Utah State’s Nick Vigil, Matt Wells claim top spots in Mountain West Media Poll

LOGAN, Utah – In a poll released by members of the media that cover football in the Mountain West, Utah State junior linebacker Nick Vigil and head coach Matt Wells were tabbed the best defensive player and best coach, respectively, in the conference.

The <em>Las Vegas Review-Journal</em> polled one media member at each of the 12 conference schools to rank the top-five choices in 10 categories, ranging from best offensive and defensive players to best college towns and road trips.

Utah State redshirt senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the conference’s third-best offensive player, trailing Colorado State wide receiver Rashard Higgins and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey. Keeton also ranks second in the top expected storylines with the question being whether he will remain healthy this year.

Senior linebacker Kyler Fackrell was tabbed the MW’s third-best defensive player, trailing Vigil, his teammate, and Boise State defensive lineman Kamalei Correa.

Utah State was tabbed the second-best program in the conference. Boise State earned the top honor in that category with a unanimous vote. USU also ranked tied for third with Wyoming for best college towns and was fourth in best game-day atmosphere.

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MEDIA POLL (First-Place Votes)

BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

1. Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State (8) 54

2. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State (3) 45

<strong>3. Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State (1) 33</strong>

4. Devonte Boyd, WR, UNLV 17

5. Marteze Waller, RB, Fresno State 16

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

<strong>1. Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State (3) 42</strong>

2. Kamalei Correa, DL, Boise State (3) 33

<strong>3. Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State (1) 20</strong>

4. Darian Thompson, DB, Boise State (2) 18

5. Eddie Yarbrough, DL, Wyoming (1) 17

BEST COACHES

<strong>1. Matt Wells, Utah State (6) 51</strong>

2. Bryan Harsin, Boise State (4) 43

T3. Troy Calhoun, Air Force (2) 32

T3. Rocky Long, San Diego State 32

5. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State 15

BEST PROGRAMS

1. Boise State (12) 60

<strong>2. Utah State 36</strong>

3. Fresno State 28

4. San Diego State 26

T5. Air Force 15

T5. Colorado State 15

TOP EXPECTED STORYLINES

1. Will Boise State take a step back or again be the face of the Mountain West? (7) 41

<strong>2. Can Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton remain healthy? (1) 32</strong>

3. Who will be the conference’s starting quarterbacks? (2) 19

4. How will UNLV coach Tony Sanchez do after making the leap from high school? 17

T5. Can Colorado State first-year coach Mike Bobo successfully follow Jim McElwain? 12

T5. Will the Mountain Division dominate the West again? (1) 12

BEST GAME-DAY ATMOSPHERES

1. Boise State (8) 52

2. Fresno State (3) 38

3. Air Force (1) 29

<strong>4. Utah State 15</strong>

T5. UNR 14

T5. Wyoming 14

BEST COLLEGE TOWNS

1. Fort Collins, Colo. (6) 45

2. Boise, Idaho (4) 39

T3. Laramie, Wyo. (1) 27

<strong>T3.</strong> <strong>Logan, Utah 27</strong>

T5. Fresno, Calif. 10

T5. Reno 10

BEST ROAD TRIPS

1. San Diego (5) 51

2. Las Vegas (3) 40

3. Honolulu (3) 31

T4. Fort Collins, Colo. (1) 14

T4. Reno 14

BEST CITIES FOR RESTAURANTS

1. Las Vegas (7) 52

2. San Diego (4) 46

3. Honolulu (1) 25

4. San Jose, Calif. 19

5. Boise, Idaho 10

BEST CITIES FOR NIGHTLIFE

1. Las Vegas (11) 57

2. San Diego 42

3. Honolulu (1) 28

T4. Fort Collins, Colo. 14

T4. San Jose, Calif. 1

-USU-

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