Boyd honored as Rebels picked 5th in MW preseason poll

UNLV was picked to finish in fifth place in the West Division while wide receiver Devonte Boyd was the only Rebel chosen to the preseason all-Mountain West Football Team released this morning at the league’s annual Media Days at The Cosmopolitan Hotel.

The Rebels, who went 3-9 last season in their first season under Tony Sanchez, were picked to finish ahead of only Hawaii but finished just three points behind fourth place Fresno State. Boise State was chosen to finish atop the Mountain Division, while defending Mountain West champion San Diego State was predicted to win the West Division title in the poll of select media members.

Boyd, a 6-foot-2 junior from Basic High who has 119 receptions for 1,884 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons at UNLV, was one of two wide receivers chosen to the 26-member preseason all-conference team.

San Diego State was selected as a unanimous choice to win the West Division and swept all three preseason Player of the Year awards. Senior running back Donnel Pumphrey, who starred at Canyon Springs High School, was named Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year. Senior cornerback Damontae Kazee was named Defensive Player of the Year while junior return man Rashaad Penny was selected as Special Teams Player of the Year.

MOUNTAIN DIVISION
Rank Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Boise State (27) 172
2. Air Force (2) 126
3. Utah State 111
4. Colorado State 95
5. New Mexico 74
6. Wyoming 31

WEST DIVISION
Rank Team (first-place votes) Points
1. San Diego State (29) 174
2. Nevada 129
3. San José State 122
4. Fresno State 76
5. UNLV 73
6. Hawaii 35

2016 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Offense
QB Brett Rypien, So., Boise State
WR Thomas Sperbeck, Sr., Boise State
WR Devonte Boyd, Jr., UNLV
RB Donnel Pumphrey, Sr., San Diego State
RB Brian Hill, Jr., Wyoming
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
TE Billy Freeman, Sr., San José State

Defense
DL Nik D’Avanzo, Sr., New Mexico
DL Alex Barrett, Sr., San Diego State
DL Travis Seefeldt, Gr., 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

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

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Donnel Pumphrey, Sr., RB, San Diego State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Damontae Kazee, Sr., DB, San Diego State
Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year: Rashaad Penny, Jr., KR, San Diego State

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