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Carson Strong, Nevada Wolf Pack, Mountain West Football 2021 All-Conference Team

The 2021 All-Mountain West team is led by 15 selections from Nevada and Boise State, while San Jose State (13), Hawaii (11), San Diego State (11) and Wyoming (10) also hit double-digit picks. Fresno State, Utah State and Colorado State each have nine selections to headline the next tier of programs with the most picks on the Mountain West All-Conference Team for '21. 

Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2021. 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 2021.

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2021. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2021 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year. Also, team strength does not play a role in selections. These are the best individual players at each position in the league for '21.

Mountain West Football 2021 All-Conference Team

First-Team Offense

QB       Carson Strong, Nevada

RB       Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State

RB       Xazavian Valladay, Wyoming

AP       Calvin Turner, Hawaii

WR      Romeo Doubs, Nevada

WR      Khalil Shakir, Boise State

TE       Cole Turner, Nevada

         Keegan Cryder, Wyoming

OL       Jack Snyder, San Jose State

OL       Zachary Thomas, San Diego State

OL       Aaron Frost, Nevada

OL       John Ojukwu, Boise State

First-Team Defense 

DL       Scott Patchan, Colorado State

DL       Cade Hall, San Jose State

DL       Viliami Fehoko, San Jose State

DL       Cameron Thomas, San Diego State

LB        Caden McDonald, San Diego State

LB        Chad Muma, Wyoming

LB        Darius Muasau, Hawaii

CB       Berdale Robins, Nevada

CB       Cortez Davis, Hawaii

S          Kekaula Kaniho, Boise State

         Jerrick Reed, New Mexico

First-Team Specialists

K         Brandon Talton, Nevada

P          Ryan Stonehouse, Colorado State

KR       Savon Scarver, Utah State

PR       Romeo Doubs, Nevada

Second-Team Offense

QB       Nick Starkel, San Jose State

RB       Charles Williams, UNLV

RB       George Holani, Boise State

AP/RB Greg Bell, San Diego State

WR      Dante Wright, Colorado State

WR      Jalen Cropper, Fresno State

TE       Trey McBride, Colorado State

C          Kyle Stapley, New Mexico

OL       Dontae Bull, Fresno State

OL       Logan Harris, Wyoming

OL       William Dunkle, San Diego State

OL       Jake Stetz, Boise State

Second-Team Defense         

DL       Sam Hammond, Nevada

DL       Shane Irwin, Boise State

DL       David Perales, Fresno State

DL       Dom Peterson, Nevada

LB        Kyle Harmon, San Jose State

LB        Lawson Hall, Nevada

LB        Justin Rice, Utah State

CB       C.J. Coldon, Wyoming

CB       Tayler Hawkins, San Diego State

S          Esaias Gandy, Wyoming

S          Tre Jenkins, San Jose State

Second-Team Specialists     

        John Hoyland, Wyoming

P          Julian Diaz, Nevada

KR       Jordan Byrd, San Diego State

PR       Dante Wright, Colorado State

Third-Team Offense

QB       Jake Haener, Fresno State

RB       Toa Taua, Nevada

RB       Brad Roberts, Air Force

AP/RB Bobby Cole, New Mexico

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WR      Isaiah Hamilton, San Jose State

WR      Elijah Cooks, Nevada

WR      Kyle Williams, UNLV

TE       Derrick Deese, San Jose State

C          Tyler Orsini, Nevada

OL       Garrett Curran, Boise State

OL       Julio Garcia, UNLV

OL       Cade Briggs, New Mexico

OL       Alfred Edwards, Utah State

Third-Team Defense           

DL       Kevin Atkins, Fresno State

DL       Solomon Byrd, Wyoming

DL       Garrett Crall, Wyoming

DL       Joey Noble, New Mexico

DL       Manny Jones, Colorado State

LB        Riley Whimpey, Boise State

LB        Demonte Meeks, Air Force

LB        Dequan Jackson, Colorado State

CB       Markel Reed, Boise State

CB       Milton Bugg, Air Force

S          Shaq Bond, Utah State

S          Khoury Bethley, Hawaii

Third-Team Specialists        

K         Matt Araiza, San Diego State

P          Adam Stack, Hawaii

KR       Shamar Garrett, San Jose State

PR       Jesse Matthews, San Diego State

Fourth-Team Offense

QB       Hank Bachmeier, Boise State

RB       Tyler Nevens, San Jose State

RB       Devonta'e Henry-Cole, Utah State

WR      Brandon Bowling, Utah State

WR      Jared Smart, Hawaii

WR      Emmanuel Logan-Greene, New Mexico

WR      CT Thomas, Boise State

WR      Keric Wheatfall, Fresno State

TE       Kyle Patterson, Air Force

C          Kyle Hoppe, San Jose State

OL       Barry Wesley, Colorado State

OL       Demytrick Ali'ifua, Utah State

OL       Gene Pryor, Hawaii

OL       Solo Vaipulu, Hawaii

OL       Jacob Gardner, Nevada

OL       Michael Eletise, Hawaii

Fourth-Team Defense 

DL       Cole Godbout, Wyoming

DL       Nick Heninger, Utah State

DL       Blessman Ta'ala, Hawaii

DL       Toby McBride, Colorado State

DL       Jordan Jackson, Air Force

DL       Jonah Tavai, San Diego State

LB        Jacoby Windmon, UNLV

LB        Justin Houston, Fresno State

LB        Ezekiel Noa, Boise State

LB        Demitri Washington, Boise State

DB       Evan Williams, Fresno State

DB       JL Skinner, Boise State

DB        Corvan Taylor, Air Force

DB        Jay Lenard, San Jose State

DB        Trenton Thompson, San Diego State

Fourth-Team Specialists      

K         Jonah Dalmas, Boise State

P          Stephen Kotsanlee, Utah State

KR       Calvin Turner, Hawaii

PR       Kenyon Reed, San Jose State

Total Selections on Athlon's 2021 All-Mountain West Team

Team

Number of Selections

Air Force

6

Boise State

15

Colorado State

9

Fresno State

9

Hawaii

11

Nevada

15

New Mexico

6

San Diego State

11

San Jose State

13

UNLV

4

Utah State

9

Wyoming

10

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(Carson Strong photo by John Byrne, courtesy of nevadawolfpack.com)