Three Aztecs Named To 2010 MWC Preseason All-Conference Team

July 27, 2010

SDSU Photo Gallery At 2010 MWC Media Day

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - San Diego State football has been tabbed for a sixth-place finish and senior wide receiver Vincent Brown, senior tight end Alston Umuolo and junior punter Brian Stahovich have all been named to the preseason all-Mountain West Conference team, according to the annual preseason media survey conducted by the league office. The 26-member all-conference squad and predicted league finish were released Tuesday morning at the MWC's annual media day in Las Vegas.

The sixth-place ranking in the preseason poll is the highest for an Aztec team since also being selected sixth prior to the 2006 campaign. San Diego State has finished at or higher than its projected preseason ranking in four of the last five seasons.

With three members on the all-conference team, San Diego State equaled its combined representation in the previous four seasons (2006-09) and placed multiple individuals on the squad for the first time since four Aztecs - Lynell Hamilton, Mike Kracalik, Matt McCoy and Kirk Morrison - earned spots on the 2004 squad.

Brown was one of the top receivers in the country last season before suffering a season-ending thumb injury. Nonetheless, he earned second-team all-conference honors and enters his final year with 140 receptions, 1,758 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns receiving. Brown is on the preseason all-conference list for the second consecutive season, the first SDSU player to do so since current New Orleans Saints running back Lynell Hamilton was tabbed in 2004 and 2005.

Despite playing his home games at sea level, Stahovich was one of the nation's top punters a year ago as a sopohomore. In 2009, he averaged 43.8 yards per kick and had 13 of his boots downed inside the 20. He was 13th in the country a year ago in punting average.

With 33 career games played, Umuolo has established himself as one of the premier tight ends on the West coast. Last season, he caught a career-high 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns.

Defending MWC champion TCU, which finished 2009 with an 8-0 conference record (12-1 overall) and a No. 6 national ranking, was picked to win the league and received all 31 first-place votes. The Horned Frogs were followed by Utah (242 points), BYU (207 points), Air Force (195 points) and Wyoming (147 points). Colorado State (7th - 96 pts.), UNLV (8th - 56 pts.) and New Mexico (9th - 45 pts.) rounded out the poll.

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2010 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll
Rk. Team (first place votes) Points
1. TCU (31) 		279
2. Utah 		242
3. BYU 			207
4. Air Force 		195
5. Wyoming 		147
6. San Diego State 	128
7. Colorado State 	96
8. UNLV 		56
9. New Mexico 		45

2010 Preseason All-Mountain West Team Offense QB Andy Dalton#* Sr. TCU WR Vincent Brown ** Sr. San Diego State WR Phillip Payne Jr. UNLV RB Eddie Wide* Sr. Utah RB Jared Tew** Sr. Air Force OL Matt Reynolds#* Jr. BYU OL Jake Kirkpatrick** Sr. TCU OL Caleb Schlauderaff** Sr. Utah OL Marcus Cannon* Sr. TCU OL Zane Taylor** Sr. Utah TE Alston Umuolo Sr. San Diego State

Defense DL Johnathan Rainey** Jr. New Mexico DL Wayne Daniels** Sr. TCU DL Cory Grant** Sr. TCU LB Carmen Messina* Jr. New Mexico LB Tank Carder** Jr. TCU LB Brian Hendricks** Jr. Wyoming LB Mychal Sisson** Jr. Colorado State DB Brandon Burton Jr. Utah DB Reggie Rembert* Sr. Air Force DB Anthony Wright** Jr. Air Force DB Andrew Rich** Sr. BYU DB Chris Prosinski** Sr. Wyoming

Specialists P Brian Stahovich ** Jr. San Diego State PK Ross Evans* Jr. TCU Ret. Jeremy Kerley#* Sr. TCU

Offensive Player of the Year: Andy Dalton, Sr., QB, TCU Defensive Player of the Year: Tank Carder, Jr., LB, TCU Special Teams Player of the Year: Jeremy Kerley, Sr., KR/PR TCU

# - unanimous 2010 preseason selection. * - member of the 2009 All-Mountain West Conference first-team. ** - member of the 2009 All-Mountain West Conference second-team. Note: Five defensive backs were selected due to a tie in the voting.

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