Athlon sports has released it's 2017 pre-season All Mountain West football team and the top QB is Boise State's Brett Rypien.

Athlon sports says it's picks are based on statistics from 2016 and the players potential for 2017. Rypien was one of 11 Broncos named to the Athlon pre-season list. San Diego State had the most with 14 selections.

Joining Rypien on the first team is receiver Cedric Wilson and offensive lineman Archie Lewis but the biggest surprise to me is Bronco running back Alexander Mattison being tabbed to the 2nd team behind Nevada's James Butler.

A pair of Boise State players were named first team defense, David Moa as lineman and Tyler Horton at cornerback.