LAS VEGAS » The University of Hawaii football team was predicted to finish last in the Mountain West Conference’s six-team West Division, according to a media poll released this morning at the league’s Media Days.
“Not winning a conference game last year probably shows what people think of us, and that’s OK,” said Nick Rolovich, UH’s first-year head coach. “We are what our record was last year until we change it.”
Safety Daniel Lewis, who is representing the Warriors at the Media Days, said: “I don’t like the pick. Nobody likes to be last. But it’s definitely another form of motivation for the guys. Guys are upset about the pick as I am. We’re going to use this to fuel us.”
San Diego State was picked to win the West, earning 174 points and all 29 first-place votes.
The Warriors earned 35 points.
Boise State was picked to win the Mountain Division.
No UH player was chosen for the 2016 Mountain West preseason team.
San Diego State swept the top preseason individual awards. Running back Donnel Pumphrey was chosen as the top player for offense, defensive back Damotae Kazee for defense, and kickoff returner Rashaad Penny for special teams.
1. San Diego State — 174 points (22 first-place votes)
2. Nevada — 129
3. San Jose State — 122
4. Fresno State — 76
5. UNLV — 73
6. Hawaii — 35
1. Boise State — 172 (27)
2. Air Force — 126 (2)
3. Utah State — 111
4. Colorado State — 95
5. New Mexico — 74
6. Wyoming — 31