Courtesy of the Mountain West Conference
LAS VEGAS - The Mountain West Conference announced its 2010 preseason all-Conference football team today as selected by members of the media. TCU swept the individual awards with senior quarterback Andy Dalton being named Preseason MWC Offensive Player of the Year, junior linebacker Tank Carder selected as Defensive Player of the Year and senior punt/kick returner Jeremy Kerley tabbed Special Teams Player of the Year.
Dalton, the 2009 MWC Offensive Player of the Year award recipient, threw 23 touchdown passes and set a TCU single-season record for passing yards with 2,756 during his junior campaign. A product of Katy, Texas, Dalton currently leads the nation with 29 career victories as the Horned Frogs' starting quarterback.
Carder, a second-team all-MWC honoree in 2009, ranked second on TCU with 89 tackles, including 10 for a loss, during his sophomore season. A 13-game starter, Carder also tallied 10 pass breakups and one interception, contributing to a Horned Frogs' defense that led the nation in total defense by allowing 239.7 yards per game.
Kerley, a first-team all-MWC selection in 2008 and 2009, respectively, led the league in punt returns (39) and total punt return yardage (563), while also leading the Conference in kickoff return average (26.6). The Hutto, Texas native also amassed a league-high 1,624 all-purpose yards last season.
The 2010 preseason all-MWC team was announced today at MWC Football Media Day, being held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. The team features 23 players that were all-Conference selections in 2009, including eight first-team honorees. Fifteen seniors and 11 juniors comprise the 26-member squad.
2010 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team
QB Andy Dalton#* Sr. TCU
WR Vincent Brown** Sr. San Diego State
WR Phillip Payne Jr. UNLV
RB Eddie Wide* Sr. Utah
RB Jared Tew** Sr. Air Force
OL Matt Reynolds#* Jr. BYU
OL Jake Kirkpatrick** Sr. TCU
OL Caleb Schlauderaff** Sr. Utah
OL Marcus Cannon* Sr. TCU
OL Zane Taylor** Sr. Utah
TE Alston Umuolo Sr. San Diego State
DL Johnathan Rainey** Jr. New Mexico
DL Wayne Daniels** Sr. TCU
DL Cory Grant** Sr. TCU
LB Carmen Messina* Jr. New Mexico
LB Tank Carder** Jr. TCU
LB Brian Hendricks** Jr. Wyoming
LB Mychal Sisson** Jr. Colorado State
DB Brandon Burton Jr. Utah
DB Reggie Rembert* Sr. Air Force
DB Anthony Wright** Jr. Air Force
DB Andrew Rich** Sr. BYU
DB Chris Prosinski** Sr. Wyoming
Note: Five defensive backs were selected due to a tie in the voting.
P Brian Stahovich** Jr. San Diego State
PK Ross Evans* Jr. TCU
Ret. Jeremy Kerley#* Sr. TCU
Offensive Player of the Year:
Andy Dalton, Sr., QB, TCU
Defensive Player of the Year:
Tank Carder, Jr., LB, TCU
Special Teams Player of the Year:
Jeremy Kerley, Sr., KR/PR TCU
# - unanimous 2010 preseason selection.
* - member of the 2009 All-Mountain West Conference first-team.
** - member of the 2009 All-Mountain West Conference second-team.