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Cooper Rothe named MW Special Teams Player of the Year

Cooper Rothe named MW Special Teams Player of the Year


LARAMIE — After being one of the most consistent special-teams performers in the nation this season, Cooper Rothe got the nod as the Mountain West’s best.

Rothe was named the MW Special Teams Player of the Year as part of the individual honors and all-league teams released by the conference Wednesday. In all, six Wyoming players earned all-league honors, which were voted on by the MW’s 12 head coaches and media members.

Rothe was also a first-team all-MW selection as were running back Nico Evans and safety Andrew Wingard, who became the first player in program history to earn first-team honors three different seasons. Defensive end Carl Granderson was selected to the second team while cornerback Tyler Hall and linebacker Logan Wilson earned honorable-mention honors.

Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien was voted MW Offensive Player of the Year while Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison was named Defensive Player of the Year. Nevada running back Toa Taua was voted Freshman of the Year while Utah State’s Matt Wells took Coach of the Year honors.

Evans’ 1,350 rushing yards are tops in the conference while his 132.5 yards per game rank third nationally. Wingard is second on the team with 87 tackles and tied the MW record for career tackles (454) with five in the Cowboys’ 31-3 win over New Mexico on Saturday.

Granderson earned his second straight postseason nod from the league after being a first-team selection in 2017. The senior defensive end led all Wyoming defensive linemen with 40 tackles this season and is third on the school’s all-time tackles-for-loss list with 35.5. Wilson led the Cowboys in tackles for the second straight season with 103 stops while Hall had a team-high nine pass breakups.

Rothe, the reigning MW Special Teams Player of the Week, leads the nation in field-goal percentage (94.1) and point-after percentage (100.0). Rothe made his first 15 field goals this season and 18 in a row dating back to last season — the longest streak in the nation at the time — before his lone miss against San Jose State on Nov. 3.

A Lou Groza Award finalist, Rothe has connected on 88.6 percent of his field goals (31 of 35) over the last two seasons. He is the first Wyoming player to win either an offensive, defensive or special teams postseason player of the year award since the Mountain West began in 1999.

2018 All-Mountain West Football

First Team


Position Player Class Team

QB Brett Rypien sr Boise State

RB Nico Evans sr Wyoming

RB Alexander Mattison jr Boise State

WR Preston Williams jr Colorado State

WR John Ursua jr Hawaii

TE Josh Oliver sr San Jose State

OL Ezra Cleveland so Boise State

OL John Molchon jr Boise State

OL Christian Cronk sr Fresno State

OL Keith Ismael so San Diego State

OL Quin Ficklin sr Utah State

PK Cooper Rothe jr Wyoming

PR/KR Savon Scarver so Utah State


Position Player Class Team

DL Jabril Frazier sr Boise State

DL Curtis Weaver so Boise State

DL Mykal Walker jr Fresno State

DL Korey Rush sr Nevada

LB Jeff Allison jr Fresno State

LB Malik Reed sr Nevada

LB Kyahva Tezino jr San Diego State

DB Tyler Horton sr Boise State

DB Tank Kelly sr Fresno State

DB Dakari Moore sr San Jose State

DB Andrew Wingard sr Wyoming

P Ryan Stonehouse so Colorado State

Second Team


Position Player Class Team

QB Jordan Love so Utah State

RB Lexington Thomas sr UNLV

RB Darwin Thompson jr Utah State

WR Sean Modster sr Boise State

WR KeeSean Johnson sr Fresno State

TE Jared Rice jr Fresno State

OL Micah St. Andrew sr Fresno State

OL Aaron Jenkins sr New Mexico

OL Ryan Pope sr San Diego State

OL Roman Andrus sr Utah State

PK John Baron II sr San Diego State

PR/KR Marcus Hayes fr New Mexico


Position Player Class Team

DL Jordan Jackson so Air Force

DL Kaimana Padello jr Hawaii

DL Bryson Bridges sr San Jose State

DL Carl Granderson sr Wyoming

LB Josh Watson sr Colorado State

LB Tipa Galeai jr Utah State

LB David Woodward so Utah State

DB Mike Bell jr Fresno State

DB Juju Hughes jr Fresno State

DB Tariq Thompson so San Diego State

DB Jontrell Rocquemore sr Utah State

P Blake Chuck jr Fresno State

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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