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Mountain West Conference not prepared to name a UNLV Rebel Player of the Week

That honor goes to Jeremy McNichols of Boise State.

Fresno State v UNLV Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Swing and a miss from the Mountain West Conference on Monday morning, that’s what I think.

UNLV Rebels (2-3, 1-0) quarterback Dalton Sneed electrified college football on Saturday with a scramble to avoid a safety that would turn into the longest run in UNLV football history.

In his first collegiate start, Sneed led the Rebels to a 45-20 win over visiting Fresno State (1-4, 0-1). Sneed, starting for the injured Johnny Stanton, finished with 129 yards through the air and a staggering 147 yards on the ground. That performance wasn’t enough to be named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week, however. That honor would go to Jeremy McNichols of Boise State (4-0, 1-0).

McNichols shredded the Utah State (2-3, 0-2) defense for 226 all purpose yards in a 21-10 BSU win. McNichols was named Player of the Week for the second consecutive time, as the win over the Aggies propelled the Broncos into the Top 20 in both the AP and Coaches polls. McNichols has also generated some Heisman buzz, and I’m sure receiving as many accolades from the Mountain West Conference as possible does not hurt that buzz.

Sneed gets a considerably tougher test on Saturday when UNLV travels to San Diego State (3-1, 0-0) to play an Aztec team sure to be good and mad after a loss to South Alabama. Boise State has a Friday matchup with New Mexico (2-2, 1-0).