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Utah Utes, BYU football: Several Utah, BYU players earn all-MWC honors

Published: Tuesday, July 7 2015 7:50 a.m. MDT

Zane Taylor (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Zane Taylor (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Utah and BYU were shut out of the Mountain West Conference football awards announced Tuesday, but a total of 25 Utes and Cougars were recognized by the league.

TCU, which is which is undefeated and bound for a BCS bowl for the second consecutive season, and San Diego State, which is going to a bowl for the first time in 12 years, dominated the MWC honors.

Horned Frog senior quarterback Andy Dalton earned the offensive player of the year award after throwing for 2,638 yards and 26 touchdowns. Dalton's teammate, linebacker Tank Carder, was named defensive player of the year. Special teams player of the year honors went to TCU's Jeremy Kerley, who beat out Utah's Shaky Smithson.

SDSU coach Brady Hoke engineered an impressive turnaround for his program this season and he received the coach of the year award. Aztec running back Ronnie Hillman, who rushed for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns, was the league's freshman of the year.

Caleb Schlauderaff (Tyler Cobb) Caleb Schlauderaff (Tyler Cobb)

The All-MWC first-team offense included Utah offensive linemen Caleb Schlauderaff and Zane Taylor; Ute placekicker Joe Phillips; and BYU offensive lineman Matt Reynolds.

The first-team defense featured defensive lineman Vic So'oto and safety Andrew Rich from BYU and Utah defensive lineman Christian Cox. The Utes continued their streak of 10 consecutive seasons with a first-team all-MWC defensive lineman.

The Utes placed wide receiver Jereme Brooks, offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom, and Smithson on the All-MWC second-team offense while defensive back Brandon Burton, who blocked a last-second field goal to preserve a 17-16 victory over BYU last Saturday, and linebacker Chaz Walker were on the second-team defense.

Vic So'oto (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News archives) Vic So'oto (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News archives)

"I think we had fairly good representation," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.

Running back JJ Di Luigi was the lone Cougar on the All-MWC second-team.

Reynolds, who has given up just one sack from his left tackle spot this season, made the All-MWC first-team for the second consecutive season. Rich, who was a second-team All-MWC selection last year, leads the Cougars in tackles, solo tackles, assisted tackles, interceptions, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries and pass breakups. So'oto also earned first-team honors for the first time in his career after leading the Cougars in sacks and quarterback hurries. Di Luigi is No. 2 in the MWC in receiving and rushing yards combined and No. 3 in rushing yards per game and all-purpose yards per game.

"Our players honored are all very deserving," said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "This recognition highlights their strong contributions to our football team."

Matt Reynolds (Duff Tittle, BYU) Matt Reynolds (Duff Tittle, BYU)

Five Utah players received honorable mention: defensive backs Brian Blechen and Lamar Chapman; wide receiver DeVonte Christopher; linebacker Matt Martinez; and defensive lineman Sealver Siliga.

For BYU, wide receiver Luke Ashworth, offensive linemen Terence Brown, Jason Speredon and Braden Hansen; linebacker Shane Hunter; cornerback Brian Logan; and kicker Mitch Payne all received honorable mention.

The all-conference team was voted on by the nine league coaches and a media panel.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Andy Dalton, Sr., QB, TCU

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tank Carder, Jr., LB, TCU

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jeremy Kerley, Sr., KR/PR, TCU

