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Reed, Aho named to Preseason MW Squad
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  07/26/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

July 26, 2011


Las Vegas, Nev. --- Lobo tight end Lucas Reed, a Mackey Watch List candidate, and placekicker James Aho have been named to the Mountain West 2011 Preseason All-Conference Team. The squad was selected by members of the media from the various Mountain West markets. Reed is one of 11 returning all-conference players on the list and one of seven first teamers to return for the 2011 season.


Reed is in Las Vegas along with linebacker Carmen Messina and coach Mike Locksley for Mountain West Football Media Days at the Red Rock Resort and Spa. Reed is one of three Lobos this summer to be placed on a national award watch list, as center Dillon Farrell was named to the preseason Rimington Watch List and Carmen Messina is on both the Butkus and Lombardi Watch Lists.


Reed got on the national radar with All-American freshman honors and last season as a sophomore his stock soared even higher. Reed had a 33-reception year, along with five touchdowns and 459 receiving yards. He also is one of two Mountain West tight ends on the Mackey list as he is joined by Kyle Efaw from Boise State.


He earned a national award last year being named Mackey Tight End of the Week after a terrific game against Wyoming. Reed caught seven passes for 100 yards, including two touchdowns as UNM picked up a win over Wyoming 34-31. In that contest, his leaping one-handed catch while double-covered in the end zone was the No. 2 play on ESPN Sportscenter's "Top Plays".


Reed's five touchdown catches were nearly half of UNM's 11 touchdown receptions last year, and his 459 yards were second on the team. He did average a team-best 13.9 yard per catch. He led New Mexico in conference games in all receiving categories, including receptions (26), touchdowns (4), and yards (362).


Aho didn't get many opportunities to kick last year, but when he did he was nearly perfect. The senior went 8-for-9 on field goals last year and he was perfect inside of 40 yards. He also was spot-on with his extra points, drilling all 22 on the season.

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Aho's biggest contribution came against Wyoming, a 34-31 walk-off win. Aho nailed a career-long 51-yard field goal in the third quarter cutting Wyoming's lead to 21-17, and then with four seconds left, he cranked home a 38-yard field goal for the win at the gun, his second game-winning kick in as many years.


The all-conference team was paced by Boise State, which had seven on the squad, including Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Kellen Moore, a Heisman candidate. TCU, the 2010 Mountain West champion, had four players on the squad, including Defensive Player of the Year Tank Carder. San Diego State had four as did Air Force. UNM and Colorado State each had two on the squad, and UNLV and Wyoming each had one.


With BSU leading the way with seven on the preseason team, it's no surprise that they were the preseason media pick as league champion, garnering 28 of the 31 first-place votes and 236 points overall. TCU received the other three first-place votes and had 208 points and are picked second. Air Force is third with 176 points, San Diego State is fourth with 160 points, and Colorado State is fifth with 104. Rounding out the poll is Wyoming (80), UNLV (77), and New Mexico (39).


The Lobos, who finished tied for eighth last year, have never finished in last place in the year that they have been predicted to do so. Back in 2000, UNM was selected eighth out of eight and instead ended up tied for fifth place.

2011 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team

Offense

QB

Kellen Moore

Sr.

Boise State

WR

Phillip Payne

Sr.

UNLV

WR

Josh Boyce

So.

TCU

RB

Ronnie Hillman*

So.

San Diego State

RB

Doug Martin

Sr.

Boise State

OL

Nate Potter

Sr.

Boise State

OL

A.J. Wallerstein**

Sr.

Air Force

OL

Kyle Dooley

Sr.

TCU

OL

Thomas Byrd

Sr.

Boise State

OL

Paul Madsen**

Sr.

Colorado State

TE

Lucas Reed*

Jr.

New Mexico

Defense

DL

Billy Winn

Sr.

Boise State

DL

Shea McClellin

Sr.

Boise State

DL

Stansly Maponga**

So.

TCU

DL

Josh Biezuns**

Sr.

Wyoming

LB

Tank Carder#*

Sr.

TCU

LB

Mychal Sisson**

Sr.

Colorado State

LB

Miles Burris*

Sr.

San Diego State

DB

George Iloka

Sr.

Boise State

DB

Leon McFadden*

Jr.

San Diego State

DB

Anthony Wright

Sr.

Air Force

DB

Jon Davis

Sr.

Air Force

Specialists

P

Brian Stahovich*

Sr.

San Diego State

PK

James Aho

Sr.

New Mexico

Ret.

Jonathan Warzeka

Sr.

Air Force

Offensive Player of the Year:

Kellen Moore, Sr., QB, Boise State

Defensive Player of the Year:

Tank Carder, Sr., LB, TCU

Special Teams Player of the Year:

Jonathan Warzeka, Sr., KR, Air Force

# - unanimous 2011 preseason selection.

* - member of the 2010 All-Mountain West first-team.

** - member of the 2010 All-Mountain West second-team.

2011 Mountain West Football Preseason Poll

Rk.

Team (first-place votes)

Points

1.

Boise State (28)

236

2.

TCU (3)

208

3.

Air Force

176

4.

San Diego State

160

5.

Colorado State

104

6.

Wyoming

80

7.

UNLV

77

8.

New Mexico

39

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