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.

Former Murrieta Valley High School standout and current Boise State quarterback, Hank Bachmeier, is named to the Preseason All-Mountain West team. Valley News/Boise State Athletics photo

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.

Khalil Shakir, a former standout at Vista Murrieta High School, is named to the Preseason All-Mountain West team after having 872 receiving yards last season with 10 touchdowns. Valley News/Boise State Athletics photo

2020 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team

Offense

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

Defense

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

Specialists

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.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.