2019 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team
The 2019 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team was announced today at the league’s annual media days.
The 2019 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team was announced today at the league’s annual media days, being held at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nevada. The team, as selected by members of the media, features 16 student-athletes who were All-MW selections in 2018. The 25-member squad is comprised of 14 seniors, nine juniors and two sophomores.
Utah State junior quarterback Jordan Love is the Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year, while Boise State junior defensive lineman Curtis Weaver earned Preseason MW Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Wyoming placekicker Cooper Rothe garnered Preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year honors.
Love is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he set five single-season program records, while earning second-team All-MW honors. Love, who helped lead the Aggies to an 11-win season, threw for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns as a sophomore. The native of Bakersfield, California, tallied 39 total touchdowns last season, which is tied for the fifth-most in MW single-season history. During the past week, Love has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is given to the nation’s best quarterback, and the Maxwell Award, given to the best overall player nationally.
Weaver, who has earned first-team all-conference honors in back-to-back years, enters his junior season with 20.5 career sacks, which ranks second-most among active FBS defenders. The native of Long Beach, California, is two sacks shy of entering the Mountain West’s top-5 career sack list and eight from setting the Conference record. Last week, Weaver was named to the Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List, which is given to the top defensive player nationally.
Rothe finished the 2018 season as the MW Special Teams Player of the Year and a finalist for the Lou Groza Award. The native of Longmont, Colorado, led the nation in field-goal percentage (16-17; 94.1%) and was tied for first in PAT percentage (28-28; 100%). The 94.1 field-goal percentage is a single-season Conference record. Rothe enters the 2019 season with 44 career field goals, which is fourth-most among all active FBS players.
2019 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
QB Jordan Love** Jr. Utah State
WR John Hightower Sr. Boise State
WR Cedric Byrd II Sr. Hawai‘i
RB Juwan Washington Sr. San Diego State
RB Toa Taua So. Nevada
OL Ezra Cleveland* Jr. Boise State
OL John Molchon* Sr. Boise State
OL Jake Nelson Sr. Nevada
OL Keith Ismael* Jr. San Diego State
OL Justin Polu Sr. UNLV
TE Jared Rice** Sr. Fresno State
DL Jordan Jackson** Jr. Air Force
DL David Moa Sr. Boise State
DL Curtis Weaver* Jr. Boise State
DL Tipa Galeai** Sr. Utah State
LB Mykal Walker* Sr. Fresno State
LB Kyahva Tezino* Sr. San Diego State
LB David Woodward ** Jr. Utah State
DB Jeremy Fejedelem Sr. Air Force
DB Juju Hughes** Sr. Fresno State
DB Tariq Thompson** Jr. San Diego State
DB DJ Williams So. Utah State
P Ryan Stonehouse* Jr. Colorado State
PK Cooper Rothe* Sr. Wyoming
KR/PR Savon Scarver* Jr. Utah State
Offensive Player of the Year: Jordan Love, Jr., QB, Utah State
Defensive Player of the Year: Curtis Weaver, Jr., DL, Boise State
Special Teams Player of the Year: Cooper Rothe, Sr., PK, Wyoming
* - member of the 2018 All-Mountain West first team
** - member of the 2018 All-Mountain West second team
(University of Nevada)