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Wolf Pack picked third in division

Staff Report

All-Conference Team


QB — Chuckie Keeton, sr., Utah State

WR — Matt Miller, sr., Boise State, Devante Davis**, sr., UNLV

RB — Jay Ajayi*, jr., Boise State, Donnel Pumphrey, soph., San Diego State

OL — Ty Sambrailo**, sr., Colorado State, Cody Wichmann, sr., Fresno State, LaMar Bratton, sr., New Mexico, Brett Boyko**, sr., UNLV, Robert Waterman, sr., UNLV

TE — Kivon Cartwright, sr., Colorado State


DL — Brock Hekking*, sr., Nevada, Tyeler Davison**, sr. Fresno State, B.J. Larsen**, sr., Utah State, Eddie Yarbrough*, jr., Wyoming

LB — Ejiro Ederaine**, jr., Fresno State, Kyler Fackrell**, jr., Utah State, Zach Vigil**, sr., Utah State

DB — Donte Deayon**, jr., Boise State, Jeremy Ioane**, sr., Boise State, Derron Smith*, sr., Fresno State, J.J. Whittaker, sr., San Diego State


P — Garrett Swanson, jr., Fresno State

PK — Jared Roberts*, sr., Colorado State

Ret. — Carlos Wiggins*, jr., New Mexico

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Chuckie Keeton, sr., QB, Utah State

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Derron Smith, sr., DB, Fresno State

Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year: Carlos Wiggins, jr., KR, New Mexico

2014 MW media picks

Rk. Team (first-place votes) Pts.

Mountain Division

1. Boise State (20) 183

2. Utah State (12) 176

3. Colorado State (1) 135

4. Wyoming 90

5. New Mexico 56

6. Air Force 53

West Division

1. Fresno State (15) 174

2. San Diego State (15) 172

3. Nevada (3) 130

4. UNLV 95

5. San José State 87

6. Hawaii 35

Senior defensive end Brock Hekking was named to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team, and Nevada was predicted to finish third in the West Division as the Mountain West Conference opened up its preseason media days event in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Hekking, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior from Vacaville, Calif., is a two-time All-Mountain West honoree. He is seventh among returning players in career sacks with 17. Entering his senior season, he ranks eighth in tackles for loss (24.5) and sixth in sacks on Nevada’s career charts.

He was Nevada’s lone selection on the 2014 Preseason All-Mountain West Team, which was selected by the media. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year, while Fresno State safety Derron Smith won the accolade on the defensive side. New Mexico kick returner Carlos Wiggins is the Preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year.

The preseason poll, which was also voted on by media, saw Boise State as the predicted champion on the Mountain side and Fresno State was the narrow selection over San Diego State on the West side. Nevada was given three first-place votes and was picked third in the West, followed by UNLV, San Jose State and Hawaii.

Fresno State and San Diego State, which each received 15 first-place votes, will visit Mackay Stadium this year along with Boise State and Colorado State. The Rams are picked third in the Mountain division so four of the predicted top five teams in the conference are on Nevada’s home schedule.

The Mountain West Media Days began Tuesday with the Mountain Division coaches and players meeting with media. The West Division is on tap today with second-year Wolf Pack coach Brian Polian joined by Hekking and senior quarterback Cody Fajardo.

Fans can watch portions of the event on the Mountain West Network at http://www.NevadaWolfPack.TV.

Three-game, mini-plan ticket packages for the upcoming Nevada football season are now on sale, giving fans an opportunity to choose between two different packages.

The silver three-game plan, starting at $63, includes one premium game and two regular games, while the blue three-game plan, starting at $78, includes two premium games and one regular game. This season’s premium games will be the Sept. 5 contest against Washington State and the Oct. 4 game against rival Boise State.

Additionally, single game tickets for all Wolf Pack home football games are slated to go on sale Aug. 8. The ticket office reserves the right to delay on sale dates if inventory is limited. Call 775-348-PACK or visit NevadaWolfPack.com for more information.