Chalk talk: My MWC preseason poll

by Dave Reardon on July 27, 2016

MW PRESEASON FOOTBALL BALLOT Dave Reardon (Panel)
QUARTERBACK
1 #4 Brett Rypien – QB – Boise State
RUNNING BACK
1  #19 Donnel Pumphrey – RB – San Diego State 

2  #13 Jeremy McNichols – RB – Boise State

WIDE RECEIVER 

1  #82 Thomas Sperbeck – WR – Boise State 

2  #83 Devonte Boyd – WR – UNLV

TIGHT END 

1 #18 Billy Freeman – TE – San Jose State

OFFENSIVE LINE
1  #54 Fred Zerblis – OL – Colorado State 

2  #56 Nico Siragusa – OL – San Diego State 

3  #59 Austin Stephens – OL – Utah State 

4  #76 Jake Simonich – OL – Utah State 

5  #73 Austin Corbett – OL – Nevada

DEFENSIVE LINE 

1  #70 Travis Seefeldt – DL – Utah State 

2  #91 Nik D’Avanzo – DL – New Mexico 

3  #97 Salesa Faraimo – DL – Nevada 

4  #95 Ricky Ali’ifua – DE – Utah State

LINEBACKER 

1  #31 Jahlani Tavai – LB – Hawai’i 

2  #55 Tau Lotulelei – LB – UNLV 

3  #4 Christian Tago – LB – San Jose State

DEFENSIVE BACK 

1  #8 Weston Steelhammer – DB – Air Force 

2  #23 Damontae Kazee – DB – San Diego State 

3  #23 Dameon Baber – DB – Nevada 

4  #25 Roland Ladipo – DB – Air Force 

PLACEKICKER
1 #49 Tyler Rausa – PK – Boise State
PUNTER
1 #17 Michael Carrizosa – P – San Jose State
RETURN SPECIALIST
1 #20 Rashaad Penny – RB – San Diego State
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1 #19 Donnel Pumphrey – RB – San Diego State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1 #20 Tanner Vallejo – LB – Boise State
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1 #20 Rashaad Penny – RB – San Diego State

MOUNTAIN DIVISION PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1  Boise State 

2  Air Force 

3  Utah State 

4  Colorado State 

5  New Mexico 

6  Wyoming 


WEST DIVISION PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1  San Diego State 

2  Nevada 

3  San Jose State 

4  UNLV 

5  Fresno State 

6  Hawai’i 


1 808warriorfan July 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Guess Dave Reardon is saying he has no faith in “The “Bows” and “Rolo” …

2 Hodad July 27, 2016 at 11:44 pm

No, he’s being extremely realistic. Chow left Rolo with a mess. It will take time. Rolo will make UH competitive again sooner rather later.

3 H-Man July 28, 2016 at 12:54 am

No, I feel Dave is being safe and he didn’t pick Paul Harris as one of the two top running backs. I predict Hawaii will finish 4th in the West Division ahead of UNLV and Fresno St.

4 Sangamon Keith July 28, 2016 at 7:14 am

No, Hodad. He is being negative since we will be playing weaker WAC opponents in Hawaii. The most likely victory should be over New Mexico … we lost to them when our normally dependable field goal kicker missed a late from inside the 20. At that point, Reardon openly wrote that last year’s team found ways to lose. We also led Nevada at the half … So another possible win. Fresno State and UNLV are beatable … And San Jose State has no defense. I’m not predicting a bowl season … but Reardon is a half empty type of guy.

5 Tempmanoa July 28, 2016 at 9:30 am

Harris would be a sure pick for second team. Peumphrey is incredible and the best RB in the league. Close second to Pumphrey– maybe even better is the Wyoming RB who is unstoppable. This year, SDSU, Nevada, and SJSU are a good 3 or 4 steps better than UNLV, Fresno, and Hawaii. UNLV and Fresno both beat us by more than 20 points last year– can see how we would be last. I think it will be very competitive between us and Fresno and UNLV– fight for 4th and out of the cellar.

6 2liveque July 28, 2016 at 11:34 am

All things considered, Harris is no where near Pumphery. Dave made the right call.

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