Three Wolf Pack football players picked up All-Mountain West honors Wednesday when the conference released its postseason awards.
Running back Toa Taua was named the MW freshman of the year, becoming the first Wolf Pack player to earn that honor since Nevada moved to the conference in 2012. Defensive end Korey Rush and linebacker Malik Reed also earned first-team All-MW accolades. It was the second straight season Reed was named first-team All-MW, but his first time at linebacker after moving from defensive end last season.
Taua led the Wolf Pack with 816 rushing yards and six touchdowns, the yardage total ranking 10th nationally among freshman. He averaged 5.23 yards per carry and is the eighth running back named the MW freshman of the year, the first since San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman in 2010.
Reed led the MW in tackles for loss (15.5) and forced fumbles (four), was fourth in sacks (eight) and fifth in fumble recoveries (two) while adding 72 tackles. Rush suffered a season-ending broken foot during Nevada's ninth game but still finished with six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. The senior duo helped Nevada cut its points allowed per game from 33.9 to 28.1 and its yards allowed per game from 471.3 to 378.3.
Nevada had seven All-MW honorable mentions, the second most in the conference. They included DB Dameon Baber; DB Daniel Brown; P Quinton Conaway; OL Sean Krepsz; WR McLane Mannix; OL Jake Nelson; and DB Asauni Rufus.
Fresno State led the first- and second-team honorees with 10 selections, followed by Boise State (eight), Utah State (eight), San Diego State (five), Wyoming (four), San Jose State (three), Colorado State (three), Hawaii (two), Nevada (two), New Mexico (two), Air Force (two) and UNLV (one).
Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien was named the MW offensive player of the year; Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison was the defensive player of the year; Wyoming kicker Cooper Rothe the special teams player of the year; and Utah State's Matt Wells the coach of the year. Here are the full list of honorees.
Mountain West Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Brett Rypien, Sr., QB, Boise State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeff Allison, Jr., LB, Fresno State
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cooper Rothe, Jr., PK, Wyoming
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Toa Taua, RB, Nevada
COACH OF THE YEAR
Matt Wells, Utah State
ALL-MW FIRST TEAM
QB Brett Rypien, Boise State
WR Preston Williams, Colorado State
WR John Ursua, Hawai‘i
RB Alexander Mattison, Boise State
RB Nico Evans, Wyoming
TE Josh Oliver, San José State
OL Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
OL John Molchon, Boise State
OL Christian Cronk, Fresno State
OL Keith Ismael, San Diego State
OL Quin Ficklin, Utah State
PK Cooper Rothe, Wyoming
PR/KR Savon Scarver, Utah State
DL Jabril Frazier, Boise State
DL Curtis Weaver, Boise State
DL Mykal Walker, Fresno State
DL Korey Rush, Nevada
LB Jeff Allison, Fresno State
LB Malik Reed, Nevada
LB Kyahva Tezino, San Diego State
DB Tyler Horton, Boise State
DB Tank Kelly, Fresno State
DB Dakari Monroe, San José State
DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
P Ryan Stonehouse, Colorado State
ALL-MW SECOND TEAM
QB Jordan Love, Utah State
WR Sean Modster, Boise State
WR KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State
RB Lexington Thomas, UNLV
RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State
TE Jared Rice, Fresno State
OL Griffin Landrum, Air Force
OL Micah St. Andrew, Fresno State
OL Aaron Jenkins, New Mexico
OL Ryan Pope, San Diego State
OL Roman Andrus, Utah State
PK John Baron II, San Diego State
PR/KR Marcus Hayes, New Mexico
DL Jordan Jackson, Air Force
DL Kaimana Padello, Hawai‘i
DL Bryson Bridges, San José State
DL Carl Granderson, Wyoming
LB Josh Watson, Colorado State
LB Tipa Galeai, Utah State
LB David Woodward, Utah State
DB Mike Bell, Fresno State
DB Juju Hughes, Fresno State
DB Tariq Thompson, San Diego State
DB Jontrell Rocquemore, Utah State
P Blake Cusick, Fresno State
Air Force: Jeremy Fejedelem, Jr., DB.
Boise State: Durrant Miles, Sr., DL; Kekoa Nawahine, Jr., DB; Avery Williams, So, RS/DB.
Colorado State: None
Fresno State: Jaron Bryant, Jr., DB; Jasad Haynes, Jr, DL; George Helmuth, Sr., LB; Marcus McMaryion, Sr., QB.
Hawaii: Zeno Choi, Sr., DL; Rojesterman Farris II, Jr.; DB; Cole McDonald, So., QB; Jahlani Tavai, Sr., LB; Solo Vaipulu, Fr., OL.
Nevada: Dameon Baber, Sr., DB; Daniel Brown, Jr., DB; Quinton Conaway, Jr., P; Sean Krepsz, Sr., OL; McLane Mannix, So., WR; Jake Nelson, Jr., OL Asauni Rufus, Sr., DB.
New Mexico: Aaron Blackwell, Jr., DL; Tyson Dyer, So., P; Marcus Hayes, Fr., DB.
San Diego State: Parker Baldwin, Sr., DB; Noble Hall, Sr., DL; Brandon Heicklen, Jr., P; Kahale Warring, Jr., TE; Juwan Washington, Jr., RB.
San José State: Ethan Aguayo, Jr., LB; Thai Cottrell, Sr., RS; Bryce Crawford, Sr., P; Boogie Roberts, Sr., DL.
UNLV: Nathan Jacobson, Sr., OL; Roger Mann, Sr., DL; Justin Polu, Jr., OL.
Utah State: Adewale Adeoye, Sr., DL; Rob Castaneda, Sr., OL; Dominik Eberle, Jr., PK; Gaje Ferguson, Sr., DB; Fua Leilua, Jr., DL; Dax Raymond, Jr., TE; Christopher Unga, Jr., DL; DJ Williams, Jr., DB. Ron’Quavion Tarver, Sr., WR Sean Taylor, Sr., OL.
Wyoming: Tyler Hall, Jr., DB; Logan Wilson, Jr., LB.