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LB Maik Reed, Sr. Nevada: Part outside linebacker, part defensive end, the veteran pass rusher has been one of the Mountain West’s best sackers over the last three seasons. This was his most disruptive year yet, cranking up eight sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and 72 tackles. He even returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown in the tight win over Oregon State. Relentless, quick, and tough around the ball, he’s a game-wrecker.
QB Ty Gangi, Sr. Nevada: It only seems like he’s been around the program for 14 years. The senior came through with his best season yet, completing 61% of his passes for 3,131 yards and 23 touchdowns, and running for 155 yards and three scores. Interceptions were an issue – he threw 11 – and he has to keep the mistakes to a bare minimum, but he finally gets to play in a bowl game. This is his time.
QB Justice Hansen, Arkansas State: A statistical superstar, Hansen there for close to 3,200 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions, and ran for almost 400 yards and six scores. The 6-4, 224-pounder will probably be drafted – he’ll definitely be part of an NFL camp – with good mobility to go along with his deep arm. He has thrown one pick in the last six games, and has gone interception-less in eight of his last ten games. ASU might have lost its last two bowl games, but Hansen threw three touchdown passes in each.
DE Ronheen Bingham, Sr. Arkansas State: The All-Sun Belt performer came up with nine sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss, spreading out the production throughout a whale of a Sun Belt season. At 6-2 and 242 pounds, he’s a bit undersized for an end, but he’s always living in the backfield and he’s able to hold his own against the run with 65 tackles.