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December 6, 2007
Rivals.com 2007 All-Mountain West Team
QB Max Hall, BYU, Soph., 6-1/200
HIGH SCHOOL: Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View
BUZZ: Hall, a nephew of former NFL QB Danny White, leads the league with 3,617 passing yards and has 24 TD passes ? the only MWC quarterback to throw at least 20 this season. Hall, who began his career at Arizona State, has completed 61 percent of his passes.
RB Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico, Jr., 6-0/229
HIGH SCHOOL: Albuquerque Manzano
BUZZ: Ferguson has rushed for 1,177 yards, which is fourth in the league, and 13 rushing TDs, which is tied for second. He has six 100-yard games this season for the Lobos.
RB Harvey Unga, BYU, Fr., (RS), 6-0/221
HIGH SCHOOL: Provo (Utah) Timpview
BUZZ: Unga is third in the league in rushing with 1,211 yards and tied for second with 13 rushing TDs. He also has 41 catches for another 629 yards and four more TDs. He had seven 100-yard rushing games and two 100-yard receiving games.
WR Austin Collie, BYU, Soph., 6-2/212
HIGH SCHOOL: El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge
BUZZ: Collie is tied for the league lead with six TD receptions, and finished the regular season with 50 catches for 839 yards (16.8 yards per catch). Two of his TDs came against UCLA, the team the Cougars also will face in the Las Vegas Bowl. Collie came on strong in the second half of the season, with 29 catches in the last six games.
WR Marcus Smith, New Mexico, Sr., 6-2/214
HIGH SCHOOL: San Diego Morse
BUZZ: He led the league with 86 catches ? tied for 11th nationally ?for 1,139 yards. Despite all that production, Smith scored just three TDs. He had three 100-yard games, including an 11-catch, 164-yard, one-TD performance in a victory over Arizona.
TE Dennis Pitta, BYU, Soph., 6-5/230
HIGH SCHOOL: Moorpark (Calif.) Moorpark
BUZZ: has 54 receptions ? seventh-most by a tight end in the nation this season ? for 775 yards (14.4 yards per catch) and five TDs. The receptions total is tied for fifth in the league, the TD total is tied for third and the yardage total is sixth.
OT Devin Clark, New Mexico, Sr., 6-4/312
HIGH SCHOOL: Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View
BUZZ: Clark, a former JC transfer, overcame an ankle injury to become the Lobos' best lineman this season. He helped open holes for 1,000-yard rusher Rodney Ferguson.
OT Dallas Reynolds, BYU, Jr., 6-5/328
HIGH SCHOOL: Provo (Utah) Timpview
BUZZ: He might be the best lineman in the league. BYU leads the league and is 15th nationally in total offense (457.6 ypg), and Reynolds' work at tackle is a big reason Max Hall has time to throw and Harvey Unga has room to run.
OG Nick Allotta, Colorado State, Sr., 6-3/305
HIGH SCHOOL: San Diego Rancho Bernardo
BUZZ: The Rams were a big disappointment this season, but don't blame Allotta. The offense actually had its moments, especially on the ground (166.7 rushing ypg), and Allotta was the Rams' best lineman.
OG Robert Conley, Utah, Jr., 6-1/316
HIGH SCHOOL: La Marque (Texas) High
BUZZ: Conley's road-grading style helped Utes TB Darrell Mack reach the 1,000-yard mark. Utah scored at least 27 points six times in a seven-week stretch, and the work of Conley and his linemates helped pave the way for the production.
C Blaine Guenther, Air Force, Sr., 6-2/270
HIGH SCHOOL: Graham (Wash.) Bethel
BUZZ: Guenther was the key lineman on a unit that helped the Falcons lead the league and rank second nationally in rushing offense (298.5 yards per game). Air Force has scored 33 rushing TDs.
DE Jan Jorgensen, BYU, Soph., 6-3/260
HIGH SCHOOL: Helper (Utah) Carbon
BUZZ: Jorgensen, who has started every game of his college career, was a stat-sheet stuffer for the Cougars this season. He leads the league with 11.5 sacks and also has 73 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Jorgensen signed with Kentucky out of high school, then went on a Mormon mission.
DE Chase Ortiz, TCU, Sr., 6-3/255
HIGH SCHOOL: League City (Texas) Clear Creek
BUZZ: Ortiz has eight sacks this season. He has added 15.5 tackles for loss ? giving him 40.5 for his career ? and three forced fumbles. He also has 41 tackles and three pass breakups.
