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MWC Top 50: No. 36 is Colorado State safety Trent Matthews

We are counting down the top 50 players in the Mountain West this season and are currently at the No. 36 spot.

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

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.

No. 36 is Colorado State safety Trent Matthews who earned this spot due to his performance of last year where he nabbed four interceptions, 2.5 tackles for a loss, a sack and 69 tackles. The Rams defense is expected to be in the top half of the Mountain West and Matthews will be one of the leaders on this Colorado State defense.

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

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1.
2.
3.
4. Jake Fely, LB, SDSU
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11. Carlos Wiggins, KR/WR, New Mexico
12. Quinn Kaehler, QB, SDSU Christian Tago, LB, SJSU
13. Carlos Wiggins, KR/WR, New Mexico
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 Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State
22. Corey Bell, DB, Boise State
Trent Matthews, S, Colorado State
23. BJ Larsen, DE, Utah State BJ Larsen, DE, Utah State Joey Iosefa, RB, Hawaii Christian Tago, LB, SJSU Trent Matthews, S, Colorado State Peni Vea, S, UNLV
24. Kyrie Wilson, LB, Fresno State
LaMar Bratton, OL, New Mexico
25.
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 Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada
31. Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State
Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii Bruce 'JoJo' Natson, WR,PR, Utah State Trent Matthews, S, Colorado 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. Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii Donavon Lewis, LB, Fresno State
36. Trent Matthews, S, Colorado State
Sonny Puletasi, DE, Wyoming
Jamal Price, OL, New Mexico BJ Larsen, DE, Utah State Rykeem Yates, DT, Nevada Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii BJ Larsen, DE, Utah State
37. Carlos Wiggins, KR/WR, New Mexico Tajh Hasson, CB, UNLV
Kendall Brock, RB, Nevada BJ Larsen, DE, Utah State Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Quinn Kaehler, QB, SDSU Ben Weaver, LB, Boise State
38. BJ Larsen, DE, Utah State Christian Tago, LB, SJSU Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada
Don Jackson, RB, Nevada
Jonathan McNeal, LB, Nevada
39. Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii 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 Trent Matthews, S, Colorado 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 Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii Tyler Horn, DT, Boise State Carlos Wiggins, KR/WR, New Mexico 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 Carlos Wiggins, KR/WR, New Mexico
44. Jake Fely, LB, San Diego State Carlos Wiggins, KR/WR, New Mexico

Jake Fely, LB, SDSU

Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming Donnel Pumphrey, RB, SDSU Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii
45. Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State Brett Bowers, DE, New Mexico Marcus Sullivan, WR, UNLV
Peni Vea, S, UNLV Brandon Connette, QB, Fresno State Trent Matthews, S, Colorado State LaMar Bratton, OL, New Mexico BJ Larsen, DE, Utah State
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 Carlos Wiggins, KR/WR, New Mexico 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 Trent Matthews, S, 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