24 Jul 19
Las Vegas, Nev. — The Fresno State football team has been picked to repeat as West Division champions by the media, the Mountain West announced on Tuesday prior to kicking off the 2019 football Media Days in Las Vegas.
As the first-place pick for the West, Fresno State has earned its fourth division leading bid in the preseason media polls dating back to 2013, and second in as many years (2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019). The Bulldogs have prevailed and won the West in every season that they have been the first-place pick in the preseason polls.
Along with a predicted first-place finish in its division, Fresno State secured three preseason all-conference selections in senior tight end Jared Rice, senior linebacker Mykal Walker and senior defensive back Juju Hughes.
It has been a busy July for Fresno State’s three preseason All-Mountain West selections as each of the senior Bulldogs have been named to two watch lists for awards in their respective positions so far this summer.
Rice, Walker and Hughes are continuing their successes from the 2018 season as each were named to either the All-Mountain West first or second team a season ago.
2019 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISHWest Division
Rk.Team (First-Place votes)Points1.Fresno State (17)1222.San Diego State (3)1063.Nevada744.Hawai’i (1)675.UNLV516.San Jose State21
Rk.Team (First-Place votes)Points1.Boise State (15)1202.Utah State (6)1083.Air Force734.Wyoming665.Colorado State526.New Mexico22
2019 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMOffense
QBJordan Love**Jr.Utah StateWRJohn HightowerSr.Boise StateWRCedric Byrd IISr.Hawai’iRBJuwan WashingtonSr.San Diego StateRBToa TauaSo.NevadaOLEzra Cleveland*Jr.Boise StateOLJohn Molchon*Sr.Boise StateOLJake NelsonSr.NevadaOLKeith Ismael*Jr.San Diego StateOLJustin PoluSr.UNLVTEJared Rice**Sr.Fresno State
DLJordan Jackson**Jr.Air ForceDLDavid MoaSr.Boise StateDLCurtis Weaver*Jr.Boise StateDLTipa Galeai**Sr.Utah StateLBMykal Walker*Sr.Fresno StateLBKyahva Tezino*Sr.San Diego StateLBDavis Woodward**Jr.Utah StateDBJeremy FejedelemSr.Air ForceDBJuju Hughes**Sr.Fresno StateDBTariq Thompson**Jr.San Diego StateDBDJ WilliamsSo.Utah State
PRyan Stonehouse*Jr.Colorado StatePKCooper Rothe*Sr.WyomingKR/PRSavon Scarver*Jr.Utah State
Offensive Player of the Year: Jordan Love, Jr., QB, Utah StateDefensive Player of the Year: Curtis Weaver, Jr., DL, Boise StateSpecial Teams Player of the Year: Cooper Rothe, Sr., PK, Wyoming
Fresno State Media Relations