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Football Earns Pair Of All-MW First Teamers

Senior linebacker John Lotulelei finished with 120 total tackles in 2012.

Dec. 4, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV had multiple players earn First Team All-Mountain West for the first time since 2006 as senior linebacker John Lotulelei and junior place-kicker Nolan Kohorst were honored as part of the conference's official postseason awards announced Tuesday.

Lotulelei (Kihei, Hawaii), announced yesterday as the Rebels' Defensive Most Valuable Player for 2012, currently ranks third in the Mountain West and 39th in the nation with 9.2 tackles per game and his total of 120 was the 10th-highest in UNLV single-season history. A team captain, he turned in a career-high 19 total tackles vs. Nevada, Reno and grabbed his first interception vs. Washington State.

Kohorst (Henderson, Nev.) is the first Rebel place-kicker to earn first team all-conference since UNLV Athletics Hall of Famer Nick Garritano earned the designation from the Big West Conference in 1994. Kohorst, who led the team in scoring this fall with 68 points, made 12-of-14 field goal attempts for a league-leading percentage of 85.7 (minimum of 10), which ranks 15th in the nation and second in the school's single-season history. He also made 32-of-33 extra-point attempts.

Also, a pair of Rebels earned honorable mention this year.

Running back Tim Cornett (Galena Park, Texas) rushed for 1,232 net yards, which was the fifth-most in UNLV single-season history. The junior, who added seven rushing touchdowns, became just the third Rebel in history to post at least eight 100-yard rushing games in a season.

Earning honorable mention for the second straight season, center Robert Waterman (Castaic, Calif.) was a member of the Rimington Award Watch List and graded out highest among UNLV lineman for the season at 92 percent. He allowed just one quarterback sack and helped produce both a 1,000-yard and 600-yard rusher this fall.



Offensive Player of the Year 
Derek Carr, Jr., QB, Fresno State

Defensive Player of the Year Phillip Thomas, Sr., DB, Fresno State

Special Teams Player of the Year Mike Edwards, Sr., KOR, Hawai'i

Freshman of the Year Davante Adams, Fr., WR, Fresno State

Coach of the Year Rocky Long, San Diego State

2012 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM Offense Pos. Player Cl. School QB Derek Carr Jr. Fresno State WR Davante Adams Fr. Fresno State WR Brandon Wimberly Sr. Nevada, Reno RB Stefphon Jefferson Jr. Nevada, Reno RB Robbie Rouse Sr. Fresno State TE Gavin Escobar Jr. San Diego State OL Jeff Nady Sr. Nevada, Reno OL Austin Wentworth Jr. Fresno State OL Matt Paradis Jr. Boise State OL Nick Carlson Sr. Wyoming OL Nik Embernate Sr. San Diego State PK Nolan Kohorst Jr. UNLV PR/KR Mike Edwards Jr. Hawai`i

Defense Pos. Player Cl. School DL Mike Atkinson Sr. Boise State DL Demarcus Lawrence So. Boise State DL Tyeler Davidson So. Fresno State DL Mike Purcell Sr. Wyoming LB J.C. Percy Sr. Boise State LB Albert Rosette Sr. Nevada, Reno LB John Lotulelei Sr. UNLV DB Jamar Taylor Sr. Boise State DB Phillip Thomas Sr. Fresno State DB Derron Smith So. Fresno State DB Leon McFadden Sr. San Diego State P Pete Kontodiakos Sr. Colorado State

2012 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM Offense Pos. Player Cl. School QB Cody Fajardo So. Nevada, Reno WR Matt Miller So. Boise State WR Chris McNeill Sr. Wyoming RB Kasey Carrier Jr. New Mexico RB Adam Muema So. San Diego State TE Zach Sudfeld Sr. Nevada, Reno OL Jordan Eason Sr. Air Force OL Charles Leno Jr. Boise State OL Chris Barker Sr. Nevada, Reno OL Alex Johnson Sr. San Diego State OL Brenel Myers Sr. Boise State PK Jared Roberts So. Colorado State PR/KR Khalid Wooten Sr. Nevada, Reno

Defense Pos. Player Cl. School DL Paipai Falemalu Sr. Hawai`i DL Brock Hekking So. Nevada, Reno DL Andy Jennings Jr. Fresno State DL Lanston Tanyi Grad. Colorado State LB Travis Brown Sr. Fresno State LB Alex Means Sr. Air Force LB Jake Fely So. San Diego State DB Mike Edwards Jr. Hawai`i DB Jerrell Gavins Sr. Boise State DB Duke Williams Sr. Nevada, Reno DB Nat Berhe Jr. San Diego State P Alex Dunnachie Sr. Hawai`i

2012 HONORABLE MENTION Air Force: Cody Getz, Sr., RB; Brian Lindsay, Sr., DB; Jason Kons, Sr., OL; Austin Niklas, Sr., LB. Boise State: D.J. Harper, Sr., RB; Jeremy Ioane, So., DB; Tommy Smith, Sr., LB; Ricky Tjong-A Tjoe, Jr., DL. Colorado State: Shaquil Barrett, Jr., LB; Shaq Bell, Jr., DB; Weston Richburg, Jr., OL. Fresno State: Sean Alston, So., DB; Isaiah Burse, Jr., WR; Richard Helepiko, Sr., OL; Marcel Jensen, Jr., TE; L.J. Jones, Jr., DB; Andrew Shapiro, Sr., P. Hawai`i: Ben Clarke, Fr., OL; Tavita Woodard, Jr., DL. Nevada, Reno: Joel Bitonio, Jr., OL; Allen Hardison, Sr., PK. New Mexico: Justus Adams, Jr., PK; Dallas Bollema, Jr., LB; LaMar Bratton, So., OL; Chase Clayton, So., KR; Dillon Farrell, Jr., OL; Jacori Greer, Jr., DL; Darryl Johnson, Jr., OL; Matt Raymer, Sr., DB; Ben Skaer, Jr., P. San Diego State: Derek Largent, So., LB; Sam Meredith, So., DL; Bryce Quigley, Jr., OL. UNLV: Tim Cornett, Jr., RB; Robert Waterman, So., OL. Wyoming: Robert Herron, Jr., WR; Tim Gleason, Fr., P; Ghaali Muhammad, Sr., LB; Brett Smith, So., QB.

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