Week 2 Mountain West Football Quarterback Rankings
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Week 2 QB rankings have a new look
Now that there are at least two games per school within the Mountain West — except for Air Force who had a Week 2 bye — these quarterback rankings might solidify just a bit.
Well, we mean just a bit since San Jose State has a new starter, Boise State played both Montell Cozart and Brett Rypien but the latter quarterback left the game injured and New Mexico benched Lamar Jordan for Tevaka Tuioti in their loss to the Aggies.
12. Kaymen Cureton, Nevada (PV: 11/Ty Gangi)
This was unexpected as head coach Jay Norvell announced during his Monday press conference that he is going with the true freshman for next weeks game against Idaho State. This also very likely means that David Cornwell is the third in the quarterback lineup.
11. Montell Aaron, San Jose State (PV: 12)
First road start of their career and you have to play at Texas, that is tough. The Spartans offense had no answer for a Longhorn defense that wanted to flip the scrip from their opening season loss where they allowed 51 points to Maryland. Aaron was just over 50 percent at 12 of 23 completed passes for 103 yards, but he did spread the ball around a lot but also had a pick. It seems that Josh Love is out of the picture altogether as Sam Allen who went 3 of 6.
10. Lamar Jordan & Tevaka Tuioti, New Mexico (PV: 8)
The reason for the dip is because the Lobos went to Tevaka Tuioti at quarterback to replace Lamar Jordan. The passing game seems to be there which means it is safe to use #ThrowBos as the two combined for 20 of 38 passes — each completed 10 — but it was Tuioti who found the end zone with two touchdown passes while Jordan had two picks. The near comeback came from the surge which Tuioti brought. Head coach Bob Davie said that Jordan is starting against Boise State on Thursday.
9. Chason Virgil, Fresno State (PV: 6)
This is probably too big of a swing as Fresno State went from Incarnate Word to traveling to the No. 1 team in the country to face Alabama. Virgil did make a few good throws, including a 26-yard touchdown pass late in the game. For the game Virgil completed 21 of 34 for just 180 yards. Marcus McMaryion did enter the game and went 5 of 7 for 36 yards.
8. Armani Rogers, UNLV (PV: 9)
Rogers had one amazing throw which was a 94-yard touchdown pass to Devonte Boyd, but that was nearly half of his 193 total passing yards. He was 10 of 16 and had an interception in the win over Idaho, but take away that one long pass and he was just 9 of 15 for 99 yards.
7. Kent Myers, Utah State (PV: 10)
Big bounce back game for Myers in the Aggies home opener. Yes, it was against an FCS team in Idaho State but the Utah State offense was clicking under Myers as he was 24 of 26 for 323 yards to go along with two touchdowns and a pick. He also ran for another two scores on 85 yards.
6. Arion Worthman, Air Force (PV: 7)
The Falcons were on a bye this week and their one game to date was against an FCS team. A much tougher task is this week as they travel to Michigan.
5. Christian Chapman, San Diego State (PV: 3)
Chapman did what he was asked to do in the win over Arizona State by keeping the offense moving and not turning the ball over. He was only 9 of 18 for 73 yards but did have a touchdown pass late in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Aztecs are still a run first team and that will limit the production for Chapman but he got the job done, again.
4. Josh Allen, Wyoming (PV: 5)
Playing an FCS team will do wonders for one’s confidence. Allen also may have found a second wide receiver in Austin Conway who had 11 receptions for 135 yards.
3. Dru Brown, Hawaii (PV: 4)
Playing UCLA is tough and Brown played reasonably well against the tough defense of the Bruins. Brown was a modest 23 of 38 for 227 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He did get back in the groove with his favorite target in John Ursua who had 10 receptions.
2. Brett Rypien & Montell Cozart, Boise State (PV: 1)
In the Washington State lose Rypien was knocked out of the game in the first half after being on the receiving end of a massive hit. That made Cozart the guy for the rest of the game. He started off solid but in the fourth quarter he made some questionable plays including a shovel pass that led to a pick-six against Washington State. Boise State plays New Mexico on Thursday and in the Broncos depth chart Rypien is listed at the top.
1. Nick Stevens (PV: 2)
Yes, he played against Abilene Christian but he had three touchdown passes while going 25 of 40 for 337 yards in the easy victory. The big test will be this next week when the Rams go on the road to face Alabama.