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Bulldogs’ Jeff Allison is MW defensive player of year, one of four first-team picks

Bulldogs’ Jeff Allison honored by MW

Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford discusses linebacker Jeff Allison, who was voted defensive player of the year in the Mountain West Conference. The Bulldogs had four first-team selections, six on the second team and four to gain honorable mention.
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Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford discusses linebacker Jeff Allison, who was voted defensive player of the year in the Mountain West Conference. The Bulldogs had four first-team selections, six on the second team and four to gain honorable mention.

Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison is the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year, one of four Bulldogs to make first team all-conference with six on the second team and four gaining honorable mention.

“That’s great news for Jeff,” coach Jeff Tedford said, after the Bulldogs practiced through the rain on Wednesday for a matchup against Boise State in Saturday’s conference championship game. “He’s deserving of it. He has had a great season and it’s nice that he has been recognized as the player that he is.”

Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison is the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year. Keith/Deborah Kountz Fresno State Athletics

Senior left tackle Christian Cronk, senior cornerback Tank Kelly and junior defensive end Mykal Walker also are on the first-team..

Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien is the offensive player of the year in the conference, Wyoming kicker Cooper Rothe is the special teams player of the year, Nevada running back Toa Taua is the freshman of the year and Utah State coach Matt Wells is the coach of the year.

Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton, an Edison High grad, also is a first-team selection.

Fresno State wideout KeeSean Johnson, junior tight end Jared Rice, senior right guard Micah St. Andrew, junior safeties Juju Hughes and Mike Bell and junior punter Blake Cusick were second-team selections and senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion, senior linebacker George Helmuth, junior cornerback Jaron Bryant and junior defensive tackle Jasad Haynes were honorable mention.

Fresno State had only one first-team selection last season when it became only the second team in FBS history to go from double-digit losses to double-digit wins in back-to-back seasons – Allison, one of three repeat first-team selections. It also had four second team selections – Johnson and seniors center Aaron Mitchell, kicker Jimmy Camacho and defensive end Tobenna Okeke.

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Fresno State cornerback Tank Kelly (6) makes an interception last season in a victory over Hawaii. The senior was selected first-team All-Mountain West Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Fresno State had four first-team selections, six second-team selections and four players gain honorable mention. Eugene Tanner ASSOCIATED PRESS

“I think it’s good to have the kids recognized for their hard work and their dedication, the success they’ve had on the field, that the people around are noticing that,” Tedford said.

Allison is the second Fresno State player to be the defensive player of the year in the Mountain West, following safety Phillip Thomas in 2012.

The 235-pound junior is leading a defense that is ranked first in the conference in points allowed, total defense and red zone defense, is second against the pass and third against the run.

Allison is the Bulldogs leader and tied for fourth in the conference with 109 total tackles, 9.1 per game. He had 10 or more tackles in five games including a career-high 17 in a victory over Nevada in the conference opener, plus 5.0 tackles for loss and two interceptions.

“Jeff plays really hard,” Tedford said. “He has great football instincts and can really run. He plays very physical ... but also runs sideline to sideline and makes plays.”

All-Mountain West Conference

Offense, first team

QB – Brett Rypien, Sr., Boise State

WR – John Ursua, Jr., Hawai‘i

WR – Preston Williams, Jr., Colorado State

RB – Nico Evans, Sr., Wyoming

RB – Alexander Mattison, Jr., Boise State

TE – Josh Oliver, Sr., San José State

OL – Ezra Cleveland, So., Boise State

OL – Keith Ismael, So., San Diego State

OL – Quin Ficklin, Sr., Utah State

OL – Christian Cronk, Sr., Fresno State

OL – John Molchon, Jr., Boise State

PK – Cooper Rothe, Jr., Wyoming

PR/KR – Savon Scarver, So., Utah State

Defense, first team

DL – Curtis Weaver, So., Boise State

DL – Mykal Walker, Jr., Fresno State

DL – Jabril Frazier, Sr., Boise State

DL – Korey Rush, Sr., Nevada

LB – Kyahva Tezino, Jr., San Diego State

LB – Jeff Allison, Jr., Fresno State

LB – Malik Reed, Sr., Nevada

DB – Tyler Horton, Sr., Boise State

DB – Tank Kelly, Sr., Fresno State

DB – Dakari Monroe, Sr., San José State

DB – Andrew Wingard, Sr., Wyoming

P – Ryan Stonehouse, So., Colorado State

Offense, second team

QB – Jordan Love, So., Utah State

WR – KeeSean Johnson, Sr., Fresno State

WR – Sean Modster, Sr., Boise State

RB – Lexington Thomas, Sr., UNLV

RB – Darwin Thompson, Jr., Utah 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

OL – Griffin Landrum, Sr., Air Force

PK – John Baron II, Sr., San Diego State

PR/KR – Marcus Hayes, Fr., New Mexico

Defense, second team

DL – Carl Granderson, Sr., Wyoming

DL – Jordan Jackson, So., Air Force

DL – Kaimana Padello, Jr., Hawai‘i

DL – Bryson Bridges, Sr., San José State

LB – David Woodward, So., Utah State

LB – Josh Watson, Sr., Colorado State

LB – Tipa Galeai, Jr., Utah State

DB – Juju Hughes, Jr., Fresno State

DB – Mike Bell, Jr., Fresno State

DB – Tariq Thompson, So., San Diego State

DB – Jontrell Rocquemore, Sr., Utah State

P – Blake Cusick, Jr., Fresno State

Honorable mention

Air Force: Jeremy Fejedelem, Jr., DB.

Boise State: Durrant Miles, Sr., DL; Kekoa Nawahine, Jr., DB; Avery Williams, So, RS/DB.

Fresno State: Jaron Bryant, Jr., DB; Jasad Haynes, Jr, DL; George Helmuth, Sr., LB; Marcus McMaryion, Sr., QB.

Hawai‘i: Zeno Choi, Sr., DL; Rojesterman Farris II, Jr.; DB; Cole McDonald, So., QB; Jahlani Tavai, Sr., LB; Solo Vaipulu, Fr., OL.

Nevada: Dameon Baber, Sr., DB; Daniel Brown, Jr., DB; Quinton Conaway, Jr., P; Sean Krepsz, Sr., OL; McLane Mannix, So., WR; Jake Nelson, Jr., OL Asauni Rufus, Sr., DB.

New Mexico: Aaron Blackwell, Jr., DL; Tyson Dyer, So., P; Marcus Hayes, Fr., DB.

San Diego State: Parker Baldwin, Sr., DB; Noble Hall, Sr., DL; Brandon Heicklen, Jr., P; Kahale Warring, Jr., TE; Juwan Washington, Jr., RB.

San Jose State: Ethan Aguayo, Jr., LB; Thai Cottrell, Sr., RS; Bryce Crawford, Sr., P; Boogie Roberts, Sr., DL.

UNLV: Nathan Jacobson, Sr., OL; Roger Mann, Sr., DL; Justin Polu, Jr., OL.

Utah State: Adewale Adeoye, Sr., DL; Rob Castaneda, Sr., OL; Dominik Eberle, Jr., PK; Gaje Ferguson, Sr., DB; Fua Leilua, Jr., DL; Dax Raymond, Jr., TE; Christopher Unga, Jr., DL; DJ Williams, Jr., DB. Ron’Quavion Tarver, Sr., WR; Sean Taylor, Sr., OL.

Wyoming: Tyler Hall, Jr., DB; Logan Wilson, Jr., LB.

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