Mountain West picks four Bulldogs as part of 25th Season Team

Although Fresno State didn’t join the conference until 2012, four Bulldogs from the championship winning teams in 2012 and 2013 were honored by the conference.

Four former Bulldogs were honored Thursday as part of the Mountain West’s 25th Season Football Team, celebrating the best players in the conference’s history. 

All four players all played together at Fresno State and were part of the program when the university transitioned from the WAC to the Mountain West in 2012. 


Driving the news: Quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Davante Adams and safeties Derron Smith and Phillip Thomas were the four Bulldogs selected to the team. 

  • The team includes 25 offensive players, 25 defensive players and 10 special teams players and includes players from universities no longer in the conference, such as TCU and Utah. 
  • The four Bulldogs led Fresno State to back-to-back Mountain West championships in 2012 and 2013 and were all selected in the NFL draft. 
  • Carr won Mountain West Offensive Player of the year twice and threw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013. 
  • Adams was Carr’s favorite target, catching 38 touchdowns in just two seasons – setting the Mountain West record. 
  • Smith made the All-Mountain West team three times at safety as he had 15 interceptions throughout his career. 
  • Thomas joined Smith at the other safety position and was the first player in Fresno State history to be a unanimous All-American, leading the nation with 8 interceptions in 2012. 

More local recognition: Wyoming quarterback and Firebaugh native Josh Allen was also selected to the team. 

  • Allen played for Wyoming from 2015-2017 and was selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft. 


Brad Roberts, RB, Air Force

Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State

Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU

Luke Staley, RB, BYU

Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State

Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State

Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

Bradlee Van Pelt, QB, Colorado State

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada

Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

Ryan Cook, OL, New Mexico

DonTrell Moore, RB, New Mexico

Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU

Ryan Wolfe, WR, UNLV

Jordan Gross, OT, Utah

Alex Smith, QB, Utah

Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming


Weston Steelhammer, DB, Air Force

Demarcus Lawrence, DL, Boise State

Darian Thompson, DB, Boise State

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Curtis Weaver, DL, Boise State

Brady Poppinga, DL, BYU

Shaquil Barrett, LB, Colorado State

Derron Smith, DB, Fresno State

Phillip Thomas, DB, Fresno State

Brian Urlacher, LB, New Mexico

Damontae Kazee, DB, San Diego State

Leon McFadden, DB, San Diego State

Kirk Morrison, LB, San Diego State

Cameron Thomas, DL, San Diego State

Viliami Fehoko, DL, San José State

Cade Hall, DL, San José State

Tank Carder, LB, TCU

Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

Jamaal Brimmer, DB, UNLV

Kevin Thomas, DB, UNLV

Eric Weddle, DB, Utah

Zach Vigil, LB Utah State

Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming

Andrew Wingard, DB, Wyoming

Special Teams

Avery Williams, KR/PR, Boise State

Ryan Stonehouse, P, Colorado State

Dexter Wynn, KR, Colorado State

John Sullivan, PK, New Mexico

Carlos Wiggins, KR, New Mexico

Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State

Rashaad Penny, KR, San Diego State

Jeremy Kerley, KR/PR, TCU

Louie Sakoda, PK/P, Utah

Savon Scarver, AP/KR, Utah State

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