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MWC Media Day

27 July 2010 Brett Richins 6 Comments

The media is gathering today in Las Vegas for the 2010 Mountain West Conference Media Day, which means the football season is upon us!

By the way, who in the world came up with the bright idea of holding it in Vegas in July? Anyway, I guess its time to break out the predictions and go on record for the 2010 season.

Predicted Order of Finish




4. Air Force

5. Wyoming

6. San Diego State

7. Colorado State


9. New Mexico

Player of the Year Honors

Offensive POY: Andy Dalton (TCU)

Defensive POY: Reggie Rembert (AFA)

Special Teams POY: Jeremy Kerley (TCU)

First Team Offense

QB) Andy Dalton (TCU)

RB) Eddie Wide (Utah)

RB) Jared Tew (AFA)

WR) Vincent Brown (SDSU)

WR) McKay Jacobson (BYU)

TE) Alston Umuolo (SDSU)

OL) Matt Reynolds (BYU)

OL) Braden Hansen (BYU)

OL) Jake Kirkpatrick (TCU)

OL) Marcus Cannon (TCU)

OL) Caleb Schlauderaff (Utah)

First Team Defense

DL) Wayne Daniels (TCU)

DL) Cory Grant (TCU)

DL) Johnathan Rainey (UNM)

DL) Sealver Siliga (Utah)

LB) Jordan Pendleton (BYU)

LB) Brian Hendricks (WYO)

LB) Tank Carder (TCU)

DB) Andrew Rich (BYU)

DB) Reggie Rembert (AFA)

DB) Chris Prosinski (WYO)

DB) Brian Logan (BYU)

Special Teams

P) Riley Stephenson (BYU)

K) Ross Evans (TCU)

KR) Jeremy Kerley (TCU)

We’re interested to know your picks for 2010…


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  • Casey Adams said:

    I’ve been surprised how few of the pre-season accolades go to BYU players unless you are reading a BYU media outlet. Everyone thinks BYU will be in the top three in the conference but most all conference selections seem to think we will have one or two picks. The only way this makes sense is if we have lots and lots of the second and third best guys at their positions while most schools have a really good guy at one position and a middle of the pack guy at another.

  • Greg said:

    I’m going out on a limb here, but I really think this is the Cougars’ year. Why? Because no one expected Utah to be #1 in 2008 and no one expected TCU to be undefeated last year (yes, they were expected to win the conference, but not unanimously). Here’s how one BYU homer sees this season going:

    Sep. 4 (vs Washington) – The Huskies are in the mood for revenge, but BYU has little interest in surrendering a home game to a PAC-10 foe. Sorry, U-Dub.

    Sep. 11 (at Air Force) – When was the last time Air Force beat us? I know it’s possible, but we usually do very well against their physical run game.

    Sep. 18 (at Florida State) – Christian Ponder has a very solid FSU team around him, but we’ll have already learned to contain a mobile quarterback and our secondary is our defensive strength this year. That doesn’t bode well for a team looking to resurface atop the ACC.

    Sep. 25 (Nevada) – They never seem to live up to their billing. They’re also a running team. Our D chews up running teams.

    Oct. 1 (at Utah State) – I honestly hope Utah State moves to the top of the WAC in the coming years, but this isn’t that year nor is it the WAC.

    Oct. 9 (San Diego State) – Mendenhall’s been pretty good against SDSU. Undefeated, I think.

    Oct. 16 (at Texas Christian) – The first time we beat TCU was… at TCU. We just need to show up ready to play, and after the last two years, I think the team will be ready. TCU is turning into a big rival! This is the game I think it’s most likely we lose, but I still think we should win this year.

    Oct. 23 (Wyoming) – Welcome to our house, Cowboys. We will not allow you to score. Again. For the third year in a row.

    Nov. 6 (Nevada-Las Vegas) – We only lose at UNLV, and that’s just in Men’s basketball.

    Nov. 13 (Colorado State) – They aren’t very good yet.

    Nov. 20 (New Mexico) – They might be worse.

    Nov. 27 (at Utah) – Enjoy the PAC-10, suckers! The final Holy War will be won by a calm, collected QB (for as good as Hall is, that was his main problem) playing for the Cougars.

    I honestly think the difference for BYU this year will be humility and calm leadership. Riley Nelson knows how to lead even when losing (we fell apart the last few years). It sounds odd, but it’s an important skill to have. Even more impressive, Jake Heaps’ first loss as a starting QB took over 2 years, happened on television, and can be attributed to any one of three picks (only seven for the whole season) thrown against nationally ranked Zac Stout and Oaks Christian. Oh, did I mention he had the flu, vomitted multiple times before/during the game, and had a fever over 102? That’s courage.

    BYU has a solid O-line, receiver corps, and secondary. We ALWAYS have stud linebackers. We have a bunch of running backs ready to emerge from Unga’s shadow (see the OU game last year when he was injured). All we need is a strong QB and a solid D-line. Wait, we already have a strong but unheralded D-line. And we have FOUR excellent quarterbacks. I’m sorry, but I think the Cougs are loaded. 2010 is our turn to make some waves… :)

  • Ben said:

    I think the media is going to find out who Jordan Pendleton is real quick and regret not putting him as a first teamer.

    Ask jordan wynn….he knows who he is. Or maybe not….he got his bell rung pretty bad….

  • Attu AK said:

    Isn’t it true that the same people who decided to hold media days in Vegas in July are the same group that decided to hold the Rebel Invitational, ah, I mean the MWC Basketball tournament in Vegas every year?

  • GJ said:

    Greg, I like your predictions, though I’m not that optimistic. I think the first three games could be very brutal.
    Bronco lost to SDSU his first year. It was the week after they lost in overtime to TCU at home, and traveled to San Diego the next week demoralized. Though they lost it was something of a turning point for the season.

  • Trey said:

    I actually think that the media predictions are realistic, safe and sound. What I hope to see is:

    1. BYU
    2. TCU
    3. Air Force
    4. Wyoming
    5. CSU
    6. SDSU
    7. UNLV
    8. New Mexico
    9. Utah

    I know that is not realistic, but in order to improve the MWC overall team rankings, Utah needs to be beat into the ground. Cuz after they join the liberal west coast conference, their stats will not longer apply to us in the BCS evaluation.

    Also, the last time Air Force beat us was Sept. 27, 2003: 24-10. The year before that, Oct. 12, 2002: 57-9. This was Crowton era. Bronco seems to have this game under control, but with all the new players on this team, they better be careful or the cadets will run all over them. I’m not being a pessimist. I think our boys will take em again… I’m just saying, the AFA game is one that BYU always has to be ready for.

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