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
 
Offense
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
 
Defense
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
 
Specialists
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)