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Boise State QB Brett Rypien passes his way on to PFF's 2018 All-Mountain West selections

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 4, 2018

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Dec 1, 2018; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien (4) throws a pass during the first half against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Albertsons Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 regular season is in the books and the College Football Playoffs are set. With the culmination of the regular season comes PFF’s awards and all-conference selections as well as our All-American lists for both the first and second team.

The All-conference selections have been made by each of PFF’s leading conference analyst based mainly on PFF’s play-by-play grading process for the entire season as well as cumulative grades, game grades against quality opposition, other PFF advanced statistics and playing time.

The All-MWC selections below are headlined by the first team with the second team listed below each position.

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Quarterback

First Team: Brett Rypien, Boise State

Rypien was stellar this season with 3,580 yards and an adjusted completion percentage of 76.4% (second). On top of that, he was the conference’s best under pressure this year with a passer rating of 97.2.

Second Team: Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State

Running Back

First Team: Darwin Thompson, Utah State

Of Thompson’s 951 yards, 706 came after contact and he forced 42 missed tackles.

Second Team: Alexander Mattison, Boise State

Running Back

First Team: Nico Evans, Wyoming

Evans led the conference with 1,306 yards and had 53 missed tackles forced on his carries this season.

Second Team: Dayton Furuta, Hawaii

Wide Receiver

First Team: Preston Williams, Colorado State

Williams led all receivers with 97 catches and was second in yards (1,339) and touchdowns (14).

Second Team: Fred Trevillion, San Diego State

Wide Receiver

First Team: KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State

Johnson caught 63.6% of his deep passes (20-plus yards) to go with 14 missed tackles forced and a passer rating when targeted of 132.9.

Second Team: A.J. Richardson Boise State

Wide Receiver

First Team: Tre Walker, San Jose State

Walker only dropped two passes all season and had the best deep-ball reception percentage of 66.7%.

Second Team: Sean Modster, Boise State

Tight End

First Team: Marcus Bennett, Air Force

Bennett led the conference in yards per route run at 4.23, making the most of his snaps in route this season.

Second Team: Josh Oliver, San Jose State

Offensive Tackle

First Team: Ezra Cleveland, Boise State

Cleveland was the highest-graded tackle in the conference by a full 10.0 points this season.

Second Team: Jake Nelson, Nevada

Offensive Guard

First Team: Kaden Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson only allowed eight pressures this season and had a solid run-blocking grade of 74.9

Second Team: Micah St. Andrew, Fresno State

Center

First Team: Keith Ismael, San Diego State

Ismael was the best run-blocker in the conference and only allowed three sacks this season.

Second Team: Christopher Mitchell, Air Force

Offensive Guard

First Team: J.R. Hensley, Hawaii

Hensley had more snaps in pass protection of any guard while allowing only one sack and a pass-blocking efficiency of 99.5.

Second Team: John Molchon, Boise State

Offensive Tackle

First Team: Nathan Jacobson, UNLV

Jacobson was solid at tackle this season as he was one of two tackles who graded above 70.0 in both run and pass blocking in 2018.

Second Team: Scott Hattok, Air Force

DEFENSE

Edge Defender

First Team: Malik Reed, Nevada

Playing in a more hybrid role this season, Reed was a truly well-rounded player. His 51 total pressures led the conference and he tied for the lead in tackles, with all but two of them going for stops.

Second Team: Mykal Walker, Fresno State

Edge Defender

First Team: Curtis Weaver, Boise State

Weaver finished with 55 total QB pressures and led conference edge defenders with 22 combined sacks and QB hits.

Second Team: Jabril Frazier, Boise State

Defensive Interior

First Team: Adewale Adeoye, Utah State

Adeoye tied for the lead in tackles among interior defensive linemen and had the best run-stop percentage of 11.5%.

Second Team: Mosese Fifita, Air Force

Defensive Interior

First Team: Boogie Roberts, San Jose State

Roberts had double the total QB pressures (42) of the next closest interior defensive linemen in the conference. In fact, his 80.4 pass-rushing grade ranked as the 12th-highest among qualified interior linemen this season.

Second Team: Cody Gessler, Air Force

Linebacker

First Team: David Woodward, Utah State

The nation’s surest tackler, Woodward flew all over the field for Utah State this season. Racking up a ridiculous 108 tackles, he missed just three attempts while also bringing down 49 defensive stops and 20 QB pressures on just 100 pass-rushes.

Second Team: Logan Wilson, Wyoming

Linebacker

First Team: Kyahva Tezino, San Diego State

Tezino was third in run-stop percentage in 13.0% and second in pass-rush productivity of 11.6.

Second Team: James Bailey, Fresno State

Cornerback

First Team: Dakari Monroe, San Jose State

Monroe led the conference with 12 pass breakups and four interceptions while he was also top 10 in yards allowed per snap spent in coverage at 1.07.

Second Team: D.J. Williams, Utah State

Cornerback

First Team: Daniel Brown, Nevada

Brown only allowed 47.5% of the balls thrown his way to be caught and was second in the conference among corners, allowing just 0.76 yards per coverage snap.

Second Team: Tyler Hall, Wyoming

Safety

First Team: Juju Hughes, Fresno State

Hughes was tested all season with 46 targets (third most among safeties) while only allowing 50.0% completion percentage. He had seven pass breakups and three interceptions to see a passer rating of 45.6 when targeted.

Second Team: Andrew Wingard, Wyoming

Safety

First Team: Tariq Thompson, San Diego State

Thompson was active in the run game with 25 stops on the season and in the passing game with five pass breakups and two interceptions.

Second Team: Marcus Epps, Wyoming

Flex Defense

First Team: Mike Bell, Fresno State

Bell finishes in the top 10 of the conference, allowing 0.54 yards per snap in coverage and had a quarterback rating of 49.4 when targeted, which was fourth best.

Second Team: Gaje Ferguson, Utah State

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker

First Team: Cooper Rothe, Wyoming

Roothe was almost perfect on all his kicks this season, making all 28 extra points and missing just one field goal to go 44-of-45 on all kicks this season.

Second Team: John Baron II, San Diego State

Punter

First Team: Ryan Stonehouse, Colorado State

Stonehouse averaged 38.3 net yards per punt, averaging a healthy 3.90 seconds of hangtime and knocking 25 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Second Team: Quinn Skillin, Boise State

Kick Returner

First Team: Justice Augafa, Hawaii

Augafa averaged 21.7 yards per kick return, gaining 413 yards on 19 returns and fair catching three without a muffed kick.

Second Team: Thai Cottrell, San Jose State

Punt Returner

First Team: Marcus Hayes, New Mexico

Hayes averaged a ridiculous 20.8 yards per punt return, gaining 291 yards on just 14 returns and a touchdown.

Second Team: Austin Conway, Wyoming

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