2009 Media Preseason All-Conference Team

The 2009 preseason all-conference teams were announced earlier today.  There were only three unanimous decisions with Utah’s LB Stevenson Sylvester, TCU’s DE Jerry Hughes, and BYU’s TE Denis Pitta.

Somewhat odd that BYU QB Max Hall was not a unanimous choice and the only other options would be Andy Dalton from TCU, but that seems far fetched as Hall’s 2008 numbers dwarfed Dalton’s.

The only quasi selection comes from San Diego State in wide receiver Vincent Brown, because most of his yards came from the Aztecs trailing and having to throw the ball to catch up.

Besides that nothing to shocking here; TCU leads the way with seven total selections, BYU with five, and Utah also with five.

2009 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team
QB Max Hall** Sr. BYU
WR Ryan Wolfe* Sr. UNLV
WR Rashaun Greer** Sr. Colorado State
WR Vincent Brown Jr. San Diego State
RB Harvey Unga** Jr. BYU
RB Matt Asiata Sr. Utah
OL Zane Beadles* Sr. Utah
OL Nick Charles** Sr. Air Force
OL Shelley Smith** Sr. Colorado State
OL Erik Cook** Sr. New Mexico
OL Marshall Newhouse** Sr. TCU
TE Dennis Pitta*# Sr. BYU
Note: Three wide receivers were selected due to a tie in the voting.
DL Jan Jorgensen* Sr. BYU
DL Jerry Hughes*# Sr. TCU
DL John Fletcher** Sr. Wyoming
DL Koa Misi** Sr. Utah
LB Daryl Washington Sr. TCU
LB Jason Beauchamp** Sr. UNLV
LB Stevenson Sylvester**# Sr. Utah
DB Chris Thomas** Sr. Air Force
DB Rafael Priest** Sr. TCU
DB Nick Sanders Sr. TCU
DB Robert Johnson Sr. Utah
P Anson Kelton So. TCU
PK Mitch Payne Jr. BYU
Ret. Jeremy Kerley* Jr. TCU
Offensive Player of the Year:
Max Hall, Sr., QB, BYU
Defensive Player of the Year:
Jerry Hughes, Sr., DL, TCU
Special Teams Player of the Year:
Jeremy Kerley, Jr., KR/PR, TCU
Freshman of the Year:
Ed Wesley, RB, TCU
# – unanimous 2009 preseason selection.
* – member of the 2008 All-Mountain West Conference first-team.
** – member of the 2008 All-Mountain West Conference second-team.

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Phile Steele’s All-Conference Team for the MWC

In another effort to make this the easiest place to find MWC news I have added the preseason All Conference teams from Phil Steele , below.

Steele goes 4 teams deep, a bit much but still a good read. Utah leads the way with ten first team selections, followed by BYU with seven, and TCU with five. This list pretty much expects who should be on the top of the league when the year ends between BYU, Utah, and on the outside TCU which is pretty accurate. One interesting add to the list is Utah wide receiver Aiona Key who is on the third team list and the only JUCO player on all four teams. That could be the reason that there are only two great quarterbacks in the league with Max Hall from BYU and Utah’s Brian Johnson. Also on Phil Steele’s All-American list, he includes Utah’s Louie Sakoda on the second team as a punter and then includes BYU’s offensive tackle Dallas Reynolds on the fourth team.

Holy War audio

Utah audio

Paul Kruger

Branden Godfrey

Darrell Mack

Steve Tate

Brian Johnson

Gary Anderson

Kyle Whittingham

BYU audio

Bronco Mendenhall

Manase Tonga

Sete Aulai

Harvey Unga

Brian Kehl

Max Hall

Austin Collie

Audio interviews for the week

BYU’s Max Hall after their victory against Colorado State.

Austin Collie in his first game back after injury

Jan Jorgenson talks about the BYU win.

Ben Bagley talks with Ute LB Mike Wright

Week 10 Review

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This was pretty much an anti-climatic game with BYU dominating from the beginning after being up 21-3 at half and never looked back. The Cougars took care of business by throwing the ball at will with Max Hall throwing for 351 yards and averaging over 11 yards per attempt. Some good news that BYU received was that star wide receiver/return man returned from injury with a great game of over 100 yards receiving a touchdown, plus Collie had one return for 34 yards. This is very good news for the Cougars because Collie is most likely to be on the all conference team. Looking closer at the game CSU did have some bright spots they controlled the time of possession by 3 minutes, they were 8-18 on third downs, and forced two turnovers (ok, one was when the game was over). The reason CSU won time of possession was that BYU would score in no time and Colorado State would hold the ball with their decent rushing game from Saturday. Overall this game is no contest and it is hard to see that CSU has fallen pretty fall in such a few years when they were always a threat to win the conference and go to a bowl game just about every year. Continue reading

Week 7 Rankings

Here we go for the  week 7 rankings.  There is a little movement up top but not too much this week.


Even after a less then spectacular performance with the win against Vegas, but a win is a win and BYU has not lost a conference game since the 2005 loss to Utah.


The Lobos slide up after soundly defeating a good Wyoming team last week 20-3 and on the road no less.  We will wait and see if the pat of New Mexico will haunt them where the Lobos seem to every year lose to a team they should not.


The great story of Troy Calhoun who now has the Falcons one win away from being bowl eligible at 5-2.  They destroyed a bad Colorado State team and Chad Hall looks to possibly challenge Max Hall for offensive player of the year as he put up more then 250 rushing yards last game.  Continue reading

BYU Post Game Audio from New Mexico

Max Hall QB

Bryan Kehl LB

Andrew Gorge TE 

Bronco Mendenhall Coach