After being selected as preseason favorites to win the Mountain Division, before the cancellation of the fall season, the Boise State University football team got some individual recognition. The Broncos had a league-high eight appearances on the Preseason All-Mountain West team, including two local former standouts, former Murrieta Valley High School QB, Hank Bachmeier, and former Vista Murrieta High School WR, Khalil Shakir. The selections were voted on by media members who regularly cover the conference.
Bachmeier, the Boise State sophomore quarterback, and Shakir, the junior wide receiver, were named along with eight other selections, which was twice as many as any other team. Colorado State and San Diego State, which was picked to win the West Division, both had four selections. Boise State and Colorado State universities were the only two teams to see players picked as offensive, defensive and special teams’ selections.
Noted as the first true freshman in the Football Bowl Subdivision era to start a season opener for Boise State at quarterback last year against Florida State, Bachmeier threw for 1,879 yards and nine touchdowns despite playing in just eight games. He missed six of Boise State’s 14 games due to injury. Shakir had 872 receiving yards last season and accounted for 10 touchdowns – catching six, running for three and throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Jaylon Henderson in a 42-9 win against New Mexico.
2020 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team
QB: Hank Bachmeier, So., Boise State
WR: Khalil Shakir, Jr., Boise State
WR: Warren Jackson, Sr., Colorado State
WR: Tre Walker, Sr., San José State
RB: Charles Williams, Sr., UNLV
RB: Xazavian Valladay, Jr., Wyoming
OL: Parker Ferguson, Sr., Air Force
OL: Nolan Laufenberg, Sr., Air Force
OL: John Ojukwu, Jr., Boise State
OL: Ilm Manning, Jr., Hawaii
OL: Keegan Cryder, Jr., Wyoming
TE: Trey McBride, Jr., Colorado State
DL: Scale Igiehon, Jr., Boise State
DL: Dom Peterson, Jr., Nevada
DL: Cameron Thomas, So., San Diego State
DL: Keshawn Banks, Jr., San Diego State
LB: Demonte Meeks, Sr., Air Force
LB: Riley Whimpey, So., Boise State
LB: Dequan Jackson, Jr., Colorado State
LB: Justin Rice, Sr., Fresno State
DB: Kekaula Kaniho, Sr., Boise State
DB: Avery Williams, Sr., Boise State
DB: Darren Hall, Jr., San Diego State
DB: Tariq Thompson, Sr., San Diego State
P: Ryan Stonehouse, Sr., Colorado State
PK: Brandon Talton, So., Nevada
KR: Savon Scarver, Sr., Utah State
PR: Avery Williams, Sr., Boise State
The Mountain West is now looking at playing some sort of football in the spring. Nobody really knows what that will look like, but one thing for sure is that it will not look like a full-on college football season that everybody is usually used to.
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