2013 Mountain West player rankings: No. 14, Wyoming QB Brett Smith

Cooper Neill

The 50 player countdown to the start of the 2013 college football season continues with No. 14.

The countdown of the 50 best Mountain West players, as well as the countdown to the start of the season, and today's number is 14. That means at this time in two weeks we will be actually waiting for games to be played later that Thursday night.

The No. 14 player on our list is Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith. Some maybe shocked by this placement of Smith, but he truly is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. In 2012, he did not run as much and saw his production dip from 710 yards to just 248, and his average per rush drop down from over five yards a carry to a pedestrian 2.18.

However, Smith made up for that by greatly improving his touchdown to interception ratio which went from 20 to 11 and up to 27 to six. He also threw for 200 yards more than the prior year and that was also by playing in two less games, plus he missed his top receiver Robert Herron for four of those games.

Smith has tremendous talent and if the talent around him stays healthy, keeps him protected, and make plays; then he could possibly be inch close to the level of David Carr, David Fales and Chuckie Keeton.

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Here is the latest update on who picked where plus the composite, click the players name in the composite row to read why they ended up with that ranking. Also, bold is where today's player was selected.

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8. Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB
9. Austin Wentworth, Fresno State, OT
10. Brandon Wimberly, Nevada, WR
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12. Brandon Wimberly, Nevada, WR Robert Herron, Wyoming, WR Travis Raciti, San Jose State, DT Austin Wentworth, Fresno State, OT
13. Travis Raciti, San Jose State, DT Matt Miller, Boise State, WR Brett Smith, Wyoming, QB
14. Brett Smith, Wyoming, QB Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB Brett Smith, Wyoming, QB Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB Brett Smith, Wyoming, QB Matt Miller, Boise State, WR
15. Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB Keith Smith, San Jose State, LB Charles Leno, Boise State, OT Tyeler Davison, Fresno State, DT Brock Hekking, Nevada, DT Nat Berhe, San Diego State, S
16. Matt Miller, Boise State, WR Austin Wentworth, Fresno State, OT Travis Raciti, San Jose State, DT Tim Cornett, UNLV, RB Tyeler Davison, Fresno State, DT Eric Schultz, Utah State, OT
17. Tim Cornett, UNLV, RB Brett Smith, Wyoming, QB Tim Cornett, UNLV, RB Brandon Wimberly, Nevada, WR Tim Cornett, UNLV, RB Brett Smith, Wyoming, QB
18. Brandon Wimberly, Nevada, WR Robert Herron, Wyoming, WR Brock Hekking, Nevada, DT Austin Wentworth, Fresno State, OT Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB
19. Robert Herron, Wyoming, WR Brock Hekking, Nevada, DT Art Laurel, Hawaii, LB Garrett Grayson, Colorado State, QB Derek Largent, San Diego State, LB Charles Leno, Boise State, OT
20. Brock Hekking, Nevada, DT Tim Cornett, UNLV, RB

