Dalton will find plenty of familiar faces on our All-MWC team. TCU leads all MWC schools with 10 first-round picks and 14 overall selections. That total of 14 includes a triple entry for Jeremy Kerley, who made the squad as a first-team wide receiver, first-team kick returner and second-team punt returner.
Utah had 11 overall picks, including four first-team selections. San Diego State had six first-team picks and nine overall choices.
TCU free safety Tejay Johnson is our MWC defensive MVP. Johnson is one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back. TCU's Gary Patterson is our coach of the year for leading the Horned Frogs to a second consecutive undefeated regular season.
Our MWC freshman of the year is San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman, who leads the conference with 1,304 rushing yards. Hillman's emergence helped make San Diego State offensive coordinator Al Borges our MWC coordinator of the year. San Diego State ranks 19th in total offense and 20th in scoring this season after finishing 85th in scoring and 86th in total offense last season.
FIRST TEAM Offense
QB Andy Dalton, TCU
Particulars: 6-3/220, Sr.; Katy (Texas) High
Buzz: Dalton has gone 194-of-293 for 2,638 yards with 26 touchdown passes and six interceptions to rank fifth nationally in passing efficiency. He leads all active FBS players with 40 career wins as a starting quarterback. Dalton is the Mountain West's career leader in total offense with 11,678 yards.
RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
Particulars: 5-10/175, Fr.; La Habra (Calif.) High
Buzz: Hillman has rushed for 1,304 yards to rank 14th nationally and leads all MWC players by a 239-yard margin. He also has run for 14 touchdowns while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He ran for 228 yards against Missouri and also gained at least 150 yards against New Mexico State, Colorado State and UNLV.
Particulars: 5-9/200, Soph.; Irving (Texas) MacArthur
Buzz: Wesley has rushed for 1,065 yards and 11 touchdowns on 162 carries. He has averaged 6.6 yards per carry and ranks second in the conference with 88.8 rushing yards per game. He rushed for 209 yards against Air Force, 165 against Baylor and 134 against Oregon State.
Particulars: 6-0/195, Sr.; Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High
Buzz: Brown has caught 61 passes for 1,187 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the MWC in receiving. Brown plays his best against the Aztecs' best opponents, as he caught a combined 12 passes for 351 yards and five touchdowns in losses to TCU and Utah.
WR Jeremy Kerley, TCU
Particulars: 5-10/192, Sr.; Hutto (Texas) High
Buzz: Kerley has 50 receptions for 517 yards, and he leads the MWC with 10 touchdown catches. He caught three touchdown passes against San Diego State and two against Baylor. He also has run for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Particulars: 6-2/205, Sr.; Chula Vista (Calif.) Castle Park
Buzz: Sampson has a league-leading 65 receptions for 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught 12 passes for 154 yards against Utah. He scored two touchdowns each against Nicholls State, New Mexico State, Wyoming and UNLV. He has had at least 100 receiving yards in six games.
Particulars: 6-6/350, Sr.; Odessa (Texas) High
Buzz: This third-year starter has helped TCU average 43.3 points per game while allowing only nine sacks all season. Only six schools have yielded fewer sacks. Although he has played tackle for TCU, Cannon is rated as one of the top guards in the 2011 NFL draft class.
Particulars: 6-6/322, Jr.; Provo (Utah) Timpview
Buzz: This third-year starter served as a stabilizing force for a young BYU offense that had a true freshman (Jake Heaps) as its starting quarterback for most of the regular season. Reynolds has allowed just one sack all season while protecting Heaps' blind side.
Particulars: 6-4/302, Sr.; Shelton (Wash.) High
Buzz: This fourth-year starter has helped Utah allow just eight sacks all season. Army, Air Force, Stanford, Oregon and Boise State are the only teams to allow fewer sacks. Schlauderaff graded out at 90 percent or better against New Mexico, Iowa State and Notre Dame.
Particulars: 6-4/285, Jr.; Canyon (Calif.) Canyon Country
Buzz: Wallerstein has opened up enough running room to help Air Force rank second nationally in rushing, as the Falcons average 317.9 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry. This marks the 12th consecutive season Air Force has led the MWC in rushing.
Particulars: 6-3/305, Sr.; Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee
Buzz: Kirkpatrick has helped pave the way for a TCU rushing attack that ranks ninth in the nation and averages 5.9 yards per carry. Kirkpatrick was named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman. Kirkpatrick was the only offensive player selected as a finalist.
