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2009 MWC Preseason All-Conference Football Team Announced

Mountain West Conference Press Release
July 21, 2009

LAS VEGAS -The Mountain West Conference announced its 2009 preseason all-conference team today as selected by members of the media. BYU senior quarterback Max Hall was named Preseason MWC Offensive Player of the Year, while TCU senior defensive end Jerry Hughes was selected Defensive Player of the Year, TCU junior kick returner Jeremy Kerley was chosen Special Teams Player of the Year and TCU running back Ed Wesley (TCU) was tabbed Freshman of the Year for the preseason.

Hall, a first-team all-MWC honoree in 2008, passed for league-highs of 3,957 yards and 35 touchdowns last fall, leading the Conference in both categories for the second straight season. His passing and total yardage (4,072) numbers ranked among the top 10 nationally while setting MWC records for a junior signal-caller.

Hughes, a consensus All-American and the MWC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, was a first-team all-MWC selection a year ago after leading the nation with an MWC single-season record of 15 sacks. He also tied for the lead nationally with six forced fumbles.

Kerley, a first-team all-MWC selection as a kick returner in 2008, led the league in punt returns (25) and total punt return yardage (348) last season.

Wesley rushed for 1,309 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior year at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. He also competed on the track team, running the 4x100 and 4x200 relays as well as the 100-meter event.

The 2009 preseason team is loaded with experience, featuring 19 players that were all-Conference selections in 2008, including six first-team honorees. Twenty-one seniors, three juniors and two sophomores comprise the 26-member squad.

2009 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team
QB Max Hall** Sr. BYU
WR Ryan Wolfe* Sr. UNLV
WR Rashaun Greer** Sr. Colorado State
WR Vincent Brown Jr. San Diego State
RB Harvey Unga** Jr. BYU
RB Matt Asiata Sr. Utah
OL Zane Beadles* Sr. Utah
OL Nick Charles** Sr. Air Force
OL Shelley Smith** Sr. Colorado State
OL Erik Cook** Sr. New Mexico
OL Marshall Newhouse** Sr. TCU
TE Dennis Pitta*# Sr. BYU
Note: Three wide receivers were selected due to a tie in the voting.
DL Jan Jorgensen* Sr. BYU
DL Jerry Hughes*# Sr. TCU
DL John Fletcher** Sr. Wyoming
DL Koa Misi** Sr. Utah
LB Daryl Washington Sr. TCU
LB Jason Beauchamp** Sr. UNLV
LB Stevenson Sylvester**# Sr. Utah
DB Chris Thomas** Sr. Air Force
DB Rafael Priest** Sr. TCU
DB Nick Sanders Sr. TCU
DB Robert Johnson Sr. Utah
P Anson Kelton So. TCU
PK Mitch Payne Jr. BYU
Ret. Jeremy Kerley* Jr. TCU
Offensive Player of the Year:
Max Hall, Sr., QB, BYU
Defensive Player of the Year:
Jerry Hughes, Sr., DL, TCU
Special Teams Player of the Year:
Jeremy Kerley, Jr., KR/PR, TCU
Freshman of the Year:
Ed Wesley, RB, TCU
# - unanimous 2009 preseason selection.
* - member of the 2008 All-Mountain West Conference first-team.
** - member of the 2008 All-Mountain West Conference second-team.


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