This isn’t exactly news, as these teams were released a couple of weeks ago. But I always enjoy looking at preseason all-conference teams, and I just stumbled upon Phil Steele’s 2008 preseason All-Mountain West Conference teams, so I thought I’d pass them along.
No Air Force players made the first team, but junior guard Nick Charles, senior tackle Keith Williams, junior strong safety Chris Thomas and senior kicker/punter Ryan Harrison all made the second team. Senior defensive end Ryan Kemp and senior outside linebacker Hunter Altman made the third team, and senior Z receiver Ty Paffett, senior tight end Travis Dekker and senior nose guard Jared Marvin all made the fourth team.
A couple of interesting notes on the teams:
-Steele’s first-team offense was composed of six players from BYU, four from Utah and one each from UNLV and TCU.
-His first-team defense included four Utah players (including three in the secondary) and four TCU players.
-New Mexico had no first-team players and only two on the second team (senior cornerback DeAndre Wright and senior running back Rodney Ferguson).
Check out the full teams here.