COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West announced today its 2023 All-Conference football teams and individual award winners, as chosen by the 12 head coaches and a select media panel. Boise State sophomore running back Ashton Jeanty has been honored as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, while Colorado State defensive end Mohamed Kamara was named the MW Defensive Player of the Year. A trio of UNLV Rebels round out the individual honors, as placekicker Jose Pizano was named the MW Special Teams Player of the Year, quarterback Jayden Maiava has been selected as the MW Freshman of the Year and Barry Odom is the MW Coach of the Year.


  • Third Boise State player to be named MW Offensive Player of the Year and first since quarterback Brett Rypien in 2018.
  • Second straight running back to win the award and the ninth in league history.
  • Ranks second in the FBS with 164.6 all-purpose yards per game.
  • Has rushed 182 times for 1,109 yards and 13 touchdowns.
  • Ranks 11th in the FBS with a MW-best 110.9 yards per game despite missing two games.
  • Has turned in five 100-yard rushing games this season, including a pair of 200-yard games.
  • Has 37 catches for 537 yards and five TDs.
  • Wrapped the regular season with 107 yards rushing and a career-best 118 yards receiving against Air Force for just the sixth game with 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in program history.
  • First FBS player with 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards since 2019.
  • Named first-team midseason All-American by the Associated Press, ESPN and CBS Sports.
  • Named to the Maxwell Award Midseason Watch List.


  • Third Colorado State player to earn MW Defensive Player of the Year honors and first since linebacker Shaquil Barrett in 2013.
  • Posted 56 tackles on the season with 29 solo stops.
  • Has 17 tackles for loss and 13 sacks on the season, both of which lead the MW.
  • Ranks fourth in MW history in single-season sacks and second in career sacks (30.5).
  • Leads the MW and ranks fourth in the FBS in sacks per game with 1.08.
  • Ranks ninth in the FBS in tackles for loss per game with 1.4.
  • Forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.
  • Notched 10 quarterback hurries.
  • Earned first-team Midseason All-America honors from CBS Sports and second-team honors from the Associated Press.
  • Named to the Bednarik Award Midseason Watch List.


  • UNLV’s first MW Special Teams Player of the Year.
  • Is 23-for-25 on field goals this season, ranking eighth in the FBS with a field-goal percentage of .920.
  • Is fourth in the FBS with 23 field goals, 1.92 field goals per game and 120 total points scored.
  • Ranks sixth in the FBS with 10.0 points per game.
  • Had a streak of 19 consecutive made field goals this season, which is tied for the second-longest streak in MW history.
  • Matched the MW record with six field goals against Colorado State on Oct. 21. Scored a total of 19 points on the day to tie for third in a game in MW history.
  • Three-time MW Special Teams Player of the Week this season.
  • Twice named one of the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award Stars of the Week and was the College Football Network Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 8.
  • Semifinalist for the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award.


  • UNLV’s seventh MW Freshman of the Year and the third in the last four seasons.
  • Earned second-team All-Mountain West honors.
  • Came off the bench against Vanderbilt in Week 3 to lead UNLV to the win and started every game thereafter, fashioning a 7-2 record as a starter.
  • Is 186-for-290 for 2,626 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.
  • Leads all FBS freshmen with a .641 completion percentage, a 152.0 passing efficiency, and 9.06 yards per pass attempt.
  • Threw for at least 200 yards in seven consecutive games to end the regular season and eight games overall, tying him for ninth in a career in UNLV history.
  • Ran for 244 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Earned a record five MW Freshman of the Week citations.
  • Named the College Football Network Freshman Player of the Week for Week 7 after completing a UNLV freshman-record 80 percent of his passes (20-for-25) in a win over Nevada.


  • Earned UNLV’s second MW Coach of the Year award and first since 2000 (John Robinson).
  • Has led a Rebels squad that was picked ninth in the preseason Mountain West poll to a share of its first MW regular-season title and its first appearance in the MW Championship.
  • At 9-3 overall, has led UNLV to its most overall wins since 1984.
  • Led the Rebels to their most MW wins in a single season with six.
  • Has seen UNLV receive votes in at least one national poll for the last seven weeks of the regular season.
  • Saw five players earn six All-MW first-team honors and three more claim second-team distinction.