Particulars: 6-3/250, Sr.; Southern Utah College, preceded by Bountiful (Utah) High
Buzz: Cox has made 50 total tackles - 7.5 behind the line of scrimmage - to go along with four sacks. He made 12 tackles against TCU and delivered at least one tackle for loss in seven regular-season games.
Particulars: 6-3/302, Sr.; Scott City (Kan.) Scott County
Buzz: Miller collected 35 tackles - nine for loss - and 6.5 sacks to go along with 18 quarterback hurries this season. He recorded 4.5 sacks in a 43-10 victory over UNLV to set an MWC single-game record.
Particulars: 6-3/261, Sr.; Carlsbad (Calif.) High
Buzz: So'oto has 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks to go along with 44 overall tackles. He had four tackles for loss in a victory over Wyoming and delivered a sack in three of BYU's last six regular-season games.
Particulars: 6-2/250, Sr.; Kilgore (Texas) High
Buzz: Daniels leads all MWC defensive linemen with 12 tackles for loss, and he also has recorded a team-high 6.5 sacks. He got off to a hot start by collecting 5.5 sacks in the first six games of the season.
Particulars: 6-3/246, Soph.; Copperas Cove (Texas) High
Buzz: Brock has 97 tackles - 27 more than any of his teammates - while also recovering two fumbles and picking off a pass. He delivered a 57-yard interception return against Utah and has recorded at least nine tackles in six games, including each of his past three.
Particulars: 6-3/240, Jr.; Granite Bay (Calif.) High
Buzz: Burris has 9.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss to lead the MWC in both categories. He also has 74 overall tackles. He produced four tackles for loss and two sacks against Colorado State, and he also had a two-sack game against BYU.
Particulars: 6-3/237, Sr.; Sweeny (Texas) High
Buzz: Carder has 54 overall tackles - 6.5 for loss - and five pass breakups while emerging as a leader for TCU's outstanding defense. He picked off a pass against BYU and had a fumble recovery against New Mexico.
Particulars: 5-10/180, Soph.; Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Buzz: McFadden has 12 pass breakups and two interceptions to lead the MWC in passes defended. He also has 54 tackles, including seven behind the line of scrimmage.
Particulars: 5-8/185, Sr.; Flower Mound (Texas) High
Buzz: Rembert has three interceptions and nine pass breakups to help Air Force rank 14th nationally in pass efficiency defense. He picked off passes against BYU, Colorado State and San Diego State.
FS Tejay Johnson, TCU
Particulars: 6-1/212, Sr.; Garland (Texas) South Garland
Buzz: Johnson has three interceptions and has forced three fumbles to go along with his 56 tackles. He was selected as one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back.
Particulars: 6-3/217, Sr.; Snow College (Utah), preceded by Ogden (Utah) Bonneville
Buzz: Rich leads BYU in total tackles (106), solo tackles (59), assists (47), interceptions (three), forced fumbles (three), fumble recoveries (tied for the team lead with one) and pass breakups (seven). He has 6.5 tackles for loss and has recorded three interceptions in BYU's past three games.
Particulars: 5-11/192, Sr.; Snow College (Utah), preceded by Highland (Utah) Lone Peak
Buzz: Phillips is 12-of-14 on field-goal attempts, including a perfect 9-of-9 from shorter than 42 yards. He made a school-record 18 consecutive field-goal tries - a streak that began last season - before missing a 42-yarder into a headwind against Air Force.
Particulars: 6-0/195, Jr.; San Diego Cathedral Catholic
Buzz: Stahovich has averaged 45.7 yards per punt to lead the MWC and rank eighth nationally. He placed 15 of his 50 punts inside the opponent's 20 and has only six touchbacks.
KR Jeremy Kerley, TCU
Particulars: 5-10/192, Sr.; Hutto (Texas) High
Buzz: Kerley ranks 18th nationally in kickoff-return average (28.0) and 17th in punt-return average (12.93). LSU's Patrick Peterson is the only other FBS player to rank among the nation's top 20 returners in each category.
Particulars: 5-11/202, Sr.; East Los Angeles CC, preceded by Upper Marlboro (Md.) Frederick Douglass
Buzz: Smithson ranks second in the nation with an average of 19.7 yards per punt return, and has two returns for touchdowns. He scored on a 77-yard return against UNLV and a 73-yard return against New Mexico.