Brett Smith, Wyoming, QB Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State, LB
21. Art Laurel, Hawaii, LB Art Laurel, Hawaii, LB Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Boise State, DT Matt Miller, Boise State, WR Nick Tenhaeff, San Diego State, LB
22. Travis Raciti, San Jose State, DT Robert Herron, Wyoming, WR Art Laurel, Hawaii, LB Tim Cornett, UNLV, RB Joe Southwick, Boise State, QB Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State, LB Matt Paradis, Boise State, OT
23. Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State, LB Matt Miller, Boise State, WR Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State, LB Brandon Wimberly, Nevada, WR Isaiah Burse, Fresno State, WR Art Laurel, Hawaii, LB Travis Raciti, San Jose State, DT
24.Keith Smith, San Jose State, LB Nat Berhe, San Diego State, S Vince Buhagiar, San Jose State, LB Keith Smith, San Jose State, LB Jake Doughty, Utah State, LB Nicholas Kaspar, San Jose State, OT Kyler Fackrell, Utah State, LB
25. Isaiah Burse, Fresno State, WR Brandon Wimberly, Nevada, WR Austin Wentworth, Fresno State, OT Matt Miller, Boise State, WR
26.Charles Leno, Boise State, OT Joe Southwick, Boise State, QB Gabe Linehan, Boise Sate, TE Jeremy Ioane, Boise State, S Nick Sherry, UNLV, QB Tim Cornett, UNLV, RB
27. Matt Paradis, Boise State, OT Devante Davis, UNLV, WR Isaiah Burse, Fresno State, WR Cory James, Colorado State, LB Eric Schultz, Utah State, OT Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming Isaiah Burse, Fresno State, WR
28. Austin Wentworth, Fresno State, OT Jeremy Ioane, Boise State, S Matt Paradis, Boise State, OT Devante Davis, UNLV, WR Brock Hekking, Nevada, DT Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB Keith Smith, San Jose State, LB
29. Joe Southwick, Boise State, QB Tyeler Davison, Fresno State, DT Eric Schultz, Utah State, OT L.J. Jones, Fresno State, CB Derek Largent, San Diego State, LB Isaiah Burse, Fresno State, WR Chase Clayton, KR/WR, New Mexico
30. Tyeler Davison, Fresno State, DT Isaiah Burse, Fresno State, WR Jeremy Ioane, Boise State, S Devante Davis, UNLV, WR Art Laurel, Hawaii, LB
31. Nat Berhe, San Diego State, S Chris Nwoke, Colorado State, RB Nolan Kohorst, UNLV, PK Jake Doughty, Utah State, LB Dominic Rufran, Wyoming, WR Matt Miller, Boise State, WR Blair Burns, Wyoming, CB
32. Jeremy Ioane, Boise State, S Kyler Fackrell, Utah State, LB Brock Hekking, Nevada, DT Gabe Linehan, Boise Sate, TE Christian Tago, San Jose Sate, LB Jake Doughty, Utah State, LB Brock Hekking, Nevada, DT
33. Vince Buhagiar, San Jose State, LB Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State, LB Chris Nwoke, Colorado State, RB Tyeler Davison, Fresno State, DT Alex Hansen, DE, Air Force Zach Vigil, Utah State, LB
34. Jake Doughty, Utah State, LB Zach Vigil, Utah State, LB Jon Lee, Air Force, RB Nicholas Kaspar, San Jose State, OT
Marcel Jensen, Fresno State, TE Matt Paradis, Boise State, OT Nicholas Kaspar, San Jose State, OT
35. Eric Schultz, Utah State, OT Cole Gautsche, New Mexico, QB Joe Southwick, Boise State, QB Robert Herron, Wyoming, WR
36. Gabe Linehan, Boise Sate, TE Charles Leno, Boise State, OT John Hardy-Tuliau, Hawai'i, S Matt Paradis, Boise State, OT Matt Paradis, Boise State, OT Chandler Jones, San Jose State, WR Brandon Wimberly, Nevada, WR
37. Devante Davis, UNLV, WR Blair Burns, Wyoming, CB Cole Gautsche, New Mexico, QB Joel Bitonio, Nevada, T Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State, LB Joe Southwick, Boise State, QB L.J. Jones, Fresno State, CB
38. L.J. Jones, Fresno State, CB Vince Buhagiar, San Jose State, LB Blair Burns, Wyoming, CB Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State, LB Keith Smith, San Jose State, LB Jake Doughty, Utah State, LB
39. Chris Nwoke, Colorado State, RB L.J. Jones, Fresno State, CB Ty MacArthur, Air Force, WR/KR Vince Buhagiar, San Jose State, LB Travis Raciti, San Jose State, DT Nick Tenhaeff, San Diego State, LB
40. Blair Burns, Wyoming, CB Nevin Lawson, Utah State, CB Don Jackson, Nevada, RB Josh Harper, Fresno State, WR Nicholas Kaspar, San Jose State, OT Robert Herron, Wyoming, WR
41. Kyler Fackrell, Utah State, LB Josh Harper, Fresno State, WR Marcel Jensen, Fresno State, TE Chris Nwoke, Colorado State, RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB Derek Largent, San Diego State, LB
42. Derek Largent, San Diego State, LB Cory James, Colorado State, LB Austin Lopez, K, San Jose State Andy Jennings, Fresno State, DE Josh Quezada, Fresno State, RB Joe Southwick, Boise State, QB
43. Nicholas Kaspar, San Jose State, OT Dillon Farrell, New Mexico, Center Nat Berhe, San Diego State, S Dillon Farrell, New Mexico, Center Andy Jennings, Fresno State, DE Dallas Bollema, New Mexico, LB
44. Nick Tenhaeff, San Diego State, LB Billy Ray Stutzmann, Hawaii, WR Nevin Lawson, Utah State, CB Nevin Lawson, Utah State, CB DeAndre Elliott, Colorado State, CB Ben Clarke, Hawaii, C John Hardy-Tuliau, Hawai'i, S
45. Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Boise State, DT Jon Lee, Air Force, RB Blake Renaud, LB, Boise State Marcel Jensen, Fresno State, TE Devante Davis, UNLV, WR Ian Seau, Nevada, LB Alex Hansen, DE, Air Force
46. Chase Clayton, KR/WR, New Mexico Trent Matthews, Colorado State, S Sam Meredith, DT, San Diego State Billy Ray Stutzmann, Hawaii, WR Taylor Graham, Hawaii, QB Nolan Kohorst, UNLV, PK LaMarr Bratton, G, New Mexico
47. Zach Vigil, Utah State, LB Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Boise State, DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Boise State, DT Sidney Hodge, UNLV, CB Kivon Cartwright, Colorado State, TE Tyler Ervin, KR, San Jose State
49. Cory James, Colorado State, LB Ty MacArthur, Air Force, WR/KR L.J. Jones, Fresno State, CB Richy Turner, Nevada, WR Crockett Gilmore, Colorado State, TE Travis Reynolds, Utah State, WR Joel Bitonio, T, Nevada
49.Marcel Jensen, Fresno State, TE Nick Sherry, UNLV, QB Chase Clayton, KR/WR, New Mexico Eric Pinkins, San Diego State, SS Marcus Sullivan, UNLV, WR Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Boise State, DT Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State
50. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State, QB Colin Lockett, San Diego State, WR Lenny Jones, Nevada, DE Chandler Jones, San Jose State, WR Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Boise State, DT Crockett Gilmore, Colorado State, TE Jeremy Ioane, Boise State, S
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