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Trio of Rebels receive 2nd-team All-Mountain West honors

UNLV’s Tim Cornett, Devante Davis and Brett Boyko make the league’s 2nd team while Fresno State QB Derek Carr repeats as Offensive POY

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UNLV running back Tim Cornett gets past Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty during their game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Utah State won the game 28-24.

UNLV placed three players on the All-Mountain West second team, the league announced today. Running back Tim Cornett, receiver Devante Davis and offensive lineman Brett Boyko all received the distinction after a 7-5 season that has the Rebels playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.

Davis and Cornett seemed like possibilities for make the first team but the league’s coaches and media voted them each just outside of that group. The Rebels also had seven players receive an honorable mention — defensive backs Frank Crawford and Peni Vea, defensive end Mark Garrick, linebacker Tani Maka, receiver Marcus Sullivan and offensive linemen Cameron Jefferson and Robert Waterman.

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr won the Offensive Player of the Year award for the second straight year after leading the nation in several categories, including offensive yards (4,983) and passing touchdowns (48). The other big honors went to Colorado State’s Shaquil Barrett for Defensive Player of the Year, Utah State’s Matt Wells for Coach of the Year, New Mexico’s Carlos Wiggins for Special Teams Player of the Year and San Jose State’s Tyler Winston for Freshman of the Year.

UNLV was one of only three teams to not place somebody on the first team — also Air Force and Hawaii — and the Falcons were the only team to not get a player on either team. For the full list of honorees, go here.

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