USU’s Larsen, Fackrell named to MWC preseason all-conference teams

LAS VEGAS – The 2013 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team was announced today at the league’s annual Media Days, being held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The team, as selected by members of the media, features 13 student-athletes who were All-MW selections in 2012, including seven first-team honorees. The 25-member squad is comprised of 14 seniors, eight juniors and three sophomores.

Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr was named Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year, while Fresno State junior defensive back Derron Smith was selected Preseason MW Defensive Player of the Year. New Mexico junior return specialist Chase Clayton was tabbed Preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year.

Carr, the 2012 MW Offensive Player of the Year, threw for a Conference-record 4,104 yards to rank eighth in the nation a year ago. He tossed 37 touchdowns on the season (tying for third nationally), against just seven interceptions. The Bakersfield, Calif., product completed a league-record 344 passes on 511 attempts for a 67.3 completion percentage. Carr had three games of more than 400 yards passing, which set a new MW standard. With his 3,544 passing yards in 2011, Carr joined Trent Dilfer (1992-93) as the only Bulldog quarterbacks to pass for over 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

Smith, a 2012 All-MW first-team honoree, finished last season with six interceptions, good for second-best in the MW and tied for fifth nationally. The Banning, Calif., native ranked second on the team with 79 tackles, and in addition, had two pass breakups and one forced fumble. Smith keyed a defensive effort that saw the Bulldogs earn national top-20 rankings in pass defense (second at 167.15 ypg), interceptions (third at 22), pass efficiency defense (fourth at 100.75) and opponent completion percentage (fifth at .514).

Hailing from Carson, Calif., Clayton finished the 2012 campaign as the No. 5 kick returner in the nation with an average of 30.4 yards per return. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, a pair of 98-yard efforts against Texas Tech on Sept. 15 and Southern on Sept. 1, to finish as one of 11 FBS specialists with multiple kick return TDs last season. The 2012 All-MW honorable mention honoree also gained 209 yards on 32 carries (6.5 average) as the team’s backup running back.

The 2013 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team is listed below:



QB Derek Carr * Sr. Fresno State

WR Davante Adams * So. Fresno State

WR Noel Grigsby Sr. San Jose State

RB Kasey Carrier ** Sr. New Mexico

RB Adam Muema ** Jr. San Diego State

OL Charles Leno ** Sr. Boise State

OL Matt Paradis * Sr. Boise State

OL Weston Richburg Sr. Colorado State

OL Austin Wentworth * Sr. Fresno State

OL Tyler Larsen Sr. Utah State

TE Marcel Jensen Sr. Fresno State


DL Demarcus Lawrence * Jr. Boise State

DL Tyeler Davison * Jr. Fresno State

DL Brock Hekking ** Jr. Nevada

DL Travis Raciti Jr. San Jose State

LB Jake Fely ** Jr. San Diego State

LB Keith Smith Sr. San Jose State

LB Kyler Fackrell So. Utah State

DB L.J. Jones Sr. Fresno State

DB Derron Smith * Jr. Fresno State

DB Nat Berhe ** Sr. San Diego State

DB Bené Benwikere Sr. San Jose State


P Ben Skaer Sr. New Mexico

PK Austin Lopez So. San Jose State

Ret. Chase Clayton Jr. New Mexico


Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State


Derron Smith, Jr., DB, Fresno State


Chase Clayton, Jr., KR, New Mexico

* – member of the 2012 All-Mountain West first team.

** – member of the 2012 All-Mountain West second team.

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