July 22, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Colorado State senior offensive lineman Weston Richburg was named to the 2013 Preseason All-Mountain West Team, the conference announced Monday at the league’s annual football media days at The Cosmopolitan.
The preseason All-MW nod marks the fourth such honor of the offseason for Richburg, who has already been named to watch lists for the Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
A native of Bushland, Texas, Richburg helped revitalize a CSU offensive line that started the 2012 season with both injuries and inexperience. Richburg and company paved the way for the Rams running game, leading to an increase in rushing yardage per game from 99.7 in the team's first seven contests to just under 170 yards per game in the Rams' final five contests.
Richburg, who graduated this summer with his degree in Animal Science, has played in every game of his Colorado State career (36) and led the offensive line unit in knockdown blocks in 2012.
Richburg was a second-team All-MW honoree as a sophomore in 2011, while earning honorable mention all-conference nods in both 2010 and 2012.
Rams fifth in preseason projections
With a new two-division, 12-team conference format taking shape in 2013, the league also released its annual preseason poll as voted on by select media throughout the league. Teams were ranked by predicted order of finish within the Mountain and West divisions.
Colorado State was selected to finish fifth in the Mountain Division, racking up 90 points to finish well ahead of sixth-place New Mexico (63).
Boise State (245) was predicted to finish first in the Mountain Division, just ahead of league newcomer Utah State (204).
The Rams’ annual rivalry games with Air Force and Wyoming will have huge implications on the final league standings, with the Falcons (143) and Cowboys (116) predicted to finish ahead of the Rams in third and fourth, respectively, in the division.
Fresno State (243) was picked to finish first in the West Division, followed by San Diego State (181), San Jose State (172) and Nevada (135). UNLV (71) and Hawai’i (59) were picked to finish fifth and sixth, respectively in the West.
The two divisional winners will meet in the inaugural MW Championship Game, which will be held Dec. 7, 2013 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.
|Preseason All-MW Selections|
|QB Derek Carr *||Sr.||Fresno State|
|WR Davante Adams *||So.||Fresno State|
|WR Noel Grigsby||Sr.||San Jose State|
|RB Kasey Carrier **||Sr.||New Mexico|
|RB Adam Muema **||Jr.||San Diego State|
|OL Charles Leno **||Sr.||Boise State|
|OL Matt Paradis *||Sr.||Boise State|
|OL Weston Richburg||Sr.||Colorado State|
|OL Austin Wentworth *||Sr.||Fresno State|
|OL Tyler Larsen||Sr.||Utah State|
|TE Marcel Jensen||Sr.||Fresno State|
|DL Demarcus Lawrence *||Jr.||Boise State|
|DL Tyeler Davison *||Jr.||Fresno State|
|DL Brock Hekking **||Jr.||Nevada|
|DL Travis Raciti||Jr.||San Jose State|
|LB Jake Fely **||Jr.||San Diego State|
|LB Keith Smith||Sr.||San Jose State|
|LB Kyler Fackrell||So.||Utah State|
|DB L.J. Jones||Sr.||Fresno State|
|DB Derron Smith *||Jr.||Fresno State|
|DB Nat Berhe **||Sr.||San Diego State|
|DB Bené Benwikere||Sr.||San Jose State|
|P Ben Skaer||Sr.||New Mexico|
|PK Austin Lopez||So.||San Jose State|
|Ret. Chase Clayton||Jr.||New Mexico|
|Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State|
|Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Derron Smith, Jr., DB, Fresno State|
|Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year: Chase Clayton, Jr., KR, New Mexico|
|* - member of the 2012 All-Mountain West first team.|
** - member of the 2012 All-Mountain West second team.
|2013 MW Predicted Order of Finish|
|Rank||Team (First-Place Votes)||Points|
|1.||Boise State (40)||245|
|2.||Utah State (1)||204|
|1.||Fresno State (39)||243|
|2.||San Diego State (1)||181|
|3.||San Jose State (1)||172|
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