Two Aztecs, Kyahva Tezino and Dwayne Johnson Jr. converge on a Ram during San Diego State’s 24-10 defeat of Colorado State. Both received All-MW honors for 2019. Photo credit: @CSUFootball, via Twitter

Fourteen San Diego State players earned 2019 All-Mountain West football honors, including a tie for the league lead with five Aztecs on the first team.

Senior linebacker Kyahva Tezino, senior cornerback Luq Barcoo and defensive linemen Myles Cheatum and Cameron Thomas received the honors for their play on defense. Meanwhile, junior center Keith Ismael was the lone SDSU representative on the offensive first team.

Senior tight end Parker Houston and left guard Daishawn Dixon, along with junior safety Tariq Thompson and sophomore defensive end Keshawn Banks, made the second team.

San Diego State also had five honorable-mention selections. They are: senior punter Brandon Heicklen,  junior safety Dwayne Johnson Jr.,  sophomore cornerback Darren Hall, and redshirt freshmen, right guard William Dunkle and kicker Matt Araiza.

The 14 all-league picks match the most by an Aztec squad in 18 years. In 2001, they had 16. In addition, the team tied Air Force for the second most overall selections in the MW.  The five first-team honorees also tied the Aztecs with Boise State for tops in the league.

League coaches vote for the all-conference awards. Media members weigh in as well.

Tezino led a defensive unit that tops the MW in total defense (288.7), among other categories. The San Diego State defense ranks among the top 5 in the nation in rush and scoring defense.

Tezino, on the first team for the second straight year, leads the Aztecs with 96 tackles.

Ismael also made the top squad for the second straight season and third time overall.

Barcoo, meanwhile, leads the country in total passes defended. He tied for the lead in interceptions (8), pass breakups (16) and interceptions per game (0.67).

A senior, Cheatum made his first all-conference team after finishing the regular season with 39 tackles. He also logged 9.5 tackles for losses, five sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.

A redshirt freshman, Thomas joined Cheatum on the first team. He recorded 45 tackles, including 8 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries. He also broke up two passes.

The Aztecs conclude their season Dec. 21. They’ll play Central Michigan in the New Mexico Bowl.

 – Staff reports

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