July 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - For the fourth consecutive year Boise State has topped the Mountain West Preseason Poll, earning 20 first-place votes to pace the Mountain Division. The conference also announced its Preseason All-MW Team, which featured four Broncos: redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi, redshirt senior wide receiver Matt Miller, junior cornerback Donte Deayon and redshirt senior safety Jeremy Ioane.
In the poll, the Broncos totaled 183 points on the strength of its 20 first-place votes to outdistance its Mountain Division foes. Utah State was second with 176 points and 12 first-place votes, while Colorado State took the remaining first-place vote and accumulated 135 points. Wyoming (90 points), New Mexico (56) and Air Force (53) rounded out the poll.
In the West Division voting, Fresno State (174 points) edged out San Diego State (172) as the teams earned 15 first-place votes apiece. Nevada came in third with three first-place votes and 130 points, with UNLV (95 points), San Jose State (87) and Hawai'i (35) making up the rest of the results.
Led by head coach Bryan Harsin in his first season as the Boise State boss, the Broncos open fall camp Aug. 1 before lifting the curtain on the 2014 season Aug. 28 against Ole Miss in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff against the Rebels is set for 6 p.m. MT on ESPN.
Ajayi, who this preseason has already been named to the watch lists for the Walter Camp Player of Year, Maxwell, and Doak Walker Awards, rushed for 1,425 yards on 249 carries in 2013, and his 18 rushing touchdowns last season were the eighth-most in the country. He has averaged 5.96 yards per carry through his two seasons as a Bronco, the seventh-highest average nationally amongst active players with more than 250 career attempts.
Miller, a two-time All-Mountain West selection (2012-13), opens 2014 as a preseason selection for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top wide receiver. The Helena, Mont. native is coming off of a 2013 season in which he hauled in a Boise State single-season record 88 passes for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns, a figure that ranked 10th nationally. Miller enters the 2014 season within range of Boise State's all-time receiving Triple Crown as well, needing just 14 catches and 14 receiving touchdowns to surpass Austin Pettis' respective all-time marks of 229 and 39, and 476 receiving yards to move past Titus Young's benchmark of 3,063.
Deayon and Ioane, both named to the Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List, are two of only three defensive backs returning from last year's All-MW First or Second Teams in 2014.
Deayon was named second-team All-MW in 2013 after leading Boise State with six interceptions, a mark that also ranked tied for seventh-nationally. He started each of the team's 13 games, recording 54 tackles (40 solo). His 0.5 interceptions per game ranked tied for ninth-nationally and second in the MW. He also tied for the team high with nine pass break-ups, giving him an average of 1.2 passes defended per game (tied for 32nd-nationally).
Ioane was also named second-team All-MW in 2013, starting each of his 12 games played. He recorded 59 tackles (40 solo) on the season, the fifth-most on the team. He had multiple tackles in every game, and was also the Broncos' second-leading tackler in 2012 (70).
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