‘Bows picked 2nd in MWC West division, 3 from UH selected to All-MWC Preseason team

Jahlani Tavai

Fresh off a runner-up finish in the West Division of the Mountain West, the University of Hawai’i football team garnered its highest preseason finish (2nd) as voted by the media covering the league. Meanwhile three Rainbow Warriors – offensive lineman Dejon Allen, linebacker Jahlani Tavai, and safety Trayvon Henderson – earned preseason all-conference honors which was announced Tuesday on the first full-day of the Mountain West Football Media Summit at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Hawaii defensive back Trayvon Henderson holds up the football while returning an interception for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee during the second quarter the Hawaii Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

The Warriors totaled 135 votes, trailing only two-time reining MW champion San Diego State (168), who received all 28 first place votes. UNLV (105) was picked third, followed by Nevada (79), San José State (54), and Fresno State (47).

In the Mountain Division, Boise State (161) was picked first with 21 first place votes followed by Colorado State (135), Wyoming (114), Air Force (82), New Mexico (68), and Utah State (28).

The two divisional winners will meet in the MW Championship Game on Dec. 2, 2017 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff Committee ranking.

Tavai, a junior from Inglewood, Calif., was a first-team all-MW pick last season after leading the league with 19.5 tackles-for-loss, and ranking sixth with 129 total tackles. Allen, a senior from Compton, Calif., earned second-team honors last season in his first season at left tackle while Henderson, a senior from Sacramento, Calif., was an honorable mention all-MW selection, who was named the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Tavai, quarterback Dru Brown and head coach Nick Rolovich are representing UH at the Media Summit, which attracts dozens of media members who cover the Mountain West.

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and defensive back Andrew Wingard was voted Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. SDSU’s Rashaad Penny received Special Teams Player of the Year accolades.

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

WEST DIVISION
Rank Team (first-place votes) Points
1. San Diego State (28), 168
2. Hawai’i, 135
3. UNLV, 105
4. Nevada, 79
5. San José State, 54
6. Fresno State, 47

MOUNTAIN DIVISION
Rank Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Boise State (21), 161
2. Colorado State (6), 135
3. Wyoming (1), 114
4. Air Force, 82
5. New Mexico, 68
6. Utah State, 28

2017 Mountain West Preseason All-Conference
Offense
QB  Josh Allen, Wyoming
WR Michael Gallup,  Colorado State
WR Devonte Boyd, UNLV
RB  Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
RB Tyrone Owens, New Mexico
OL Jake Bennett, Colorado State
OL Austin Corbett, Nevada
OL Dejon Allen, Hawai’i
OL Aaron Jenkins, New Mexico
OL Mason Hampton, Boise State
TE David Wells, San Diego State

Defense
DL David Moa, Boise State
DL Malik Reed, Nevada
DL Garrett Hughes, New Mexico
DL Mike Hughes, Jr., UNLV
LB Jahlani Tavai, Hawai’i
LB Logan Wilson, Wyoming
LB Frank Ginda, San José State
DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
DB Andre Chachere, San José State
DB Tyler Horton, Boise State
DB Trayvon Henderson, Hawai’i

Specialists
P Michael Carrizosa, San José State
PK John Baron II, San Diego State
RET Rashaad Penny, San Diego State

Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Wingard, DB, Wyoming
Special Teams Player of the Year: Rashaad Penny, KR, San Diego State

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