UNLV picked to finish ninth in 10-team Mountain West Conference football race

UNLV was picked to finish ninth in the 10-team Mountain West Conference football media poll at today’s league media days at The Cosmopolitan.

Only New Mexico was picked lower than the Rebels, who went 2-10 last season. Bobby Hauck enters his third season as coach.

Boise State, which went 12-1 and won the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas over Arizona State, was the overwhelmingly choice to win the conference. The Broncos received 27 of 30 first-place votes.

Conference newcomer Fresno State, picked third. received two first-place votes, and No. 5 San Diego State was given the other one.

UNR, also new to the league, was picked second.

No UNLV players were selected to the preseason all-conference team.

Media poll

1. Boise State (27) 296

2. UNR 244

3. Fresno State (2) 231

4. Wyoming 213

5. San Diego State (1) 173

6. Air Force 170

7. Hawaii 116

8. Colorado State 111

9. UNLV 63

10. New Mexico 33

All-MWC preseason team

Offense

QB-Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State

WR-Matt Miller, So., Boise State

WR-Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State

RB-Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State

RB-Chris Nwoke, Jr., Colorado State

OL-Chris Barker, Sr., UNR

OL-Joe Kellogg, Sr., Boise State

OL-Weston Richburg, Jr., Colorado State

OL-Nick Carlson, Sr., Wyoming

OL-Jeff Nady, Sr., UNR

TE-Gavin Escobar, Jr., San Diego State

Defense

DL-Mike Purcell, Sr., Wyoming

DL-Mike Atkinson, Sr., Boise State

DL-Paipai Falemalu, Sr., Hawaii

DL-Jack Reynoso, Jr., UNR

LB-Travis Brown, Sr., Fresno State

LB-Shaquil Barrett, Jr., Colorado State

LB-Alex Means, Sr., Air Force

DB-Leon McFadden, Sr., San Diego State

DB-Duke Williams, Sr., UNR

DB-Luke Ruff, Sr., Wyoming

DB-Jamar Taylor, Sr., Boise State

Special teams

P-Pete Kontodiakos, Sr., Colorado State

K-Parker Herrington, Sr., Air Force

Ret-Mitch Burroughs, Sr., Boise State

Offensive Player of the Year-QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

Defensive Player of the Year-DB Leon McFadden, San Diego State

Special Teams Player of the Year-Ret Mitch Burroughs, Boise State

Contact reporter Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2914. Follow him on Twitter: @markanderson65.

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