RENO, Nev. – Coming off one of its best seasons in its history in the conference, the Nevada football team saw 10 of its players honored in the 2018 All-Mountain West Awards, including the Wolf Pack's first major award from the league.
Running back Toa Taua was named the league's Freshman of the Year and the Wolf Pack had a pair of first-team selections in defensive end Korey Rush and linebacker Malik Reed. Seven other Nevada standouts earned Honorable Mention from the Mountain West after the Pack's 7-5 campaign which saw the team achieve its best finish in the league with a second-place finish in the West Division.
Nevada's Honorable Mention honorees were: Dameon Baber, Sr., DB; Daniel Brown, Jr., DB; Quinton Conaway, Jr., P; Sean Krepsz, Sr., OL; McLane Mannix, So., WR; Jake Nelson, Jr., OL; and Asauni Rufus, Sr., DB.
The voting was done by the league's head coaches and a selected panel of media members who cover the league's 12 teams and the awards were announced today by the conference. Nevada's 10 overall selections is the most for the Pack since 12 were honored in 2012 in its first season in the league.
Taua was named the Mountain West's Freshman of the Year after a standout campaign by the Lompoc, Calif. native. He led all Mountain West freshman and was the team's leader in rushing with 816 yards and six rushing touchdowns.
Rush, a senior, missed the final three games of the season after suffering a broken foot in Nevada's win over San Diego State. But he was still second on the team in sacks and tackles for loss, and finished second in the conference in tackles for loss per game, and fourth in the MW in sacks per game. It marked his first career postseason honor from the league.
Reed, a senior, earned All-MW honors for the third straight season and is Nevada's first player to earn back-to-back first-team selections. He was a second-team pick on the defensive line in 2016 and a first-team pick on the line last year before switching to linebacker and earning first-team honors again this year. He led the conference in tackles for loss and forced fumbles, and was tied for fourth in the league in sacks per game.