Nov. 29, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Mountain West Conference announced the 2004 All-Conference teams and individual award winners today as selected by the league coaches and media panel. MWC runner-up New Mexico had eight players named the first or second team, while four others earned honorable mention honors. Six Lobos were first team all-conference selections, matching No. 5 Utah for the most in the league. Junior tailback DonTrell Moore and senior offensive tackle Claude Terrell were both unanimous first team selections.
A unanimous choice for the third straight year, Moore joins wide receiver Terance Mathis (1985-87), linebacker Johnny Jackson (1981-84), defensive end Jimmie Carter (1980-83), tailback Mike Williams (1975-78) and center Larry White (1951-54) as the only three-time first team all-conference honorees in UNM history.
Junior center Ryan Cook joined Moore and Terrell as a repeat first team offense selection. Junior nose tackle Marcus Parker, senior linebacker Nick Speegle and senior cornerback Brandon Payne, however, all were named to the first team defense for the first time in their careers. The six first team selections equal the second most in program history. Only the 2003 team was more highly decorated with seven first team honorees.
Senior safety Josh Bazinet, a former walk-on, was honored for the first time in his career with a spot on the second team defense, while junior cornerback Gabriel Fulbright was a repeat second team selection. Senior linebacker Fola Fashola, who is second in the MWC in both tackles for loss and sacks, headlined the honorable mention selections. Junior wide receiver Hank Baskett, sophomore offensive guard Robert Turner and senior kicker Wes Zunker were also honorable mention choices.
Mountain West Champion Utah garnered three individual honors as quarterback Alex Smith was named Offensive Player of the Year, defensive back Morgan Scalley was selected Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Urban Meyer was chosen Coach of the Year for the second straight season. San Diego State linebacker Kirk Morrison also earned Co-Defensive Player of the Year, marking the second consecutive season he has captured that honor. BYU wide receiver Austin Collie was named Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Cougar since Luke Staley in 1999 to garner the award.
While New Mexico's bowl game destination remains a mystery, the Lobos get back to work this week with a pair of practice sessions on Wednesday and Friday from 3-5 p.m.