Boise State, Fresno State picked to win MWC divisions

FSU's Derrick Carr grabbed MWC preseason honors. (USATSI)
Fresno State QB Derek Carr grabbed MWC preseason honors. (USATSI)

Boise State Broncos and Fresno State Bulldogs are the media's overwhelming preseason choices to win the Mountain West Conference's newly formed divisions, the league announced Monday at its annual media day in Las Vegas.

The Broncos were tabbed to win the Mountain Division, garnering 40 of 41 first-place votes and 245 points overall. The Bulldogs were the choice in the West Division, winning 39 of 41 first-place votes and 243 votes overall.

This season marks the first time the league will feature divisional play. Air Force Falcons , Boise State, Colorado State Rams , New Mexico Lobos , Utah State Aggies and Wyoming Cowboys make up the Mountain Division, with Fresno State, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors , Nevada Wolf Pack , San Diego State Aztecs , San Jose State Spartans and UNLV Rebels comprising the West Division. The two divisional winners will meet in the inaugural MW Championship Game, which will be held Dec. 7 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.

Here's how the two division votes shaped up:

Mountain Division (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Boise State (40) 245
2. Utah State (1) 204
3. Air Force 143
4. Wyoming 116
5. Colorado State 90
6. New Mexico 63

West Division

1. Fresno State (39) 243
2. San Diego State (1) 181
3. San Jose State (1) 172
4. Nevada 135
5. UNLV 71
6. Hawaii 59

The league also announced its preseason all-conference team. Fresno State players were picked to win both major awards, with quarterback Derek Carr tabbed as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and safety Derron Smith garnering the preseason defensive honor.

The full team below:

OFFENSE

QB Derek Carr * Sr. Fresno State
WR Davante Adams * So. Fresno State
WR Noel Grigsby Sr. San Jose State
RB Kasey Carrier ** Sr. New Mexico
RB Adam Muema ** Jr. San Diego State
OL Charles Leno ** Sr. Boise State
OL Matt Paradis * Sr. Boise State
OL Weston Richburg Sr. Colorado State
OL Austin Wentworth * Sr. Fresno State
OL Tyler Larsen Sr. Utah State Aggies
TE Marcel Jensen Sr. Fresno State

DEFENSE

DL Demarcus Lawrence * Jr. Boise State
DL Tyeler Davison * Jr. Fresno State
DL Brock Hekking ** Jr. Nevada
DL Travis Raciti Jr. San Jose State
LB Jake Fely ** Jr. San Diego State
LB Keith Smith Sr. San Jose State
LB Kyler Fackrell So. Utah State
DB L.J. Jones Sr. Fresno State
DB Derron Smith * Jr. Fresno State
DB Nat Berhe ** Sr. San Diego State
DB Bené Benwikere Sr. San Jose State

SPECIALISTS

P Ben Skaer Sr. New Mexico
PK Austin Lopez So. San Jose State
Ret. Chase Clayton Jr. New Mexico

PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State

PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Derron Smith, Jr., DB, Fresno State

PRESEASON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Chase Clayton, Jr., KR, New Mexico
* - member of the 2012 All-Mountain West first team. 
** - member of the 2012 All-Mountain West second team.
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