LAS VEGAS -- San José State was picked to finish third in the Mountain West Conference's West Division, it was announced Monday at the start of the conference's media days.

The Spartans received one first-place vote and were picked to finish behind favorite Fresno State and second-place San Diego State. The Aztecs, who lost to SJSU at home last season, received nine more votes than the Spartans.

Fresno State, one of the three defending MW co-championship, collected 39 first place votes. San Diego State, another defending co-champ, had one. The Spartans were followed by Nevada, UNLV and Hawaii.

Boise State was picked as the favorite in the Mountain Division, gathering 40 first-place votes. The Broncos were followed by Utah State, which received one vote for the top spot. Air Force, Wyoming, Colorado State and New Mexico rounded out the predictions.

Five San Jose State players received preseason all-conference recognition. Senior wide receiver Noel Grigsby was the lone offensive player to make the team. He was joined on the defensive side by senior linebacker Keith Smith, senior defensive back Bené Benwikere and junior defensive tackle Travis Raciti. Sophomore kicker Austin Lopez also was selected.


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Quarterback David Fales, who broke seven school records last season, did not make the team. The lone quarterback spot went to Fresno State's Derek Carr, the reigning MW offensive player of the year. Carr was also tabbed as the conference's preseason offensive player of the year.

The preseason defensive player of the year award went to Fresno State's Derron Smith, a junior defensive back. He had six interceptions for the Bulldogs last season.

New Mexico's Chase Clayton was named the preseason special teams player of the year.