USU picked dead-last in Mountain West preseason poll

LAS VEGAS – The Mountain West preseason media poll and all-conference team lists are out – and they aren’t very complimentary of the Aggies.

The only spot Utah State is listed is at the bottom. Last year’s three-win team is predicted to finish sixth – dead last – in the preseason poll. The team’s 28 votes are less than all teams, regardless of division. Not one USU player made the preseason all-conference team. Air Force and Fresno State are the only other teams without a player listed.

Boise State was picked to finish first in the Mountain Division, followed by Colorado State and Wyoming. San Diego State, last year’s champions, are picked to finish first in the West Division.

The complete rankings, given to CacheValleyDaily.com from USU Athletics Media Relations, can be viewed below.

<blockquote><div class=”m_1271973738671396701WordSection1″><p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”><strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH</span></strong>

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”><strong>MOUNTAIN DIVISION</strong>

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”><strong>Rank      Team (first-place votes)    Points</strong>

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>1.            Boise State (21)                  161

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>2.            Colorado State (6)              135

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>3.            Wyoming (1)                       114

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>4.            Air Force                                             82

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>5.            New Mexico                        68

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>6.            Utah State                           28

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”><strong>WEST DIVISION</strong>

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”><strong>Rank      Team (first-place votes)    Points</strong>

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>1.            San Diego State (28)          168

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>2.            Hawai‘i                                135

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>3.            UNLV                                   105

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>4.            Nevada                                79

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>5.            San José State                     54

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701BasicParagraph”>6.            Fresno State                       47

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>2017 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM</span></strong>

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><strong>Offense</strong>

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>QB          Josh Allen**                       Jr.           Wyoming

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>WR         Michael Gallup*                 Sr.           Colorado State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>WR         Devonte Boyd                     Sr.           UNLV

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>RB           Rashaad Penny*                 Sr.           San Diego State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>RB           Tyrone Owens                    Jr.           New Mexico

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>OL           Jake Bennett**                   Sr.           Colorado State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>OL           Austin Corbett**                              Sr.           Nevada

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>OL           Dejon Allen**                     Sr.           Hawai‘i

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>OL           Aaron Jenkins                     Jr.           New Mexico

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>OL           Mason Hampton                Sr.           Boise State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>TE           David Wells**                    Sr.           San Diego State

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><strong>Defense</strong>

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>DL           David Moa*                        Jr.           Boise State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>DL           Malik Reed**                     Jr.           Nevada

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>DL           Garrett Hughes*                Sr.           New Mexico

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>DL           Mike Hughes, Jr.  Sr.           UNLV

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>LB           Jahlani Tavai*                     Jr.           Hawai‘i

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>LB           Logan Wilson                      So.          Wyoming

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>LB           Frank Ginda                        Jr.           San José State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>DB          Andrew Wingard*              Jr.           Wyoming

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>DB          Andre Chachere* Sr.           San José State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>DB          Tyler Horton                       Jr.           Boise State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>DB          Trayvon Henderson           Sr.           Hawai‘i

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><strong>Specialists</strong>

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>P             Michael Carrizosa              Sr.           San José State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>PK           John Baron II*                     Jr.           San Diego State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”>RET         Rashaad Penny*                 Sr.           San Diego State

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”> 

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><strong>Offensive Player of the Year</strong>: Josh Allen, Jr., QB, Wyoming

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><strong>Defensive Player of the Year</strong>: Andrew Wingard, Jr., DB, Wyoming

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><strong>Special Teams Player of the Year</strong>: Rashaad Penny, Sr., KR, San Diego State

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<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><em>* – member of the 2016 All-Mountain West first team.</em>

<p class=”m_1271973738671396701MsoNoSpacing”><em>** – member of the 2016 All-Mountain West second team.</em>

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