Despite talk Colorado State might knock Boise State from atop the pre-season polls in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference the reality once again has Boise State as the team to beat in the Mountain Division and San Diego State the pick in the West. This is the third straight year the two teams have been the pre-season conference picks

While San Diego State was a unanimous choice not so for the Broncos. Boise State did receive 21 of 28 first place votes with Colorado State 2nd and 6 first place tallies and Wyoming 3rd with 1 first place vote. Hawaii was second to San Diego State in the West.

The Conference also named it's pre-season players of the year and Boise State QB Brett Rypien was snubbed in favor of Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

What follows is the official press release from the Mountain West:

The 2017 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team was an also announced today at the league's annual Media Summit, being held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The team, as selected by members of the media, features 14 student-athletes who were All-MW selections in 2016. The 25-member squad is comprised of 14 seniors, 10 juniors and one sophomore.

Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen was named Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year, while his teammate Andrew Wingard, a junior defensive back, has 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 ho

Allen enters the 2017 campaign as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. In his first full season with the Cowboys, the native of Firebaugh, California, threw for 3,203 yards and 28 touchdowns, while rushing for 523 yards, on his way to earning Second Team All-MW honors. The 28 passing touchdowns led the Conference and ranked 20th nationally. Allen led Wyoming to the 2016 Mountain West Championship Game and an appearance in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. During the past week, Allen has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award.

Wingard, who earned first-team all-conference honors in 2016, enters his junior season as the nation's leader in career solo tackles per game (6.08). Last year, the native of Arvada, Colorado, led the MW and was tied for fourth nationally with 131 total tackles. Wingard also registered 7.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks, and had two interceptions. Last week, Wingard was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Paycom Jim Thorpe Award and Bednarik Award Preseason Watch Lists.

Penny returned 20 kicks in 2016 for an average of 31.2 yards despite being kicked away from most of the year. This average ranked fourth in the nation and led the league. He also ranked No. 2 nationally in kick return touchdowns with two. Last week, Penny was named to the Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List.

Here is the pre-season All Mountain West Team

2017 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team
QBJosh Allen**Jr.Wyoming
WRMichael Gallup*Sr.Colorado State
WRDevonte BoydSr.UNLV
RBRashaad Penny*Sr.San Diego State
RBTyrone OwensJr.New Mexico
OLJake Bennett**Sr.Colorado State
OLAustin Corbett**Sr.Nevada
OLDejon Allen**Sr.Hawai‘i
OLAaron JenkinsJr.New Mexico
OLMason HamptonSr.Boise State
TEDavid Wells**Sr.San Diego State
DLDavid Moa*Jr.Boise State
DLMalik Reed**Jr.Nevada
DLGarrett Hughes*Sr.New Mexico
DLMike Hughes, Jr.Sr.UNLV
LBJahlani Tavai*Jr.Hawai‘i
LBLogan WilsonSo.Wyoming
LBFrank GindaJr.San José State
DBAndrew Wingard*Jr.Wyoming
DBAndre Chachere*Sr.San José State
DBTyler HortonJr.Boise State
DBTrayvon HendersonSr.Hawai‘i
PMichael CarrizosaSr.San José State
PKJohn Baron II*Jr.San Diego State
RETRashaad 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
* - member of the 2016 All-Mountain West first team.
** - member of the 2016 All-Mountain West second team.

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