MWC top 50: No. 45 is Colorado State TE Kivon Cartwright

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We are counting down the top 50 players in the Mountain West this season and are currently at the No. 45 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. 45 player in our countdown is Colorado State tight end Kivon Cartwright. Last year, Cartwright was the backup to Crockett Gilmore and even though he was not starting, Cartwright caught 27 receptions for 462 yards and six touchdowns. That was good enough to be the third in the Mountain West for tight ends.

This year, Cartwright had a very good chance to be the best tight end in the league with Garrett Grayson returning as quarterback for the Rams.

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. Joey Iosefa, RB, Hawaii 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
Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada Terry Poole, OL, San Diego State
28. Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming
Kenneth Penny, CB, UNLV Joey Iosefa, RB, Hawaii
29. Jared Roberts, K, Colorado State Charles Washington, S, Fresno State
30. Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State 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
Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State
33. Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State Joey Iosefa, RB, Hawaii 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
Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada 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 Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada
40. Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State 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 Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada
42. Tyler Horn, DT, Boise State Vince Buhagiar, LB, San Jose State Brandon Swindall, WR, Utah State
43. Ben Weaver, LB, Boise State Joey Iosefa, RB, Hawaii
44. Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming
45. Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Marcus Sullivan, WR, UNLV
Peni Vea, S, UNLV Brandon Connette, QB, Fresno State
46. Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada
Richy Turner, WR, Nevada Brian Douglas, DB, Boise State
Cole Gautsche, QB, New Mexico Peni Vea, S, UNLV Dakota Cox. LB, New Mexico
47. Joey Iosefa, RB, Hawaii 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 Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State 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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