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The Associated Press Updated: July 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

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.

 

OFFENSE

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

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DEFENSE

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

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SPECIALISTS

P_Garrett Swanson, Jr., Fresno State

PK_Jared Roberts, Sr., Colorado State

RS_Carlos Wiggins, Jr., New Mexico

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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

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