Bulldogs Clean Up on Mountain West Awards

    Dec. 4, 2012

    By Jason Clay
    jaclay@csufresno.edu
    GoBulldogs.com

    Link to 2012 All-Mountain West Football Teams

    2012 Mountain West Players of the Year
    Offensive Player of the Year Derek Carr
    Defensive Player of the Year Phillip Thomas
    Freshman of the Year Davante Adams
    First-Team RB Robbie Rouse
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Fresno State football team cleaned up on the 2012 Mountain West end-of-the-year awards that the league announced on Tuesday.

    The Bulldogs became the first team in Mountain West history to have the league's Offensive Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year and the Freshman of the Year. The awards are voted on by the league coaches and media that cover Mountain West teams.

    Quarterback Derek Carr was named the 2012 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, safety Phillip Thomas was voted as the Defensive Player of the Year and receiver Davante Adams was selected as the Freshman of the Year.

    Carr becomes the ninth Bulldog to earn league Offensive Player of the Year accolades and the first since his brother, David Carr, did so in 2001. Thomas is the 10th Fresno State player to be named the Defensive Player of the Year, following Chris Carter's selection in 2010. Adams becomes just the third Bulldog to be named the Freshman of the Year and the first since Ryan Wendell in 2004.

    In addition to the player of the year honors, a total of seven Bulldogs were named to the 2012 All-Mountain West football first-team, two were named to the second-team and six were selected to the honorable mention team.

    Joining the players of the year on the 2012 All-Mountain West Football first-team were running back Robbie Rouse, offensive tackle Austin Wentworth, nose guard Tyeler Davison and free safety Derron Smith.

    Carr, Thomas and Adams were all unanimous first-team all-conference selections. Thomas is the third DB in league history to earn unanimous first-team honors, while Carr is the fifth QB with that distinction. Adams is the first MW freshman and second WR in conference history to be selected to the first-team unanimously. He is just the second freshman wide receiver in MW history to be named to the first-team.

    Fresno State's two second-team selections were defensive end Andy Jennings and linebacker Travis Brown. This is the first career all-conference selection for Jennings and for Brown it marks the third-straight season he has received all-conference accolades.

    Making the honorable mention team were cornerbacks Sean Alston and L.J. Jones, receiver Isaiah Burse, offensive lineman Richard Helepiko, tight end Marcel Jensen and punter Andrew Shapiro.

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