San Jose State’s starting backfield duo was confirmed as the best in the Mountain West on Monday.
The conference announced the All-Mountain West honorees, and Spartans quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and running back Kairee Robinson were named first-team honorees. Boise State’s Ashton Jeanty, the offensive player of the year, was also named as a first-team running back, while Cordeiro did not split his honor.
On the defensive side, edge rusher Tre Smith was named to the first team for the Spartans.
Cordeiro, a sixth-year senior, has racked up 2,558 passing yards and 19 touchdowns through the air and became the the Mountain West’s all-time leader in total touchdowns (112) and yardage gained (13,537) over his career, including four seasons at Hawaii and two more since transferring to San Jose State. He was on the all-conference second team last season.
Robinson, a senior De La Salle graduate, is averaging 7.2 yards per carry and has scored 20 total touchdowns (18 rushing), including at least one in all 11 games he has played.
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Smith, a redshirt sophomore, has racked up 5 1/2 sacks, 8 1/2 tackles for loss and 58 total tackles, all career highs.
Wide receiver Nick Nash and defensive lineman Soane Toia were named to the second team, while offensive tackle Fernando Carmona, cornerback Jay’Vion Cole, safety Tre Jenkins, center Anthony Pardue and linebacker Bryun Parham were honorable mention.
Colorado State edge rusher Mohamed Kamara was the defensive player of the year, while UNLV coach was named the coach of the year.