DT John Fletcher, Wyoming, Soph., 6-6/274
HIGH SCHOOL: Erie (Colo.) Ralston Valley
BUZZ: Fletcher was second in the league with 10.5 sacks. He finished with 60 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, a pass breakup, a quarterback hurry, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.
LB Beau Bell, UNLV, Sr., 6-3/245
HIGH SCHOOL: Tustin (Calif.) High
BUZZ: The Rebels struggled this season, but you can't blame Bell. He had a superb season, leading the league with 126 tackles. He added three sacks (including one against Hawaii and one against Wisconsin), 9.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, four interceptions (including two against BYU) and three pass breakups.
LB Kelly Poppinga, BYU, Sr., 6-2/240
HIGH SCHOOL: Evanston (Wyo.) High
BUZZ: Poppinga, who began his career at Utah State before transferring, is the Cougars' leading tackler with 100. He also has seven tackles for loss, an interception, three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He had 17 tackles and an interception in a victory over TCU.
LB John Rabold, Air Force, Sr., 6-3/235
HIGH SCHOOL: Newton (N.C.) Newton-Conover
BUZZ: Rabold has been a big-play guy for the Falcons' surprisingly good defense. He has 73 tackles, including 16.5 tackles for loss. He also has 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, a pass breakup and three fumble recoveries, including one he took back for a TD against Notre Dame.
LB Stevenson Sylvester, Utah, Soph., 6-2/215
HIGH SCHOOL: Las Vegas Valley
BUZZ: Sylvester acquitted himself quite nicely in his first season as a starter. He ranks second on the team with 80 tackles and has 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, five pass breakups and a forced fumble.
CB Carson Bird, Air Force, Sr., 5-11/190
HIGH SCHOOL: Newnan (Ga.) Northgate
BUZZ: He leads the league with six interceptions and also had five pass breakups. Bird has added 44 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two tackles for loss.
CB Julius Stinson, Wyoming, Sr., 5-10/182
HIGH SCHOOL: Victorville (Calif.) Silverado
BUZZ: Stinson had five picks, including two in the opener against Virginia. He also had 12 pass breakups, 86 tackles, five tackles for loss and two blocked kicks.
SS Steve Tate, Utah, Sr., 5-11/195
HIGH SCHOOL: Elyria (Ohio) High
BUZZ: Tate, who began his career at Utah State, tied for the team lead with three picks. But it was his physical nature that stood out. He also had 98 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks to go along with the picks and four pass breakups.
FS David Roach, TCU, Sr., 6-2/215
HIGH SCHOOL: Abilene (Texas) High
BUZZ: Roach has 73 tackles to go along with an interception, five pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He helped TCU rank 34th nationally in pass defense (210.6 ypg).
K/P Louie Sakoda, Utah, Jr., 5-10/178
HIGH SCHOOL: San Jose (Calif.) Branham
BUZZ: Sakoda is 19-of-22 on field-goal attempts, including 10-of-13 from 40 yards or more. Each of his misses has been from at least 45 yards. He also leads the league in punting at 44.8 yards per boot. He also has had 27 of his 69 kicks downed inside the 20, and another 22 have been fair-caught.
KR Dion Morton, Colorado State, Soph., 5-10/162
HIGH SCHOOL: Riverside (Calif.) John W. North
BUZZ: Morton led the league in kickoff returns, averaging 26.8 per return. He was injured and missed the final three games of the season.
PR Derrek Richards, Utah, Sr., 5-11/175
HIGH SCHOOL: American Fork (Utah) High
BUZZ: Richards, who is the Utes' leading receiver with 53 catches, leads the league and is ninth nationally in punt returns with a 15.0 yard average on 28 returns. He returned a punt for a TD in a victory over Utah State.
ALL-PURPOSE Chad Hall, Air Force, Sr., 5-8/180
HIGH SCHOOL: Atlanta Wesleyan
BUZZ: The little guy had a huge season. He averages 208.7 all-purpose yards per game, good for third in the nation. He leads the league in rushing with 1,415 yards and with 14 rushing TDs. He has added 488 receiving yards, 176 punt-return yards and 425 kick-return yards. In all, he has accounted for 2,504 yards.
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