LAS VEGAS — Colorado State Football was picked to finish fourth in the Mountain Division by various members of the media. The league announced the preseason projections at the annual Mountain West Media Days in ‘Sin City’ on Wednesday morning.

While the Rams were tabbed fourth in the Mountain, the perennial frontrunners of the league, Boise State, were picked to finish first with a league-high 23 first-place votes. Coming in behind the Broncos were the Wyoming Cowboys (2) and Air Force Falcons (3). Utah State (5) and New Mexico (6) rounded out the rest of the division.

Flipping things over to the other side of the conference, unsurprisingly, Nevada was selected as the favorite in the West Division with 19 first-place votes. One year removed from their first conference championship, San Jose State was tabbed second with five first-place votes themselves. San Diego State was picked third. Fresno State came in at No. 4 despite actually receiving a first-place vote — something the Aztecs cannot say. Finally, Hawaii was fifth, and UNLV was sixth. 

Unfortunately I do not currently have a vote in the process. Hopefully that will change in the future. For now, though,  here are the DNVR preseason picks.


  1. Boise State
  2. Wyoming
  3. Colorado State
  4. Air Force
  5. New Mexico
  6. Utah State


  1. Nevada
  2. San Jose State
  3. Fresno State
  4. Hawaii 
  5. San Diego State
  6. UNLV 

Offensive Player of the Year

QB Carson Strong (Nevada)

Defensive Player of the Year 

LB Kyle Harmon (San Jose State)

Special Teams Player of the Year

WR Savon Scarver (Utah State)

First-Team All Mountain West

QB Carson Strong (Nevada)

RB Ronnie Rivers (Fresno State)

RB Xazavian Valladay (Wyoming)

WR Romeo Doubs (Nevada)

WR Khalil Shakir (Boise State)

TE Trey McBride (Colorado State)

C Keegan Cryder (Wyoming)

OL Jack Snyder (San Jose State)

OL Dontae Bull (Fresno State)

OL William Dunkle (San Diego State)

OL John Ojuwuku (Boise State)


DL Scott Patchan (Colorado State)

DL Cade Hall (San Jose State)

DL Viliami Fehoko (San Jose State)

DL Cameron Thomas (San Diego State)

LB Chad Muma (Wyoming)

LB Justin Rice (Utah State) 

LB Kyle Harmon (San Jose State)

CB Berdale Robbins (Nevada)

CB CJ Colden (Wyoming)

S Jerrick Reed II (New Mexico)

S Kekaula Kaniho (Boise State) 


K John Hoyland (Wyoming)

P Ryan Stonehouse (Colorado State)

KR Savon Scarver (Utah State)

PR Dante Wright (Colorado State)


Second-Team All Mountain West

QB Jake Haener (Fresno State)

RB Greg Bell (San Diego State)

RB Charles Williams (UNLV)

WR Dante Wright (Colorado State)

WR Jalen Cropper (Fresno State)

TE Cole Turner (Nevada)

C Cam Reddy (Colorado State)

OL Logan Harris (Wyoming)

OL Aaron Frost (Nevada)

OL Barry Wesley (Colorado State)

OL Zach Thomas (San Diego State)


DL DL Manny Jones (Colorado State)

DL Shane Irwin (Boise State)

DL David Perales (Fresno State)

DL Dom Peterson (Nevada)

LB Caden McDonald (San Diego State)

LB Darius Muasau (Hawaii)

LB Dequan Jackson (Colorado State) 

CB Cortez Davis (Hawaii)

CB Markel Reed (Boise State)

S Tre Jenkins (San Jose State)

S Shaq Bond (Utah State)


K Brandon Talton (Nevada)

P Julian Diaz (Nevada)

KR Calvin Turner (Hawaii)

PR Romeo Doubs (Nevada)



Justin is a Colorado State alumnus and has covered the Rams for DNVR since 2019. Prior to coming to DNVR, Justin was the founder of and the Sports Director for the Rocky Mountain Collegian. From 2013-15 he was an intern for CSU Football.