Senior linebacker Jeff Camilli again proved a bright spot in Fresno State’s 1-11 football season.
Camilli was the only Bulldogs player to earn All-Mountain West Conference first- or second-team honors when he was named Tuesday to the second team after finishing 15th in the nation with 108 tackles (9.8 per game), along with four sacks and a forced fumble.
Voting was by the conference’s 12 head coaches and select media members.
Three former high school stars from the central San Joaquin Valley recruited away from the area were named to the All-Mountain West football team, including Clovis West High alum Andre Chachere on the first team for San Jose State.
Three former central San Joaquin Valley high school stars also were honored, including Clovis West High graduate Andre Chachere on the first team for San Jose State.
Chachere, a junior cornerback, made four interceptions, broke up 14 passes, recorded 36 tackles and forced two fumbles.
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who prepped at Firebaugh before playing a year at Reedley College, was named to the second team.
2,748Passing yards for Wyoming’s Josh Allen, the Firebaugh native who has thrown for 23 touchdowns and guided the Cowboys to the Mountain West championship game. Allen was named to the all-conference second team.
In addition to leading Wyoming to the Mountain West championship game, Allen is 178-of-310 passing for 2,748 yards and 23 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. The 6-foot-5, 222-pound sophomore rushed for 487 yards and seven touchdowns.
San Diego State tight end David Wells (Clovis North) also made the second team. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound junior has 20 catches for 254 yards and four touchdowns for an Aztecs team that will travel to Wyoming for the Mountain West title game Saturday.
Three Fresno State players received honorable mention: safety Stratton Brown, receiver KeeSean Johnson and kicker Kody Kroening.
San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey repeated as Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference with 1,908 rushing yards during the regular season and finishing fourth in rushing touchdowns (15). Aztecs defensive back Damontae Kazee✔ repeated as Defensive Player of the Year, as did teammate Rashaad Penny as Special Teams Player of the Year.
It is the second time in conference history that a team has swept the Player of the Year awards in back-to-back seasons. Texas Christian did so in 2009-10.
Coach of the Year went to Wyoming’s Craig Bohl after he led the Cowboys to the Mountain Division title and 8-4 overall mark, a six-win improvement from 2015.
All-Mountain West football team
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Donnel Pumphrey, Sr., RB, San Diego State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Damontae Kazee, Sr., DB, San Diego State
COACH OF THE YEAR
Craig Bohl, Wyoming
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rashaad Penny, Jr., KR, San Diego State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
QB Brett Rypien*, So., Boise State
WR Thomas Sperbeck*, Sr., Boise State
WR Michael Gallup, Jr., Colorado State
RB Donnel Pumphrey**, Sr., San Diego State
RB Brian Hill, Jr., Wyoming
TE Jacob Hollister, Sr., Wyoming
OL Travis Averill, Sr., Boise State
OL Mario Yakoo, Sr., Boise State
OL Fred Zerblis, Sr., Colorado State
OL Nico Siragusa*, Sr., San Diego State
OL Chase Roullier, Sr., Wyoming
PK John Baron II, So., San Diego State
PR/KR Rashaad Penny*, Jr., San Diego State
DL Ryan Watson, Sr., Air Force
DL Sam McCaskill, Sr., Boise State
DL David Moa, So., Boise State
DL Alex Barrett*, Sr., San Diego State
LB Jahlani Tavai, So., Hawaii
LB Calvin Munson*, Sr., San Diego State
LB Tau Lotulelei, Sr., UNLV
DB Weston Steelhammer**, Sr,. Air Force
DB Damontae Kazee*, Sr., San Diego State
DB Andre Chachere, Jr., San José State
DB Andrew Wingard, So., Wyoming
P Hayden Hunt, Sr., Colorado State
*Two-Time First-Team Selection
**Three-Time First-Team Selection
QB Josh Allen, So., Wyoming
WR Tanner Gentry, Sr., Wyoming
WR Jalen Robinette, Sr., Air Force
RB Jeremy McNichols*, Jr.. Boise State
RB Teriyon Gipson, Sr., New Mexico
TE David Wells, Jr., San Diego State
OL Jake Bennett, Jr., Colorado State
OL Dejon Allen, Jr., Hawaii
OL Austin Corbett, Jr., Nevada
OL Reno Henderson, Sr., New Mexico
OL Daniel Brunskill, Sr., San Diego State
PK Luke Strebel, Sr., Air Force
PR/KR D.J. May, Sr., Wyoming
DL Malik Reed, So., Nevada
DL Nik D’Avanzo, Sr., New Mexico
DL Garrett Hughes, Jr., New Mexico
DL Travis Seefeldt, Sr., Utah State
LB Ben Weaver, Sr., Boise State
LB Kevin Davis, Sr., Colorado State
LB Jeff Camilli, Sr., Fresno State
DB Brodie Hicks, Sr., Air Force
DB Chanceller James, Sr., Boise State
DB Jonathan Moxey, Sr., Boise State
DB Malik Smith, Sr., San Diego State
P Sean Wale, Sr., Boise State
*Two-Time Second-Team Selection
2016 HONORABLE MENTION
Fresno State: Stratton Brown, Sr., DB; KeeSean Johnson, So., WR; Kody Kroening, Jr., P.
Air Force: Haji Dunn, Sr., LB; Tim McVey, Jr., KR; Colin Sandor, Sr., OL; Dylan Vail, Sr., OL.
Boise State: Steven Baggett, Sr., OL; Mason Hampton, Jr., OL; Tanner Vallejo, Sr., LB; Cedrick Wilson, Jr., WR.
Colorado State: Nick Callender, Sr., OL; Nick Stevens, Jr., QB; Paul Thurston, Sr., OL.
Hawaii: Trayvon Henderson, Jr., DB; Marcus Kemp, Sr., WR; Leo Koloamatangi, Sr., OL; Meffy Koloamatangi, Jr., DL; Jalen Rogers, Sr., DB; Rigoberto Sanchez, Sr., PK/P.
Nevada: James Butler, Jr., RB; Wyatt Demps, Jr., WR; Asauni Rufus, So., DB.
New Mexico: Dakota Cox, Sr., LB; Daniel Henry, Sr., DB; Aaron Jenkins, So., OL; Jason Sanders, Jr., PK.
San Diego State: Kyle Kelley, Sr., DL; Quest Truxton, Jr., PR.
San Jose State: Michael Carrizosa, Jr., P; Isaiah Irving, Sr., DL; Jeremiah Kolone, Jr., OL; Maurice McKnight, Jr., DB; Christian Tago, Sr., LB.
UNLV: Troy Hawthorne, Sr., DB; Mike Hughes, Jr., DL; Nathan Jacobson, So., OL; Will Kreitler, Sr., OL; Torry McTyer, Sr., DB.
Utah State: Austin Albrecht, Sr., OL; Ricky Ali’ifua, Sr., DL; Wyatt Houston, Sr., TE; Jake Simonich, Sr, OL; TE; Austin Stephens, Sr., OL.
Wyoming: Lucas Wacha, Sr., LB.