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Top 50 Mountain West players: No. 49 is Boise State LB Ben Weaver

We countdown the top 50 players for the Mountain West season and No. 49 is Boise State linebacker Ben Weaver.

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No. 49 on our list of top Mountain West players for the upcoming season is Boise State linebacker Ben Weaver. Weaver is getting preseason publicity from various outlets, including being named to Phil Steele's third-team All-Mountain West defensive team.

Weaver is one of many returning defenders for this Boise State defense and last year he was third on the team in tackles with 51.5, plus he had three tackles for a loss and a pair of sacks. His stat line doesn't immediately stand out  -- yet don't let that fool anyone for how good he is -- and that is because this defense overall is stout and very few are capable of standing out amongst such a talented group.

Our player countdown will be posted at 8 a.m. MT each and every day, and here is our StoryStream of our countdown. Feel free to agree or disagree, civilly of course, in the comments about the list. New players are in bold.

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16. Teriyon Gipson, RB, UNM
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18. Uso Olive, DL, WYO Uso Olive, DL, WYO
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20. Lamar Jordan, QB UNM Steven Walker, TE, CSU
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24. Steven Walker, TE, CSU Steven Walker, TE, CSU
25. Nate Romine, QB, AFA
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27. Jarred Gipson, TE, NEV
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29. Teryion Gibson, RB, UNM Ben Weaver, LB, BSU
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31. Ben Weaver, LB, BSU Travis Averill, OL, BSU
32. Don Jackson, RB, NEV Steven Walker, TE, CSU
33. Don Jackson, RB, NEV
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35. Jeremy McNichols, WR/RB BSU Ben Weaver, LB, BSU Travis Averill, OL, BSU
36. Ben Clarke, OL, UH Ben Clarke, OL, UH
37. Don Jackson, RB NE Alex Fifita, OT, FSU Cleveland Wallace III, CB, SJSU Steven Walker, TE, CSU
38. Blake Decker, QB UNLV Travis Averill, OL, BSU Joe Gray, QB, SJSU Jimmy Pruitt, CB, SJSU Ben Weaver, LB, BSU
39. Cleveland Wallace III, CB, SJSU Jarred Gipson, TE, NEV Ben Clarke, OL, UH
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41. Zack Greenlee, QB FSU Joe Gray, QB, SJSU Garrett Brown, WR, AFA Lucas Wacha, LB, WYO Tyler Gray, LB, BSU
42. Cleveland Wallace III, CB, SJSU
43. Lucas Wacha, LB, WYO Cleveland Wallace III, CB, SJSU Jonathan Moxey, CB, BSU
44. Jeremy McNichols, WR/RB BSU Lucas Wacha, LB, WYO Uso Olive, DL, WYO
45. Hasaan Henderson, WR, NEV Lucas Wacha, LB, WYO Hasaan Henderson, WR, NEV Kevin Pierre-Louis, DB, CSU
46. Jake Roh, TE, BSU Alex Fifita, OT, FSU Hasaan Henderson, WR, NEV Garrett Brown, WR, AFA Nate Romine, QB, AFA
47. Hasaan Henderson, WR, NEV Diocemy Saint-Juste, RB Hawaii Kelsey Young, RB, BSU Justin Northern, OG, FSU Joe Gray, QB, SJSU Steven Walker, TE, CSU Lamar Jordan, QB UNM Lamar Jordan, QB UNM
48. Lamar Jordan, QB, UNM
Bo Bonnheim, C, FSU Hasaan Henderson, WR, NEV Tau Lotulelei, LB, UNLV
49.Ben Weaver, LB, BSU Garrett Brown, WR, AFA Joe Gray, QB, SJSU Ben Clarke, OL, UH Lucas Wacha, LB, WYO
50. Steven Walker, TE, CSU Zack Greenlee, QB, FSU Garrett Brown, WR, AFA Garrett Brown, WR, AFA Rafe Kiely, OL, WYO