LAS VEGAS — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been chosen preseason offensive player of the year in the Mountain West Conference a media vote, with Fresno State safety Derron Smith taking defensive player honors.
New Mexico return specialist Carlos Wiggins was tabbed preseason special teams player of the year after winning the award last season.
Keeton, a senior, threw for 1,388 yards and 18 touchdowns with two interceptions last season before a knee injury against BYU in his team's sixth game ended his season.
Smith enters his final season leading all returning FBS players with 14 career interceptions. The senior is the reigning defensive player of the year after leading the Mountain West and finishing second nationally with seven interceptions in 2013.
Wiggins was the 2013 FBS leader in kick-return yardage, finishing with a conference-best 29.6 yards per return average.
QB_Chuckie Keeton, Sr., Utah State
WR_Matt Miller, Sr., Boise State
WR_Devante Davis, Sr., UNLV
RB_Jay Ajayi, Jr., Boise State
RB_Donnel Pumphrey, So., San Diego State
OL_Ty Sambrailo, Sr., Colorado State
OL_Cody Wichmann, Sr., Fresno State
OL_LaMar Bratton, Sr., New Mexico
OL_Brett Boyko, Sr., UNLV
OL_Robert Waterman, Sr., UNLV
TE_Kivon Cartwright, St., Colorado State
DL_Tyeler Davison, Sr., Fresno State
DL_Brock Hekking, Sr., Nevada
DL_B.J. Larsen, Sr., Utah State
DL_Eddie Yarbrough, Jr., Wyoming
LB_Ejiro Ederaine, Jr., Fresno State
LB_Kyler Fackrell, Jr., Utah State
LB_Zach Vigil, Sr., Utah State
DB_Donte Deayon, Jr., Boise State
DB_Jeremy Ioane, Sr., Boise State
DB_Derron Smith, Sr., Fresno State
DB_J.J. Whitaker, Sr., San Diego State
P_Garrett Swanson, Jr., Fresno State
PK_Jared Roberts, Sr., Colorado State
RS_Carlos Wiggins, Jr., New Mexico
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year— Chuckie Keeton
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year_Derron Smith
Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year_Carlos Wiggins