LAS VEGAS, Nev., -- Wyoming was picked to finish second in the Mountain Division last season.

You saw how that worked out.

The votes were tallied this week at Mountain West Media Days in Las Vegas, and let's just say, the Cowboys are not a popular bet. Craig Bohl's squad was picked fifth in the Mountain Division, one slot below Colorado State and a rung above lowly New Mexico.

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What do the players themselves think?

"I love it, to be honest," UW linebacker Easton Gibbs said Thursday inside a ballroom at Mandalay Bay. "It just adds to it, you know? It just adds to the drive. I think for our team, we're young and we know not a lot of people believe in us. I think we're better off for it because it makes you go out and play harder.

"I think being picked fifth, I wouldn't want to be any place else. Maybe sixth. Pick us last."

Running back Titus Swen doesn't put much weight into preseason voting -- to say the least.

"I don't really think anything about that," the junior from Fort Worth said. "We can just let the cards lay where they lie. At the end of the day, we we're going to see."

 

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Gibbs, along with Swen, Frank Crum and Cole Godbout, were also listed on the All-Conference ballots.

None landed on the first or second teams.

Big deal?

"I mean, it doesn't really matter to me," said Swen, who rushed for 785 yards and scored seven touchdowns in 2021. "Stat for stat, I'm up against anyone."

Air Force's Brad Roberts and Fresno State's Jordan Mims earned the nod over Swen.

Gibbs tallied 89 tackles from the outside linebackers spot last fall. He added two sacks and four pass breakups. The Temecula, Calif., product will make the move to the middle this season, taking over the Chad Muma, who was selected in the third round of last spring's NFL Draft.

Gibbs was also passed over for Vince Sanford (Air Force), Caden McDonald (San Diego State) and Kyle Harmon (San Jose State).

Does it bother Gibbs?

"That's even better for me," the sophomore said. "I don't care really about what any of that stuff says, it just adds a chip to the shoulder. You know, most of the guys on our team were under-recruited like I was. I know plenty of guys are seeing that and it just adds to it. Adds to the drive."

 

2022 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Offense

QB        Jake Haener**              Sr.        Fresno State

WR       Jalen Cropper**            Sr.        Fresno State

WR       Jesse Matthews             Sr.        San Diego State

RB        Brad Roberts*               Sr.        Air Force

RB        Jordan Mims                 Sr.        Fresno State

OL        Isaac Cochran               Sr.        Air Force

OL        John Ojukwu*                Sr.        Boise State

OL        Dontae Bull                   Sr.        Fresno State

OL        Aaron Frost**               Sr.        Nevada

OL        Alama Uluave               Sr.        San Diego State

TE        Tanner Arkin                 RS-Fr.   Colorado State

 

Defense

DL        Scott Matlock               Sr.        Boise State

DL        Keshawn Banks**         Sr.        San Diego State

DL        Jonah Tavai                  Sr.        San Diego State

DL        Viliami Fehoko*            Sr.        San José State

DL        Cade Hall                      Sr.        San José State

LB        Vince Sanford**            Sr.        Air Force

LB        Caden McDonald*         Sr.        San Diego State

LB        Kyle Harmon*               Sr.        San José State

DB        JL Skinner**                 Sr.        Boise State

DB        Evan Williams*             Sr.        Fresno State

DB        Jerrick Reed II               Sr.        New Mexico

DB        Patrick McMorris*         Sr.        San Diego State

 

Specialists

P          Aaron Rodriguez            Jr.        New Mexico

PK        Jonah Dalmas*             Jr.        Boise State

PR        Jordan Byrd                   Sr.        San Diego State

KR        Jordan Byrd*                 Sr.        San Diego State

 

Offensive Player of the Year: Jake Haener, Sr., QB, Fresno State

Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Patrick McMorris, Sr., DB, San Diego State and Cade Hall, Sr., DL, San José State

Special Teams Player of the Year: Jordan Byrd, Sr., PR/KR, San Diego State

* - member of the 2021 All-Mountain West first team

** - member of the 2021 All-Mountain West second team

Mountain West Conference press release

Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium

Did you know it would take the populations of Gillette (32,857), Laramie (32,381), Rock Springs (23,319), Sheridan (17,844) and Wright (1,200) to create a sellout inside Michigan's famed 107,601-seat Big House, the largest college football stadium in the nation?

For those of you not familiar with the Cowboy State, those are Wyoming's third through sixth most inhabited cities, along with the small mining town in Campbell County.

- Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium