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?
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.
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