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Air Force picked to finish third in Mountain West Mountain Division

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jul 23, 2019

LAS VEGAS — Air Force was picked to finish third in the Mountain West Mountain Division in the preseason media poll, announced during the 2019 Mountain West Football Media Days. Boise State was selected first with 120 points and 15 first-place votes while Utah State was second with 108 points and six first-place votes. Air Force had 73 points, followed by Wyoming with 66, Colorado State 52 and New Mexico 22.

Fresno State was picked to win the West Division with 122 points and 17 first place votes. San Diego State was picked second with 106 points and three first-place votes, followed by Nevada with 74 points, Hawaii with 67, including one first-place vote, UNLV with 51 points and San Jose State with 21.

enior defensive back Jeremy Fejedelem and junior defensive lineman Jordan Jackson were each named to the preseason all-Mountain West team.

Fejedelem was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season after leading the Falcons and ranking eighth in the Mountain West in tackles with 104. He was the first Falcon with 100-plus tackles in a season since Jordan Pierce had 114 in 2014. Fejedelem became the first defensive back with 100 or more tackles since Chris Thomas had 107 in 2008. He enters with season with a team-high 138 career tackles.

Jackson was named second-team all-conference last season, becoming the first Air Force sophomore to earn the honor since 2014. He recorded 54 total tackles and led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Jackson ranked seventh in the Mountain West with 1.04 tackles for loss per game and had at least one TFL in eight games. He had 3.5 tackles for loss vs. Navy, the most by a Falcon in 2018.

Junior quarterback Jordan Love of Utah State was named offensive player of the year while Boise State junior defensive lineman Curtis Weaver was the defensive player of the year. Wyoming senior kicker Cooper Rothe was named special teams player of the year.

Air Force opens the season vs. Colgate Saturday, Aug. 31, in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons return 15 starters from last season, second-most in the conference. The team has seven on offense and defense and one on special teams.

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

Rank Team (first-place votes) Points

1. Boise State (15) 120

2. Utah State (6) 108

3. Air Force 73

4. Wyoming 66

5. Colorado State 52

6. New Mexico 22

WEST DIVISION

Rank Team (first-place votes) Points

1. Fresno State (17) 122

2. San Diego State (3) 106

3. Nevada 74

4. Hawai‘i (1) 67

5. UNLV 51

6. San José State 21

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