Mountain West Football Top 50: No. 11, Colorado State QB Nick Stevens
The Rams’ high hopes may rest on the right arm on Nick Stevens, who continues our countdown of Mountain West football’s 50 best players.
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We’ve seen Stevens’ ceiling. Now comes the hard part: Consistency.
It takes a lot to stand out at the quarterback position these days in the Mountain West. Between a potential #1 pick in next year’s draft and a two-time first-team all-conference selection, you’d be forgiven for overlooking just how good our next athlete was in 2016.
Colorado State’s Nick Stevens didn’t have a great start to the year, going 6-of-20 in a blowout loss to Colorado and losing his job, but he rebounded down the stretch by throwing 19 touchdowns against just three interceptions in the Rams’ last seven games. During that same stretch, he compiled a quarterback rating of 191.82, a figure which would’ve ranked second in the FBS over the course of an entire season. On the season, Stevens threw for 1,936 yards at 9.6 yards per attempt, the latter figure ranking fourth nationally.
There’s likely to be some regression in his numbers this fall, but if he can hang on to most of his gains with a veteran offense around him, Stevens just might outshine the other guys behind center.