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brady Hoke, San Diego State

2010 All-Mountain West Football First-Team

Offense

Pos..........Player..........Class..........School

QB..........Andy Dalton*#..........Sr..........TCU

WR..........Vincent Brown..........Sr..........San Diego State

WR..........DeMarco Sampson..........Sr..........San Diego State

RB..........Ronnie Hillman..........Fr..........San Diego State

RB..........Ed Wesley..........So..........TCU

TE..........Lucas Reed..........So..........New Mexico

OL..........Matt Reynolds*..........Jr..........BYU

OL..........Jake Kirkpatrick..........Sr...........TCU

OL..........Marcus Cannon*..........Sr..........TCU

OL..........Caleb Schlauderaff..........Sr..........Utah

OL..........Zane Taylor..........Sr...........Utah

PK..........Joe Phillips..........Sr...........Utah

KR/PR..........Jeremy Kerley**..........Sr..........TCU

Defense

Pos...........Player...........Class...........School

DL...........Vic So'oto...........Sr...........BYU

DL...........Guy Miller...........Sr............Colorado State

DL...........Wayne Daniels#...........Sr...........TCU

DL...........Christian Cox...........Sr...........Utah

LB...........Miles Burris...........Jr...........San Diego State

LB...........Tank Carder...........Jr...........TCU

LB...........Tanner Brock...........So...........TCU

DB...........Reggie Rembert*...........Sr...........Air Force

DB...........Andrew Rich...........Sr...........BYU

DB...........Leon McFadden...........So...........San Diego State

DB...........Tejay Johnson...........Sr...........TCU

P...........Brian Stahovich...........Jr...........San Diego State

*--Two-Time First-Team Selection

**--Three-Time First-Team Selection

#--Unanimous Selection

2010 All-Mountain West Football Second-Team

Offense

Pos...........Player...........Class...........School

QB...........Ryan Lindley...........Jr...........San Diego State

WR...........Jeremy Kerley...........Sr...........TCU

WR...........Jereme Brooks...........Sr............Utah

RB...........Asher Clark...........Jr...........Air Force

RB...........JJ Di Luigi...........Jr...........BYU

TE...........Gavin Escobar...........Fr...........San Diego State

OL...........A.J. Wallerstein...........Jr...........Air Force

OL...........Chase Darden...........Sr...........Air Force

OL...........Paul Madsen...........Jr............Colorado State

OL...........Trask Iosefa...........Sr............San Diego State

OL...........Tony Bergstrom...........Jr...........Utah

PK...........Abel Perez...........Jr...........San Diego State

KR/PR...........Shaky Smithson...........Sr...........Utah

Defense

Pos...........Player...........Class...........School

DL...........Rick Ricketts...........Sr...........Air Force

DL...........Cory Grant...........Sr...........TCU

DL...........Stansly Maponga...........Fr...........TCU

DL...........Josh Biezuns...........Jr...........Wyoming

LB...........Mychal Sisson...........Jr...........Colorado State

LB...........Carmen Messina...........So...........New Mexico

LB...........Chaz Walker...........Jr...........Utah

DB...........Colin Jones...........Sr...........TCU

DB...........Jason Teague...........Sr...........TCU

DB...........Brandon Burton...........Jr...........Utah

DB...........Chris Prosinski...........Sr...........Wyoming

P...........Pete Kontodiakos...........So...........Colorado State

2010 Honorable Mention

Air Force: Jon Davis, Jr., DB; Tim Jefferson, Jr., QB; Jonathan Warzeka, Jr., WR/KR; Anthony Wright, Jr., DB.

BYU: Luke Ashworth, Sr., WR; Terence Brown, Jr., OL; Braden Hansen, So., OL; Shane Hunter, Sr., LB; Brian Logan, Sr., DB; Mitch Payne, Sr., K; Jason Speredon, Sr., OL.

Colorado State: Ricky Brewer; Sr., LB; Weston Richburg, Fr., OL.

New Mexico: James Aho, Jr., K; Byron Bell, Sr., OL; Bubba Forrest, Jr., DB.

San Diego State: Ernie Lawson, Sr., DL; Jose Perez, Sr., DB; Andrew Preston, Sr., DB.

TCU: Evan Frosch, Sr., TE; D.J. Yendrey, So., DL; Jimmy Young, Sr., WR, TCU.

UNLV: Will Chandler, Jr., DB; Matt Murphy, Sr., OL.

Utah: Brian Blechen, Fr., DB; Lamar Chapman, Sr., DB; DeVonte Christopher, So., WR; Matt Martinez, Jr., LB; Sealver Siliga, Jr., DL.

Wyoming: Alvester Alexander, So., RB; Nick Carlson, So., OL; Tashaun Gipson, Jr., DB; Brian Hendricks, Jr., LB; Gabe Knapton, Jr., DL; Austin McCoy, Jr., P.

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