Mountain West 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

Mountain West 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

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Mountain West 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

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The 2019 early rankings, depth chart lookaheads, and projections for the Mountain West.


MOUNTAIN WEST: WEST

6. San Jose State Spartans

The Spartan offense has a few quarterback options, but it needs one to step up and make the gig his. Losing TE Josh Oliver is a problem as four of the top six receivers from last year are gone. Tyler Nevens is a decent back who needs room – four starters are back up front. The defense needs two new starting corners and more bodies up front for the 3-4.

Final 2018 Record: 1-11 (1-7)
2018 MW West Finish: 6
2018 Prespring Mountain West Conference Ranking: 11
Biggest Issue To Fix: Pass Defense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Offensive Line
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Cornerback

5. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Experience isn’t going to be a problem at almost every spot. Every starting offensive lineman is expected back to protect QB Cole McDonald. The top runners return, too, but leading receiver John Ursua left early for the NFL. Cedric Byrd is back, but the O needs more receiver options. The defense might not be anything special, but at least it’s loaded with veterans – nine starters are back from the bowl game. Eight of the top ten tacklers are back.

Final 2018 Record: 8-6 (5-3)
2018 MW West Finish: T2
2018 Prespring Mountain West Conference Ranking: 10
Biggest Issue To Fix: Pass Protection
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Offensive Line
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Wide Receiver

4. Nevada Wolf Pack

It’s a logjam at quarterback to find the triggerman to replace Ty Gangi, but the receiving corps is loaded with just about everyone who remains returning. The offensive line has to replace the interior, but the tackles are fine and the running back situation is deep. The defense isn’t starting over, but five of the top six tacklers are gone, and the linebacking corps has to find a few new stars.

Final 2018 Record: 8-5 (5-3)
2018 MW West Finish: T2
2018 Prespring Mountain West Conference Ranking: 7
Biggest Issue To Fix: Turnovers
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Wide Receiver
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Offensive Guard

3. UNLV Rebels

Yeah, you’ve heard this one before – UNLV is loaded with experience. QB Armani Rogers is back along with all of the top receivers. Four starters return to the offensive front, but RB Lexington Thomas is gone. Defensive end is the one concern, but the linebacking corps returns almost intact. Even so, overall, six of the top 12 tacklers have to be replaced.

Final 2018 Record: 4-8 (2-6)
2018 MW West Finish: 5
2018 Prespring Mountain West Conference Ranking: 9
Biggest Issue To Fix: Passing Efficiency
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Wide Receiver
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive End

2. Fresno State Bulldogs

Jeff Tedford has done a wonderful job so far, but now he has some rebuilding to do. Marcus McMaryion is gone, putting the focus on Jorge Reyna to see if he can handle the quarterback duties – if a grad transfer doesn’t sign on. Star WR KeeSean Johnson is gone, but the running backs should be great with Ronnie Rivers and Jordan Mims returning. Now they need a line to work behind, with four starters gone.

Fortunately, everyone is back on the defensive line, and that’s a must with everyone gone from the linebacking corps. LB Jeff Allison left early for the NFL along with S Mike Bell, meaning four of the top five tacklers are done.

Final 2018 Record: 12-2 (7-1)
2018 MW Mountain Finish: 1
2018 Prespring Mountain West Conference Ranking: 3
Biggest Issue To Fix: Pass Rush & Tackles For Loss
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Defensive Line
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Linebacker

1. San Diego State Aztecs

Can the offense find any sort of steady production? Ryan Agnew is now a veteran quarterback, but most of the top pass catchers are gone. However, Juwan Washington and Chase Jasmin are back for the ground game, and four starters return up front. The entire starting D line is gone, but leading tackler Kyahva Tezino is back along with safeties Tariq and Trenton Thompson. Eight of the top 11 tacklers return.

Final 2018 Record: 7-6 (4-4)
2018 MW West Finish: 4
2018 Prespring Mountain West Conference Ranking: 2
Biggest Issue To Fix: Scoring Offense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Cornerback
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive Line

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