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Mountain West Football 2016 All-Conference Team

Brett Rypien

Brett Rypien

Boise State and San Diego State are the favorites to meet in the Mountain West title game in early December, and the Broncos and Aztecs feature plenty of representation on the Athlon Sports 2016 All-Mountain West team. The Broncos lead all Mountain West teams with 15 selections, while the Aztecs feature 11 picks. Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey are two of the top players in the Group of 5 ranks, with both claiming first-team honors for 2016. San Jose State (11), Nevada (12) and Utah State (10) also hit double-digit selections on the projected all-conference team. 

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Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Mountain West last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2016.

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

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Athlon's 2016 All-Mountain West Team

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

Third-Team Offense

Fourth-Team Offense

QB

Brett Rypien Boise State 

Kent Myers Utah State 

Nick Stevens Colorado State 

Kenny Potter SJSU 

RB

Brian Hill Wyoming 

James Butler Nevada 

Paul Harris Hawaii 

Teriyon Gipson New Mexico 

RB

Donnel Pumphrey SDSU 

Jacobi Owens AFA 

Devante Mays Utah State 

Dalyn Dawkins Colorado State 

AP

Jeremy McNichols (RB) Boise State 

Timothy McVey AFA 

Tyler Winston SJSU 

Chaz Anderson Boise State 

WR

Devonte Boyd UNLV 

Tanner Gentry Wyoming 

Jalen Robinette AFA 

Jamire Jordan Fresno State 

WR

Thomas Sperbeck Boise State 

Hasaan Henderson Nevada 

Jerico Richardson Nevada 

Marcus Kemp Hawaii 

TE

Billy Freeman SJSU 

Jake Roh Boise State 

Jarred Gipson Nevada 

Wyatt Houston Utah State 

C

Jake Bennett Colorado State 

Austin Stephens Utah State 

Will Kreitler  UNLV 

Arthur Flores SDSU 

OL

Chase Roullier Wyoming 

Dejon Allen Hawaii 

Kwayde Miller SDSU 

Kyle Saxelid UNLV 

OL

Nico Siragusa SDSU 

Austin Corbett Nevada 

Travis Averill Boise State 

Zach Wallace Wyoming 

OL

Mario Yakoo Boise State 

Jake Simonich Utah State 

Colin Sandor AFA 

Jeremiah Kolone SJSU 

OL

Fred Zerblis Colorado State 

Nate Velichko SJSU 

Reno Henderson New Mexico 

Steven Baggett Boise State 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

Third-Team Defense

Fourth-Team Defense

DL

Alex Barrett SDSU 

Kyle Kelley SDSU 

Gabe Perez Boise State 

Nate Madsen Fresno State 

DL

Nik D'Avanzo New Mexico 

Ricky Ali'fua Utah State 

Carl Granderson Wyoming 

Isaiah Irving SJSU 

DL

Travis Seefeldt Utah State 

Sam McCaskill Boise State 

Malik Reed Nevada 

Keenan Sykes SJSU 

DL

Kennedy* Tulimasealii Hawaii 

Ryan Watson AFA 

Kory Rasmussen Hawaii 

Mike Hughes UNLV 

LB

Calvin Munson SDSU 

Dakota Cox New Mexico 

Tau Lotulelei UNLV 

D.J. Dunn AFA 

LB

Christian Tago SJSU 

Kevin Davis Colorado State 

Lucas Wacha Wyoming 

Jeff Camilli Fresno State 

LB

Tanner Vallejo Boise State 

Ben Weaver Boise State 

Jerrol  Garcia-Williams Hawaii 

Ryan McAleenan UNLV 

CB

Damontae Kazee SDSU 

Jalen Davis Utah State 

Daquawn Brown Fresno State 

Andre Chachere SJSU 

CB

Ronald Ladipo AFA 

Jonathan Moxey Boise State 

Tyquwan Glass Fresno State 

Torry McTyer UNLV 

S

Weston  Steelhammer AFA 

Dylan  Sumner-Gardner Boise State 

Asauni Rufus Nevada 

Maurice McKnight SJSU 

S

Andrew Wingard Wyoming 

Dameon Baber Nevada 

Malik Smith SDSU 

Dallin Leavitt Utah State 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

Third-Team Specialists

Fourth-Team Specialists

K

Tyler Rausa Boise State 

Brent Zuzo Nevada 

Nicolai Bornand UNLV 

Wyatt Bryan Colorado State 

P

Hayden Hunt Colorado State 

Michael Carrizosa SJSU 

Rigoberto Sanchez Hawaii 

Alex Boy Nevada 

KR

Rashaad Penny SDSU 

D.J. May Wyoming 

Elijah Mitchell Nevada 

Keelan Ewaliko Hawaii 

PR

Andrew Rodriguez Utah State 

Tanner Gentry Wyoming 

Andrew Celis Nevada 

Mikah Holder SDSU 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2016 All-Mountain West Team

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Air Force

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Boise State

Offense: 4 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 4 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Colorado State

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Fresno State

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Hawaii

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Nevada

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

New Mexico

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

San Diego State

Offense: 2 Defense: 3 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

San Jose State

Offense: 1 Defense:  1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 4 Sp. Teams: 0

UNLV

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 3 Sp. Teams: 0

Utah State

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 3 Defense:  2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Wyoming

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

* Tulimasealii was dismissed from the team in late June - after Athlon's All-Mountain West team was released for 2016.