Hall, a first-team all-MWC honoree last season, passed for league-highs of 3,848 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2007, ranking as the top sophomore quarterback nationally. His passing and total yardage (3,862) numbers set MWC records for a sophomore signal-caller.
Phillips, a 2008 preseason All-American, was a second-team all-MWC selection on defense a year ago after collecting a team-high 87 tackles while ranking ninth in the league with 11.0 tackles for loss in 13 games played.
Sakoda, a 2008 preseason All-American, led the league with a 44.3 punting average and was 38-of-40 in point-after attempts last season while leading Utah in scoring for the second consecutive year with 95 points.
Broughton was a two-time all-District selection in high school, recording 50 tackles and three sacks as a junior and ranking as the nation's No. 59 defensive end following his senior year in 2006.
The 2008 preseason team is loaded with experience, featuring 18 players that were all-Conference selections in 2007, including six first-team honorees. Fifteen seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores comprise the 25-member squad.
2008 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team Position Student-Athlete Class
WR Austin Collie** Jr. BYU
WR Ryan Wolfe Jr. UNLV
OL Nick Charles** Jr. Air Force
OL Ray Feinga* Sr. BYU
OL Dallas Reynolds* Sr. BYU
OL Blake Schlueter** Sr. TCU
OL Robert Conley** Sr. Utah
TE Dennis Pitta* Jr. BYU
QB Max Hall* Jr. BYU
RB Harvey Unga** So. BYU
RB Rodney Ferguson* Sr. New Mexico
DL Jan Jorgensen* Jr. BYU
DL Paul Kruger So. Utah
DL John Fletcher** Jr. Wyoming
DL/LB Ryan Kemp Sr. Air Force
LB Ward Dobbs** Sr. Wyoming
LB Russell Allen Sr. San Diego State
LB Jason Phillips** Sr. TCU
DB Brice McCain** Sr. Utah
DB DeAndre Wright* Sr. New Mexico
DB Stephen Hodge** Sr. TCU
DB Robert Johnson Jr. Utah
P Louie Sakoda* Sr. Utah
PK Louie Sakoda** Sr. Utah
Ret. Devin Moore Sr. Wyoming
* member of the 2007 All-Mountain West Conference first-team.
** member of the 2007 All-Mountain West Conference second-team.
Offensive Player of the Year: Max Hall, Jr., QB, BYU
Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Phillips, Sr., LB, TCU
Special Teams Player of the Year: Louie Sakoda, Sr., PK/P, Utah
Freshman of the Year: Braylon Broughton, DE, TCU