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