July 27, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - San Diego State football has been tabbed for a sixth-place finish and senior wide receiver Vincent Brown, senior tight end Alston Umuolo and junior punter Brian Stahovich have all been named to the preseason all-Mountain West Conference team, according to the annual preseason media survey conducted by the league office. The 26-member all-conference squad and predicted league finish were released Tuesday morning at the MWC's annual media day in Las Vegas.
The sixth-place ranking in the preseason poll is the highest for an Aztec team since also being selected sixth prior to the 2006 campaign. San Diego State has finished at or higher than its projected preseason ranking in four of the last five seasons.
With three members on the all-conference team, San Diego State equaled its combined representation in the previous four seasons (2006-09) and placed multiple individuals on the squad for the first time since four Aztecs - Lynell Hamilton, Mike Kracalik, Matt McCoy and Kirk Morrison - earned spots on the 2004 squad.
Brown was one of the top receivers in the country last season before suffering a season-ending thumb injury. Nonetheless, he earned second-team all-conference honors and enters his final year with 140 receptions, 1,758 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns receiving. Brown is on the preseason all-conference list for the second consecutive season, the first SDSU player to do so since current New Orleans Saints running back Lynell Hamilton was tabbed in 2004 and 2005.
Despite playing his home games at sea level, Stahovich was one of the nation's top punters a year ago as a sopohomore. In 2009, he averaged 43.8 yards per kick and had 13 of his boots downed inside the 20. He was 13th in the country a year ago in punting average.
With 33 career games played, Umuolo has established himself as one of the premier tight ends on the West coast. Last season, he caught a career-high 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns.
Defending MWC champion TCU, which finished 2009 with an 8-0 conference record (12-1 overall) and a No. 6 national ranking, was picked to win the league and received all 31 first-place votes. The Horned Frogs were followed by Utah (242 points), BYU (207 points), Air Force (195 points) and Wyoming (147 points). Colorado State (7th - 96 pts.), UNLV (8th - 56 pts.) and New Mexico (9th - 45 pts.) rounded out the poll.
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