Mountain West Football Top 50: No. 17, San Diego State CB Ron Smith
Our highest ranked San Diego State defender, Ron Smith, continues our countdown of Mountain West football’s 50 best players.
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The next in a line of top-notch Aztecs defensive backs could already be the conference’s best corner.
By this point in our list, it should be clear that our staff here at Mountain West Wire holds this year’s San Diego State secondary in high regard. And even though he’s just a sophomore, our next entrant might already be the best in the unit.
Ron Smith appeared in all 14 games for the Aztecs last year, starting the last six and making his presence known almost from the get-go. He finished his redshirt freshman campaign with three interceptions — only five other FBS freshmen had more — and two INT return touchdowns. Despite losing the conference’s defensive player of the year, expect Smith to line up across the field from Kameron Kelly, who also made our top 50 list, and continue to make the lives of quarterbacks across the west miserable.