MWwire's Top 50 Football Players of 2017

MWwire's Top 50 Football Players of 2017

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MWwire's Top 50 Football Players of 2017


The MWwire Countdown Of 2017 Mountain West Football’s Fifty Best Athletes

An annual tradition, an annual debate. Which players are among the 50 best in the Mountain West?

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It’s difficult to find consensus on the MWC’s best. Who’s in and who’s out?

There can be only… fifty.

We carried over one of our favorite annual exercises from our old home to our new digs here at Mountain West Wire and, this year, 81 different players received a vote to be part of our list of the conference’s top 50 football players.

We’ll highlight some of the players who stand out among our honorable mentions, and update this post as we count down to our number one pick.

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare your outrage.

Honorable Mentions

RBs Charles Williams and Lexington Thomas, UNLV

Though it seems clearer what UNLV will do with its quarterback competition, it’s likely that the Rebels offense will be led once again by its dynamic running game. In 2016, Williams led all Mountain West freshmen with 763 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Thomas pitched in with 652 yards and eight scores of his own.

They both averaged five yards per carry, as well, and in the absence of departed stars like Brian Hill and Donnel Pumphrey, these two could both crack 1,000 yards under the right circumstances.

QB Kent Myers, Utah State

After making the top 50 in 2016, the Aggies’ senior quarterback fell off this time around. Myers’s completion percentage fell to 58.9% and his yards per attempt fell to 6.6 yards per pass, but he’s at the helm of a new quick-pace offense and has a potentially steady running game behind him.

WR Jamire Jordan, Fresno State

It often wasn’t pretty for the Bulldogs offense in 2016, but the junior receiver made the most of a bad situation with 45 catches, 713 yards and three touchdowns. He also continued to demonstrate big-play ability, catching five passes of more than 40 yards, and should remain dangerous as the second option in Jeff Tedford’s offense.

LB Evan Colorito, Colorado State

The Rams had a promising defense last year and uneven results, but they have plenty of returning starters like Colorito. He racked up ten tackles for loss and two sacks in 2016, and could emerge as the best pass rusher on a team with New Year’s Day bowl aspirations.

DE Kevin Prosser, Wyoming

Craig Bohl’s front seven battled through injuries last year, but Prosser had a star turn in his sophomore year. He led the Cowboys with eleven tackles for loss and six-and-a-half sacks, and will be a stalwart in a deep and dangerous defense for the Mountain division champions.

The Complete List

Boise State — Mason Hampton; Colorado State — Evan Colorito, Zack Golditch, Olabisi Johnson, Darnell Thompson; Fresno State — Jamire Jordan; Hawaii — Meffy Koloamatangi, Viene Moala; Nevada — Gabe Sewell; New Mexico — Lamar Jordan; San Diego State — John Baron II, Noble Hall, Mikah Holder, Antonio Rosales, Quest Truxton, Juwan Washington; San Jose State — Jeremiah Kolone, Maurice McKnight, Owen Roberts, UNLV — Kendal Keys, Darius Mouton (left program), Justin Polu, Lexington Thomas, Charles Williams; Utah State — Dallin Leavitt, Kent Myers, Ian Togiai; Wyoming — Rico Gafford, Youhanna Gaifan, C.J. Johnson, Kevin Prosser

No. 50: Fresno State WR KeeSean Johnson

No. 49: New Mexico G Aaron Jenkins

No. 48: San Diego State QB Christian Chapman

No. 47: San Diego State DT Sergio Phillips

No. 46: Colorado State RB Izzy Matthews

No. 45: Nevada DB Asauni Rufus

No. 44: UNLV DL Mike Hughes

No. 43: Boise State TE Jake Roh

No. 42: Nevada WR Wyatt Demps

No. 41: Boise State STUD Jabril Frazier

No. 40: San Diego State CB Kameron Kelly

No. 39: Utah State WR Ron’Quavion Tarver

No. 38: Colorado State LB Josh Watson

No. 37: Boise State RB Alexander Mattison

No. 36: Hawaii RB Diocemy Saint Juste

No. 35: San Diego State LB Ronley Lakalaka

No. 34: Colorado State RB Dalyn Dawkins

No. 33: Wyoming OT Zach Wallace

No. 32: Wyoming FS Marcus Epps

No. 31: San Diego State AZTEC Parker Baldwin

No. 30: Air Force QB Arion Worthman

No. 29: Utah State CB Jalen Davis

No. 28: Wyoming DE Carl Granderson

No. 27: Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson

No. 26: Boise State OT Archie Lewis

No. 25: Former Nevada RB James Butler

No. 24: Hawaii QB Dru Brown

No. 23: San Jose State DB Andre Chachere

No. 22: New Mexico DE Garrett Hughes

No. 21: San Diego State TE David Wells

No. 20: Nevada OT Austin Corbett

No. 19: New Mexico RB Tyrone Owens

18: Hawaii S Trayvon Henderson

17: San Diego State CB Ron Smith

16: Nevada DE Malik Reed

15: Wyoming LB Logan Wilson

14: Hawaii OT Dejon Allen

13: Frank Ginda LB San Jose State

12: Jahlani Tavai LB Hawaii

11: Nick Stevens QB Colorado State

10: Michael Gallup WR Colorado State

9: Tim McVey RB Air Force

8: Tyler Horton DB Boise State

7: Colorado State C Jake Bennett

6: UNLV WR Devonte Boyd

5: Wyoming FS Andrew Wingard

4: Boise State DL David Moa

3: San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny

2: Wyoming QB Josh Allen

1: Boise State QB Brett Rypien

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