Hall, QB; Jared Ritter, DL; Ricky Sharpe, DB; Brian Simnjanovski, P/PK. UNLV: Connie Brown, DB; Dietrich Canterberry, DL; Larry Croom, RB; Chris Eagen, DL; DeJhown Mandley, TE; Tyrone Tucker, LB. Utah: Brooks Bahr, LB; Paris Jackson, WR; Chris Kemoeatu, OL; Brian Lewis, P; Josh Lyman, WR; Dustin McQuivey, OL; Bo Nagahi PR/KR; Josh Savage, DL; Morgan Scalley, PR/KR. Wyoming: Jovon Bouknight, WR-PR/KR; Casey Bramlet, QB; Luke Donovan, P; Jacque Finn, DB; Trenton Franz, OL; Tyler Gottschalk, LB; Scottie Vines, WR-PR/KR; Nate Young Jr., DB.

Breakdown

           First-Team   Second-TeamSeniors        12             9Juniors         6            12Sophomores      6             4Freshmen        1             0

Notes

  • DonTrell Moore is first freshman in MWC history to be an all-conference selection (first- or second-team).
  • Highest number of first-team sophomore selections (6), surpassing the previous high of three on the 2001 squad.
  • Fewest number of senior first-team choices (12). Previous low was 14 on the 2000 squad.
  • Highest number of sophomore first- and second-team selections (10). Previous high was nine in 2001.
  • Fewest number of senior first- and second-team selections (22). Previous low was 25 in 2000.