Bulldogs Receive All-Mountain West Accolades
Dec. 10, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was named the 2013 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, as the league announced the All-Conference football teams on Tuesday.
Carr becomes the third player in league history to win the offensive player of the year award in back-to-back seasons and joins Kevin Sweeney (1985 and 1986 in the Big West) as the only two-time conference offensive players of the year in school history. He was one of four Bulldogs to be named first-team All-Mountain West and Fresno State also had five second-team selections and six honorable mention honorees.
Wide receiver Davante Adams, offensive lineman Austin Wentworth and free safety Derron Smith all joined Carr on the All-MW first-team. All four of them are repeat selections off of last seasons first-team.
Fresno State's second team selections were wide receiver Josh Harper, tight end Marcel Jensen, nose guard Tyeler Davison, outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine and then Isaiah Burse was selected as a return specialist.
The honorable mention selections were Burse as a wide receiver, cornerback L.J. Jones, linebacker Karl Mickelsen, defensive end Nikko Motta, punter Garrett Swanson and offensive lineman Cody Wichmann.
Adams and Carr had a record breaking year. Carr set new Mountain West records for passing yards (4,866) and touchdown passes (48) while Adams set a new league mark with his 23 TD catches this season.
Smith led the Mountain West this season with six interceptions, a number that tied for the fourth-most in the nation.
Wentworth led the offensive line that paved the way for the Bulldog offense that ranked third nationally in total offense (570.6) and fifth in scoring (45.3). Fresno State also only allowed 11 sacks in 12 games, which tied for the ninth fewest of any team in the FBS.
The Bulldogs, after an 11-1 season that cumulated last Saturday by winning the Mountain West Championship, now head to the 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl where they will face USC on Dec. 21 at 12:30 p.m. The game is being televised nationally on ABC and tickets are available through the Fresno State ticket office at 559-278-DOGS or online at GoBulldogs.com.
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