MWC Top 50: No. 48 is New Mexico DE Brett Bowers

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

We are counting down the top 50 players in the Mountain West this season and are currently at the No. 48 spot.

This summer, the Mountain West Connection crew is counting down the top 50 players heading into the 2014 Mountain West season. The criteria is objective because a top 50 list could be considered who's the best is different per person, so this list will vary.

The No. 48 player on the list is New Mexico Lobos defensive end Brett Bowers. Seeing a New Mexico player, specifically a defender, in our top 50 list might seem odd. Just because a defensive unit is not very good does not mean that there are zero good players.

Phil Steele places Bowers on his preseason second team for the Mountain West. His main contribution on the field was getting to the backfield sacking the quarterback and stopping the run behind the line of scrimmage with nine tackles for loss and another six sacks. His tackle rate for a defensive end last year was not all that impressive with just 37 total tackles. He must improve off of that number if he wants to be an elite or even first team All-Mountain West player in 2014.

Here is the updated list of our top 50 countdown with the current selection in bold:

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16. Bryan Douglas, DB, Boise State
17. David Peterson, OL, San Jose St
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21. Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico
22. Corey Bell, DB, Boise State
23. Peni Vea, S, UNLV
24. Kyrie Wilson, LB, Fresno State
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26. Rykeem Yates, DT, Nevada
27. Aaron Davis, LB, Colorado State
Terry Poole, OL, San Diego State
28. Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming
Kenneth Penny, CB, UNLV
29. Jared Roberts, K, Colorado State Charles Washington, S, Fresno State
30. Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada
31. Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State
Bruce 'JoJo' Natson, WR/PR, Utah State Kyrie Wilson, LB, Fresno State
32. Jarrod Lawson, RB, SJSU
Peni Vea, S, UNLV Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State Billy Freeman, TE, SJSU
33. Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State Karl Mickelsen. LB, Fresno State
34. Joe Hill, RB, Utah State Darian Thompson, S, Boise State Bruce 'JoJo' Natson, WR/PR, Utah State Aaron Davis, LB, Colorado State
35. Donavon Lewis, LB, Fresno State
36. Sonny Puletasi, DE, Wyoming
Jamal Price, OL, New Mexico Rykeem Yates, DT, Nevada
37. Tajh Hasson, CB, UNLV
Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Ben Weaver, LB, Boise State
38. Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada
Don Jackson, RB, Nevada
Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada
39. Jon Lee, RB, Air Force
40. Broam Hart, RB, Air Force Joe Hill, RB, Utah State
Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming
41. Sonny Puletasi, DE, Wyoming Broam Hart, RB, Air Force
Peni Vea, S, UNLV
42. Tyler Horn, DT, Boise State Vince Buhagiar, LB, San Jose State Brandon Swindall, WR, Utah State
43. Ben Weaver, LB, Boise State
44. Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming
45. Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Marcus Sullivan, WR, UNLV
Peni Vea, S, UNLV Brandon Connette, QB, Fresno State
46. Richy Turner, WR, Nevada Brian Douglas, DB, Boise State
Cole Gautsche, QB, New Mexico Peni Vea, S, UNLV Dakota Cox. LB, New Mexico
47. Jake Jones, OL, Wyoming Vince Buhagiar, LB, SJSU Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Sonny Puletasi, DE, Wyoming
Jarrod Lawson, RB, SJSU
Marteze Waller, RB, Fresno State
Justin Northern, OL, Fresno State
48. Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Darian Thompson, S, Boise State Scott Harding, WR/KR, Hawaii
Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
Ben Clarke, OL, Hawaii Kenneth Penny, DB, UNLV
49. Peni Vea, S, UNLV Jake Jones, OL, Wyoming Dasheon Frierson, CB, SJSU Shaquille Murray-Lawrence, RB, UNLV Christian Spears, S, Air Force
50. Bruce 'JoJo' Natson, WR/PR, Utah State Will Conant, K, Air Force
Jared Roberts, K, Colorado State Vince Buhagiar, LB, SJSU Ben Weaver, LB, Boise State Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada Jared Roberts, K, Colorado State Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
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