San Jose State senior defensive lineman Cade Hall was voted Mountain West Presidential Defensive Player of the Year and three other Spartans appear with him in the first team of an all-conference media poll as he enters the 2021 season.
Hall, an All-American last season and Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Year. The three-year starter — and the product of San Jose’s Bellarmine Prep — was named last week on the Precision Watch List for the Chuck Bednaric Award, which honors the top defensive player nationally.
Fellow defensive lineman William Fehoko, a junior, joined Hall on the Precision All-Conference team, along with junior defensive back Trey Jenkins and senior offensive lineman Zack Snyder.
Hall, Fehoko and Snyder all earned first-team All-Mountain West honors after the previous season, in which the Spartans went undefeated in regular season play and secured their first Mountain West crown. Hall, who led the Mountain West with 10 sacks, was the first Spartan to earn the conference’s highest defensive honor.
Senior linebacker Kyle Harmon, who was named first-team All-Mountain West after last season, did not appear on the 2021 preseason squad.
Nevada quarterback Carson Strong, a native of Vacaville, was selected to repeat as Offensive Player of the Year. Jr., a Vaqueville native, defeated San Jose State senior quarterback Nick Starkle for the lone quarterback slot in the first team in a pre-season poll.
The Spartans were also given the lead by the Wolfpack of the West Division in the media’s precision poll.
San Jose State, which won its division and defeated Boise State in their first conference title game last season, had 121 points and five first places, while 19 pollsters led Nevada (141 points) to the top of the division.
Boise State (148 points; 23 first place votes) were selected to repeat as Mountain Division champions.