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Richburg earns preseason first-team all-conference nod

Senior OL Weston Richburg

July 22, 2013

MW Release: Preseason All-MW | Preseason Poll

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
Mountain Division
Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Boise State (40) 245
2. Utah State (1) 204
3. Air Force 143
4. Wyoming 116
5. Colorado State 90
6. New Mexico 63
West Division
1. Fresno State (39) 243
2. San Diego State (1) 181
3. San Jose State (1) 172
4. Nevada 135
5. UNLV 71
6. Hawai'i 5
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