Boyd, Hughes honored as UNLV picked third in MW preseason poll

UNLV was picked to finish third in the West Division and the Rebels placed two players on the preseason all-conference team today at the Mountain West Football Media Summit at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Senior wide receiver Devonte Boyd and senior defensive tackle Mike Hughes Jr. were picked to the 25 member preseason all-MW team selected by conference media members.

Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen, in the conversation as the potential top pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, was named Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Andrew Wingard, a junior defensive back, earned Preseason MW Defensive Player of the Year accolades. San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, a two-time MW Special Teams Player of the Year (2015-16), garnered Preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

Boise State was chosen to finish atop the Mountain Division while two-time defending Mountain West champion San Diego State was predicted to win the West Division title.

Here is the preseason poll with first-place votes in parentheses followed by total points:

WEST DIVISION
1. San Diego State (28) 168
2. Hawaii 135
3. UNLV 105
4. Nevada 79
5. San Jose State 54
6. Fresno State 47

MOUNTAIN DIVISION
1. Boise State (21) 161
2. Colorado State (6) 135
3. Wyoming (1) 134
4. Air Force 82
5. New Mexico 68
6. Utah State 28

2017 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON MEDIA 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. Hawaii
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 Sr. UNLV
LB Jahlani Tavai Jr. Hawaii
LB Logan Wilson So. Wyoming
LB Frank Ginda Jr. San Jose State
DB Andrew Wingard Jr. Wyoming
DB Andre Chachere Sr. San Jose State
DB Tyler Horton Jr. Boise State
DB Trayvon Henderson Sr. Hawaii

SPECIALISTS
P Michael Carrizosa Sr. San Jose 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

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