The 2016 Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team was announced on Tuesday.
– San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey headlines the media preseason All-Mountain West team, having been named the Offensive Player of the Year. Meanwhile fellow Aztec Damontae Kazee was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year after coming up with eight interceptions last year.
– In a loaded year for running backs, Wyoming’s Brian Hill made the team along with Pumphrey. Hill finished on the All-MWC Second Team last year, while 11 of 2015’s first-teamers are back.
– San Diego State owned the preseason team with six players making the list. Boise State placed three on the team, while Utah State had four.
– No Boise State players made the preseason All-MWC Defense, but sophomore QB Brett Rypien is the only underclassmen on offense. Two sophomore defensive backs – Nevada’s Dameon Baber and Wyoming’s Andrew Wingard – were the only underclassmen on D.
2016 Preseason All-Mountain West Offense
QB Brett Rypien So. Boise State
RB Donnel Pumphrey Sr. San Diego State
RB Brian Hill Jr. Wyoming
WR Thomas Sperbeck Sr. Boise State
WR Devonte Boyd Jr. UNLV
TE Billy Freeman Sr. San José State
OL Fred Zerblis Sr. Colorado State
OL Nico Siragusa Sr. San Diego State
OL Jake Simonich Sr. Utah State
OL Austin Stephens Sr. Utah State
OL Chase Roullier Sr. Wyoming
2016 Preseason All-Mountain West Defense
DL Nik D’Avanzo Sr. New Mexico
DL Alex Barrett Sr. San Diego State
DL Travis Seefeldt Sr. Utah State
DL Ricky Ali’ifua Sr. Utah State
LB Christian Tago Sr. San José State
LB Calvin Munson Sr. San Diego State
LB Dakota Cox Sr. New Mexico
DB Weston Steelhammer Sr. Air Force
DB Damontae Kazee Sr. San Diego State
DB Dameon Baber So. Nevada
DB Andrew Wingard So. Wyoming
2016 Preseason All-Mountain West Specialists
P Hayden Hunt Sr. Colorado State
Michael Carrizosa Jr. San José State
PK Tyler Rausa Sr. Boise State
Ret. Rashaad Penny Jr. San Diego State