Alex Smith was one of seven unamimous selections to the preseason all-MWC team.
July 22, 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The Utah football team was selected to repeat as the Mountain West Conference champion in a poll of the MWC media members, conducted at the annual MWC Football Preview. The Utes claimed 15 of 16 first-place votes and 127 points. Last year, the Utes were picked to finish fifth in the preseason media poll, only to go 10-2, win the MWC championship and beat Southern Mississippi in the Liberty Bowl.
Six Utes were named to the preseason all-conference team-the most players from any school. The Utes honored were senior wide receiver Paris Warren, senior offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu, junior quarterback Alex Smith, junior defensive tackle Steve Fifita, senior defensive back Morgan Scalley and senior returner Bo Nagahi. Smith was one of seven unanimous picks.
Utah returns 17 starters in 2004-eight on offense, seven on defense, the kicker and punter. Colorado State received the only other first place vote in the preseason poll and finished second to Utah with 98 total points. San Diego State was third (87 points), New Mexico fourth (86), Brigham Young and UNLV tied for fifth (54), and Air Force (42) and Wyoming (23) rounded out the field.
2004 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll
1. Utah (15) 127 2. Colorado State (1) 98 3. San Diego State 87 4. New Mexico 86 5. Brigham Young 54 UNLV 54 7. Air Force 42 8. Wyoming 23
2004 Preseason All-Mountain West Conference Team
Offense WR David Anderson Jr. Colorado State WR Paris Warren Sr. Utah OL Claude Terrell Jr. New Mexico OL Mike Kracilik Sr. San Diego State OL Ryan Cook Jr. New Mexico OL Erik Pears Sr. Colorado State OL Chris Kemoeatu Sr. Utah TE Joel Dreessen Sr. Colorado State QB Alex Smith Jr. Utah RB DonTrell Moore Jr. New Mexico RB Lynell Hamilton So. San Diego State
Defense DL Zach Morris Sr. Wyoming DL Brady Poppinga Sr. Brigham Young DL Patrick Goodpaster Sr. Colorado State DL Steve Fifita Jr. Utah LB Kirk Morrison Sr. San Diego State LB Matt McCoy Jr. San Diego State LB Adam Seward Sr. UNLV DB Jamaal Brimmer Sr. UNLV DB Morgan Scalley Sr. Utah DB Aaron Francisco Sr. Brigham Young DB Gabriel Fulbright Jr. New Mexico
Specialists P Matt Payne Sr. Brigham Young PK Wes Zunker Sr. New Mexico RET Bo Nagahi Sr. Utah