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MWC top 50: No. 40 is New Mexico OL LaMar Bratton

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We are counting down the top 50 players in the Mountain West this season and are currently at the No. 40 spot.

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This summer the Mountain West Connection crew is counting down the top 50 players heading into the 2014 Mountain West season. Because the criteria is objective regarding who should be considered "the best," opinions are different for each person. It naturally follows, then, that the results on this list will vary; out of the 94 players who received votes, only 17 were consensus top 50 players, receiving votes from every panel member.

The No. 40 player in our countdown is the first of five offensive linemen on our list, New Mexico's LaMar Bratton. Bratton is a senior this year, and has had started in 37 consecutive games; he redshirted his freshman year, then started as a redshirt freshman and hasn't missed starting a game since. Last year, he recorded 148 knockdown blocks, leading the Lobos in the category. The past two years, he has been playing at the left guard, but this year he will resume the center post after playing in the position his redshirt freshman year. Bratton will anchor the Lobos' O-line in an effort increase their offensive performance; their run game last year was often explosive, but lacked the ability to put up very many points. Bratton and co. will attempt to change that this year.

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

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4. Jake Fely, LB, SDSU
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12. Quinn Kaehler, QB, SDSU Christian Tago, LB, SJSU
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14. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, SDSU LaMar Bratton, OL, New Mexico
15.
16. Bryan Douglas, DB, Boise State
17. David Peterson, OL, San Jose St
18.
19.
20. Quinn Kaehler, QB, SDSU
21. Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico
22. Corey Bell, DB, Boise State
23. Joey Iosefa, RB, Hawaii Christian Tago, LB, SJSU Peni Vea, S, UNLV
24. Kyrie Wilson, LB, Fresno State
LaMar Bratton, OL, New Mexico
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26. Rykeem Yates, DT, Nevada
LaMar Bratton, OL, New Mexico
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 Donnel Pumphrey, RB, SDSU 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 Donnel Pumphrey, RB, SDSU

Jake Fely, LB, SDSU

Joey Ioesefa, 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 Quinn Kaehler, QB, SDSU Ben Weaver, LB, Boise State
38. Christian Tago, LB, SJSU Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada
Don Jackson, RB, Nevada
Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada
39. Jon Lee, RB, Air Force Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada
40. LaMar Bratton, OL, New Mexico 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. Christian Tago, LB, San Jose State Sonny Puletasi, DE, Wyoming Broam Hart, RB, Air Force
Peni Vea, S, UNLV Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada
42. Quinn Kaehler, QB, San Diego State Tyler Horn, DT, Boise State Vince Buhagiar, LB, San Jose State Jake Fely, LB, SDSU Brandon Swindall, WR, Utah State
43. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State Ben Weaver, LB, Boise State Joey Ioesefa, RB, Hawaii Christian Tago, LB, SJSU Christian Tago, LB, SJSU
44. Jake Fely, LB, San Diego State

Jake Fely, LB, SDSU

Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming Donnel Pumphrey, RB, SDSU
45. Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Marcus Sullivan, WR, UNLV
Peni Vea, S, UNLV Brandon Connette, QB, Fresno State LaMar Bratton, OL, New Mexico
46. Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada
Quinn Kaehler, QB, SDSU 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 LaMar Bratton, OL, New Mexico 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