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Boise State dominates the Mountain West’s preseason polls; UNLV selected 9th

The Rebels were one of just two teams to have no players on the preseason all-conference team while the Broncos led the way with 5

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The Rebels have new football helmets for the 2012 season. Changes include a stripe down the middle, a different color scheme on the block “UNLV” lettering and a darker overall color.

Boise State enters this season on top of the Mountain West.

The Broncos, who next year will play football in the Big East, are predicted to finish first and have the most preseason all-conference team selections, it was announced Tuesday at the Mountain West’s media days at the Cosmopolitan. The polls are selected by members of the media.

UNLV is predicted to finish ninth and joins New Mexico (10th) as the only teams without a player on the 25-man preseason team.

The Broncos received 27 of 30 first-place votes for a total of 296 points, a comfortable distance ahead of second-place UNR (244). The other first-place votes went to Fresno State (2) and San Diego State (1).

The conference’s new blood is represented well as UNR and Fresno State placed second and third, respectively, and Fresno State junior quarterback Derek Carr was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. His defensive counterpart is San Diego State senior defensive back Leon McFadden.

Last year, McFadden led the league in passes defended (17) and also had two interceptions. Playing in the Western Athletic Conference as a junior, Carr threw for 3,544 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Boise State senior return man Mitch Burroughs is the Special Teams Player of the Year. The Broncos placed five members on the preseason team. UNR and Colorado State each had four.

Below is the full preseason lists:

2012 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

Rk. Team (1st-place votes) Points

1. Boise State (27) 296

2. UNR 244

3. Fresno State (2) 231

4. Wyoming 213

5. San Diego State (1) 173

6. Air Force 170

7. Hawaii 116

8. Colorado State 111

9. UNLV 63

10. New Mexico 33

2012 PRESEASON TEAM

Offense

QB — Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State

WR — Matt Miller, So., Boise State

WR — Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State

RB — Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State

RB — Chris Nwoke, Jr., Colorado State

OL — Chris Barker, Sr., UNR

OL — Joe Kellogg, Sr., Boise State

OL — Weston Richburg, Jr., Colorado State

OL — Nick Carlson, Sr., Wyoming

OL — Jeff Nady, Sr., UNR

TE — Gavin Escobar, Jr., San Diego State

Defense

DL — Mike Purcell, Sr., Wyoming

DL — Mike Atkinson, Sr., Boise State

DL — Paipai Falemalu, Sr., Hawaii

DL — Jack Reynoso, Jr., UNR

LB — Travis Brown, Sr., Fresno State

LB — Shaquil Barrett, Jr., Colorado State

LB — Alex Means, Sr., Air Force

DB — Leon McFadden, Sr., San Diego State

DB — Duke Williams, Sr., UNR

DB — Luke Ruff, Sr., Wyoming

DB — Jamar Taylor, Sr., Boise State

Specialists

P — Pete Kontodiakos, Sr., Colorado State

PK — Parker Herrington, Sr., Air Force

Ret. — Mitch Burroughs, Sr., Boise State

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Derek Carr, Jr., QB, Fresno State

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Leon McFadden, Sr., DB, San Diego State

Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year: Mitch Burroughs, Sr., RS, Boise State

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. Great news.

  2. Boise picked to win is no surprise

    Rebel's 9th is horrible

  3. UNLV will be a big surprise. Hauck's team has grown and gotten older/bigger. You can't think that a team that starts freshman will be able to keep up with teams that have 5th year seniors. That's what we have had to deal with the last few years. Our team will show great improvement this year and we will surprise a lot of teams this year. Pick us 9th and we will surprise this league. Go REBELS!

  4. the cup is half full gentlemen. This just means anything other than finishing 10th will be at least meeting or exceeding expectations!

  5. Now that we are all in the same conference. Considering the fact that the conference refers to Nevada as Nevada. The NCAA recognizes Nevada as Nevada. Can't we stop the dumb games and call Nevada... Nevada. So lame Vegas media... so lame.

  6. If I was on this team, nothing would fire me up more than going out and proving everyone wrong! This team needs to realize that it is them against the world. In fact, sad to say, its them against this town. Use this as a way to get motivated, go out and play loose and just have fun!

  7. "Now that we are all in the same conference. Considering the fact that the conference refers to Nevada as Nevada. The NCAA recognizes Nevada as Nevada. Can't we stop the dumb games and call Nevada... Nevada. So lame Vegas media... so lame."

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    Given that the Vegas papers have continued this "fine" tradition for years, even when both schools were in the Big West Conference, and even when Nevada was known as "Nevada-Reno", I doubt they'll get over their ego trips now.

  8. @vegaspackfan

    They can call themselves whatever they want, but they are still UNR.

    Type in UNLV.edu on your browser and it takes you to UNLV. Type in Nevada.edu on your browser and you get the Nevada System of Higher Education.

    Any guesses what comes up when you type in UNR.edu?

  9. Considering the website for UNR is www.unr.edu I'll keep referring to UNR as UNR...

  10. Yawwwwwnnnn. Oh hum. These predictions will go down the drain when the Rebels beat the Golden Gophers.

  11. I guess you don't refer to the University of California, Berkeley as "Cal" since their address is www.berkeley.edu? Or the University of Nebraska, Lincoln as "Nebraska" since their address is www.unl.edu? I know it's hard for Las Vegans to seperate the scholastic name of a university and what the athletic teams are known as.

  12. Same song different day. We're not Reno we're Nevada. Most folks don't even know how to say Nevada. Me, I'd prefer Reno instead of Nevaaaaaada.

  13. Or Nevahhda.

  14. Not one Rebel player selected on the preseason team! That speaks VOLUMES! It is going to be another long season fans. I can see only one win this season, stick a fork in Hauck. He is done!

  15. then stay home, willy. I know I will be out for EVERY home game and will see the games that will be televised away. I bleed REBEL RED! Go REBELS!!

  16. We can make strides this year but the Quarterback play has to dramatically improve. Caleb stunk...Riely a JC transfer stunk. I pray that Nick Sherry can assert himself. I also wish they would play a 3-4 defense and get some people in position to make some plays.
    I got my season tickets lets be competitive and no more f__kin blowouts! I want the 50k on campus stadium now Hauck do your job!
    Good luck Rebels

  17. I moved out to LV last July and started supporting the football program @ UNLV, noticed there were no City College of San Francisco (#1 JUCO program in the Country) players on the roster, so I emailed Coach Hauck to ask why?, his reply "Coach Rush and I are old friends. He will only send me guys who are of outstanding character and of strong moral fiber. BH
    ".
    A month later I attended a fundraiser for City College football and mentioned this to Coach Rush and his reply was "Hauck doesn't even know were in San Francisco, has never called or sent an assistant here to speak to any of the players"

    Hey Coach Hauck: Mapquest 50 Phelan Ave. San francisco CA when you want to stop the bleeding