Position Player Class Team
QB Chevan Cordeiro Sr. San José State
WR Tory Horton* Sr. Colorado State
WR Ricky White III Jr. UNLV
WR Jalen Royals Jr. Utah State
RB Ashton Jeanty So. Boise State
RB Kairee Robinson So. San José State
TE Dallin Holker Jr. Colorado State
OL Thor Paglialong Sr. Air Force
OL Cade Beresford Sr. Boise State
OL JC Davis Jr. New Mexico
OL Tiger Shanks Jr. UNLV
OL Frank Crum Gr. Wyoming
PK Jose Pizano Sr. UNLV
KR Jacob De Jesus Jr. UNLV


Position Player Class Team
DL PJ Ramsey Sr. Air Force
DL Ahmed Hassanein Jr. Boise State
DL Mohamed Kamara Gr. Colorado State
DL Tre Smith So. San José State
LB Bo Richter Sr. Air Force
LB Jackson Woodard Jr. UNLV
LB MJ Tafisi Jr. Sr. Utah State
LB Easton Gibbs* Jr. Wyoming
DB Trey Taylor Sr. Air Force
DB Jack Howell* Jr. Colorado State
DB Emany Johnson Sr. Nevada
DB Ike Larsen So. Utah State
P James Ferguson-Reynolds So. Boise State
PR Jacob De Jesus Jr. UNLV

*Two-Time First-Team Selection



Position Player Class Team
QB Jayden Maiava R-Fr. UNLV
WR Steven McBride Sr. Hawai‘i
WR Nick Nash Jr. San José State
WR Terrell Vaughn Sr. Utah State
RB Emmanuel Michel Sr. Air Force
RB Jacory Croskey-Merritt Sr. New Mexico
TE Mark Redman* Sr. San Diego State
OL Adam Karas Sr. Air Force
OL Kage Casey R-Fr. Boise State
OL Jacob Gardner Sr. Colorado State
OL Mose Vavao Sr. Fresno State
OL Cade Bennett* Jr. San Diego State
PK Jonah Dalmas Sr. Boise State
KR Terrell Vaughn Sr. Utah State


Position Player Class Team
DL Jalen Dixon Jr. UNLV
DL Devo Bridges Sr. Fresno State
DL Soane Toia Jr. San José State
DL Jordan Bertagnole Jr. Wyoming
LB Alec Mock Sr. Air Force
LB Andrew Simpson So. Boise State
LB Chase Wilson Jr. Colorado State
LB Levelle Bailey Sr. Fresno State
DB Carlton Johnson Sr. Fresno State
DB Morice Norris Jr. Sr. Fresno State
DB Noah Tumblin Sr. San Diego State
DB Cameron Oliver Jr. UNLV
P Jack Browning Sr. San Diego State
PR Tory Horton Sr. Colorado State

*Two-Time Second-Team Selection


Air Force Matthew Dapore, PK; Jayden Goodwin, DB; Zac Larrier, QB
Boise State Garrett Curran, OL; A’Marion McCoy, CB; Marco Notarainni, LB; Seyi Oladipo, DB; Alexander Teubner, S
Colorado State Chigozie Anusiem, CB; Henry Blackburn, S; Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, QB; Drew Moss, OL; Justus Ross-Simmons, WR
Fresno State Erik Brooks, WR; Mikey Keene, QB; Malik Sherrod, RB; Jacob Spomer, OL; Tre Watson, TE
Hawai‘i Pofele Ashlock, WR; Peter Manuma, DB; Brayden Schager, QB; Matthew Shipley, PK; Cam Stone, DB
Nevada Dalevon Campbell, WR; Tongiaki Mateialona, LB; Brandon Talton, PK; Drue Watts, LB; Isaiah World, OL
New Mexico Dylan Hopkins, QB; Alec Mareno, LB; Donte Martin, CB; Caleb Medford, WR; Zach Morris, CB
San Diego State Kenan Christon, KR; Zyrus Fiaseu, LB; Dez Malone, CB; Jalen Mayden, QB; Mekhi Shaw, WR/PR
San José State Fernando Carmona Jr., OT; Jay’Vion Cole, CB; Tre Jenkins, S; Anthony Pardue, C; Bryun Parham, LB
UNLV Vincent Davis Jr., RB; Donavyn Lester, RB; Marsel McDuffie, LB ; Marshall Nichols, P; Jaxen Turner, S
Utah State Micah Davis, WR/PR; Devin Dye, S; Broc Lane, TE; Hale Motu’apuaka, DL; Anthony Switzer, LB
Wyoming Wyett Ekeler, S; Andrew Peasley, QB; Harrison Waylee, RB; Treyton Welch, TE; Wyatt Wieland, WR