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.
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
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
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
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
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