Who Is The Best Mountain West Quarterback?
Last year was the year of the running back; this is the year of the quarterback.
Who would you take to lead your team at quarterback?
This week is a bit interesting as a few teams split quarterback duties and Nevada surprised people by going with Ty Gangi over David Cornwell as their Week 1 starter.
Boise State played two quarterbacks as did San Jose State, so these latest rankings will be very fluid with most teams playing just one game so far.
Look for these to be revisited each and every week through the season.
12. Josh Love or Montell Aaron, San Jose State (PV: 12)
Both were expected to play against Cal Poly but it was Aaron who looked a lot better than Love. Love was only 4 of 9 for just 28 yards. Aaron had three touchdown passes and was 11 of 17 for 183 yards. For the year, Aaron has four touchdown passes and zero interceptions while Love has two scores to three interceptions. As long as the Spartans split quarterbacks they will be near the bottom.
11. Ty Gangi, Nevada (PV: 9/David Cornwell)
Ty Gangi was the surprise starter for the Wolf Pack’s opener against Northwestern. The offense had a few bright spots but Gangi was just 16 of 37 for 199 yards. Gangi is expected to be the starter next week.
10. Kent Myers, Utah State (PV: 7)
Playing against Wisconsin is tough but Myers had a bad night with three interceptions in the loss. He did complete over 50 percent of his passes and 219 yards but drives stalled out and scoring 10 points is an issue.
9. Armani Rogers, UNLV (PV: 10)
Losing to Howard is never a good thing and will drop a quarterback in these rankings. Rogers did reasonably well in his FBS debut but the hype surrounding him would likely able to be met against this FCS foe. Rogers did throw for 220 yards on 11 of 19 passes and rushed for another 82 on nine attempts. There were three drives which stalled in the red zone and the Rebels settled for field goals.
8. Lamar Jordan, New Mexico (PV: 6)
Looks like we can tentatively call New Mexico the #Throwbos. Yes, it was against an FCS team but Jordan exceeded expectations throwing the ball as he completed 11 of 17 for 213 yards and he rushed for another 52 yards.
7. Arion Worthman, Air Force (PV: 5)
Against VMI, Worthman threw a lot more than what was expected by completing 8 of 12 for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns which comes to 21.5 yards per completion. He also rushed for 33 and another score.
6. Chason Virgil, Fresno State (PV: 11)
Virgil looked good in his first game under new head coach Jeff Tedford and his offense by completing 16 of 29 for 246 yards and a score. With the 66-0 win that allowed for Oregon State transfer Marcus McMaryion to enter the game and he looked real good completing 6 of 7 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Do not be shocked if McMaryion eventually takes over the starting job.
5. Josh Allen, Wyoming (PV: 3)
Allen struggled once again going up against a team with a solid defense. Part of the issues was the offensive plays which were called. Head coach Craig Bohl was not allowing Allen to go deep all that often but settled for shorter passes. Allen threw the ball 40 times but completed 23 of those for only 174 yards and had two interceptions in the fourth quarter.
4. Dru Brown, Hawaii (PV: 4)
In Brown’s second game and against a step down in competition against an FCS team it was surprising to see his production dip. Not having John Ursua in this matchup was a big blow in Brown’s numbers which were just pedestrian. Against Western Carolina he was only 11 for 21 with 154 yards and had a pair of touchdowns and interceptions.
3. Christian Chapman, San Diego State (PV: 8)
Perhaps Chapman was correct in saying he was going to have a break out season, but be cautiously optimistic as the Aztecs were facing an FCS foe. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 221 yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns and one interception. More will be known next week when the Aztecs take on Arizona State.
2. Nick Stevens (PV: 1)
His matchup against Colorado was not that great but there were a few questions offensive pass interference calls that took points and yards off the board. He went 24 of 47 for 309 yards and a pair of interceptions.
1. Brett Rypien & Montell Cozart, Boise State (PV: 2)
With Boise State playing two quarterbacks it makes them an interesting top pick in these rankings. Cozart was expected to play but to play as much as he did and staying in for full drives was surprising. As for Rypien, he looked shaky against an underrated Troy defense which held him to just 160 yards on 12 of 23 attempts plus an interception.