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Yarbrough is All-MW preseason team pick

Cowboys picked to finish fourth in the Mountain Division  

LAS VEGAS — A University of Wyoming football standout was selected to the 2014 Mountain West Preseason Team, as junior Eddie Yarbrough occupied a place among league peers when the squad was announced Tuesday by the conference.

Selected by members of the media, the preseason squad comprises 25 honorees. Yarbrough made his first MW Preseason Team after being a First Team All-MW performer in 2013. Over 12 games last year, he tallied 89 tackles from his defensive end post and posted a team-high 6.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass deflection.

Yarbrough is the first UW player selected to the Preseason All-MW team since 2012, when former Cowboys Nick Carlson, Mike Purcell and Luke Ruff made the team. No Pokes were featured on the 2013 preseason team.

The conference also announced the preseason team polls Tuesday. UW was picked to finish fourth in the Mountain Division of the MW in the poll of conference media members. Wyoming totaled 90 points in the voting, trailing Boise State (183), Utah State (176) and Colorado State with 135. New Mexico (56) was selected to finish fifth in the Mountain Division and Air Force was picked sixth (53).

This is the second season of divisional play for the MW, which moved to the two, six-team divisional format in 2013 following the additions of San José State and Utah State. The Mountain Division is comprised of Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming, while Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV make up the West Division. The two divisional winners will meet in the MW Championship Game on Dec. 6 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff Committee ranking. In a poll separated by just two points, Fresno State was picked to win the West Division over second-place San Diego State.

Wyoming opens the regular season versus Montana Aug. 30.

2014 MW Preseason Team Poll

Mountain Division

(First-place votes ) / Points

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

(First-place votes) / Points

1. Fresno State (15) / 174

2. San Diego State (15)/ 172

3. Nevada (3) / 130

4. UNLV / 95

5. San José State / 87

6. Hawai‘i / 35

2014 MW All-Conference Team

Offense

QB - Chuckie Keeton - Utah State

WR - Matt Miller - Boise State

WR - Devante Davis - UNLV

RB - Jay Ajayi - Boise State

RB - Donnel Pumphrey - San Diego State

OL - Ty Sambrailo - Colorado State

OL - Cody Wichmann - Fresno State

OL - LaMar Bratton - New Mexico

OL - Brett Boyko - UNLV

OL - Robert Waterman - UNLV

TE - Kivon Cartwright - Colorado State

Defense

DL - Tyeler Davison - Fresno State

DL - Brock Hekking - Nevada

DL - B.J. Larsen - Utah State

DL - Eddie Yarbrough - Wyoming

LB - Ejiro Ederaine - Fresno State

LB - Kyler Fackrell - Utah State

LB - Zach Vigil - Utah State

DB - Donte Deayon - Boise State

DB - Jeremy Ioane - Boise State

DB - Derron Smith - Fresno State

DB - J.J. Whittaker - San Diego State

Specialists                                                                             

P - Garrett Swanson - Fresno State

PK - Jared Roberts - Colorado State

Ret. - Carlos Wiggins - 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

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