Three CSU football players earn all-conference honors

The Mountain West announced its end of season awards Wednesday, and three members of Colorado State football received individual recognition for their efforts in 2018.

Wide receiver Preston Williams and punter Ryan Stonehouse were each named First-Team All-Mountain West, while linebacker Josh Watson received was included on the second team. No Rams were included on the honorable mention list.

Williams, a 21-year old redshirt junior transfer from Tennessee, displayed why he was ranked the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the nation in 2015. In his first season of action with the Rams, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound wide out finished fourth in the nation with 96 receptions and led the Mountain West with 1, 345 receiving yards. In total, Williams ranked in the top-5 nationally for receptions, receiving touchdowns, receiving yards, receptions per game and receiving yards per game.

With the inclusion of Williams in 2018, CSU football has now had a wide receiver named first-team all-league in each of the last five seasons. Rashard Higgins made the cut in both 2014 and 2015, and then Michael Gallup represented CSU in 2016 and 2017.

Stonehouse is the first CSU specialist to earn individual league honors since Hayden Hunt in 2016. Stonehouse ranks second nationally in gross punting average at 48.3 yards per punt, and set a single-season program record in the process. Of his 65 punts this season, 18 were placed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.  

Finally, Watson led the Rams with 130 total tackles, ranking second in the MW at 10.9 tackles per game. The senior linebacker led the Rams in total tackles in 11-of-12 games this season, and recorded a career-high 17 tackles on two different occasions (Wyoming and Air Force). The Blue Springs, MO., native leaves CSU with the sixth most tackles in program history (367).

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