Wingard and Allen Named MW Preseason Players of the Year, Wilson Joins Them on Preseason All-Conference Team

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Sep 3, 2016; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys safety Andrew Wingard (28) against the Northern Illinois Huskies at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Huskies 40-34 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics

Las Vegas, Nev. (July 25, 2017) — The Mountain West Conference announced its Preseason All-Conference Football Team and Preseason Predicted Order of Finish on Tuesday at the Mountain West Media Summit in Las Vegas, Nev.  Wyoming junior safety Andrew Wingard was voted as the MW Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, and Cowboy junior quarterback Josh Allen was selected as the MW Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in voting by 28 media members covering the Mountain West Conference.  UW sophomore linebacker Logan Wilson was the third Cowboy selected to the MW Preseason All-Conference team and was the only sophomore in the conference to earn the honor.

 

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The Cowboys were picked to finish third in the MW Mountain Division in the preseason vote of MW media.

It marks the first time that two Cowboys were named the Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in the same year in the history of the Mountain West Conference.  For the second consecutive year, Wyoming had three Cowboys named to the Preseason All-MW team, and for the second consecutive year Wingard was selected to the team.  A year ago, he was joined by former Cowboy running back Brian Hill and former offensive lineman Chase Roullier on the Preseason All-Conference team.

In the preseason poll, Boise State was selected to finish first in the Mountain Division receiving 21 first-place votes and 161 total points.  Colorado State was selected to finish second with six first-place votes and 135 total points.  The Cowboys received one first-place vote and 114 total points.  San Diego State was a unanimous selection to win the West Division for the second consecutive year.  The Aztecs received all 28 first-place votes and 168 total points.  Hawai’i was selected to finish second with 135 points, and UNLV came in third in the poll with 105 total points.

Wyoming was one of only six of 12 MW schools to have three or more Preseason All-Conference selections this season.  San Diego State led the way with four selections.  Wyoming, Boise State, Hawai’i, New Mexico and San Jose State each had three players selected.  Of the 25 individuals selected, 14 are seniors, 10 are juniors and one is a sophomore.

Wingard was a First Team All-MW selection by conference head coaches and media members at the conclusion of the 2016 season.  Allen was a 2016 Second Team All-MW honoree, and Wilson was the 2016 Mountain West Freshman of the Year selection by conference head coaches and media.

 

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2017 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL

ALL-CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM

 

Offense

QB          Josh Allen**                     Jr.           Wyoming

WR         Michael Gallup*                 Sr.         Colorado State

WR         Devonte Boyd                     Sr.         UNLV

RB         Rashaad Penny*                 Sr.         San Diego State

RB          Tyrone Owens                    Jr.           New Mexico

OL         Jake Bennett**                   Sr.         Colorado State

OL          Austin Corbett**                 Sr.         Nevada

OL          Dejon Allen**                     Sr.         Hawai‘i

OL          Aaron Jenkins                     Jr.           New Mexico

OL          Mason Hampton                 Sr.         Boise State

TE           David Wells**                     Sr.         San Diego State

 

Defense

DL           David Moa*                        Jr.           Boise State

DL          Malik Reed**                      Jr.           Nevada

DL          Garrett Hughes*                 Sr.         New Mexico

DL          Mike Hughes, Jr.                  Sr.         UNLV

LB           Jahlani Tavai*                     Jr.           Hawai‘i

LB           Logan Wilson                    So.        Wyoming

LB           Frank Ginda                        Jr.           San José State

DB          Andrew Wingard*            Jr.           Wyoming

DB          Andre Chachere*                 Sr.         San José State

DB          Tyler Horton                       Jr.           Boise State

DB          Trayvon Henderson            Sr.         Hawai‘i

 

Specialists

P             Michael Carrizosa               Sr.           San José State

PK          John Baron II*                     Jr.           San Diego State

RET         Rashaad Penny*                 Sr.           San Diego State

 

Offensive Player of the Year:          Josh Allen, Jr., QB, Wyoming

Defensive Player of the Year:         Andrew Wingard, Jr., DB, Wyoming

Special Teams Player of the Year:     Rashaad Penny, Sr., KR, San Diego State

 

* – member of the 2016 All-Mountain West first team.

** – member of the 2016 All-Mountain West second team.

 

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2017 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Points

  1.     Boise State (21)            161

2,     Colorado State (6)       135

  1. Wyoming (1)                114
  2. Air Force                          82
  3. New Mexico                    68
  4. Utah State                        28

 

WEST DIVISION

Rank Team (first-place votes) Points

  1. San Diego State (28)   168
  2. Hawai’i                           135
  3. UNLV                              105
  4. Nevada                             79
  5. San Jose State                 54
  6. Fresno State                     47

 

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