Seau, Boy named All-MW first team
Nevada senior Ian Seau and junior Alex Boy were named to the Preseason All-Mountain West team, while the Nevada football team was picked to finish third in the MW West Division.
The preseason all-conference teams and poll were announced Tuesday, marking the opening of the Mountain West Football Media Days at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The Wolf Pack collected 113 points and was predicted to finish third in the West Division behind San Diego State (177) and Fresno State (141). Trailing Nevada were San Jose State, Hawaii and UNLV. Boise State was pegged to win the Mountain Division, followed by Utah State, Colorado State, Air Force, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Entering the third year of the Brian Polian era, Nevada begins the 2015 season with high expectations after posting a 7-6 record last year and advancing to the program’s ninth bowl game in the past 10 years. Nevada returns 31 letter winners and 12 starters from last year’s squad.
A senior defensive end, Seau’s All-MW accolade adds to an impressive preseason haul of awards. Seau has also recently been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists.
The 6-foot-3, 250 pound defensive end earned All-MW second team honors in 2014. Seau posted 10.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks last season, as each statistic ranked in the top 10 in Nevada’s record book. Seau also tallied 31 tackles, five passes defended, forced two fumbles and had one interception last year.
A junior punter from Long Beach, Calif., Boy has been tabbed as the league’s top punter after earning second team All-MW honors last season. Averaging an impressive 44.3 yards per punt, Boy ranked first in the conference and 11th in the nations in yards per punt as a sophomore in his first season as a starter.
Boy was also named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-MW team.
The Wolf Pack met with local, regional and national media Tuesday as the West Division opens MW Football Media Days. Polian, senior running back Don Jackson and senior defensive end Lenny Jones represented Nevada.
The ESPN3 show will broadcast highlights from MW media days on tape delay at 2 p.m. today via ESPN3/WatchESPN.
Nevada opens the 2015 season on Sept. 3 against UC Davis at Mackay Stadium. For Wolf Pack ticket information, call 775-348-PACK or register online at NevadaWolfPack.com.