The 2016 version of the Mountain West Connection top 50 football players countdown is finally here and our 50th player is Wyoming Cowboys linebacker D.J. May.
May is an interesting player: He started his career in Laramie as a running back, but made the switch to linebacker last year and might reach his full potential this year.
In his first year at linebacker, May accumulated 42 solo tackles and 69 overall. He also had 4.5 tackles for a loss and a sack, and still returns kicks as well.
While May did not make the media's all-conference list, he did make the second team all-conference from magazine preview guru Phil Steele.
Here is the staff picks and composite rankings.
|Composite||Jeremy Mauss||Duane Grasmick||Daniel Arbino||Matthew Kenerly||Brandon Blake||erwinism||Josh Fredlund||DontWarriorBoutIt||Terrance Dickens|
|17||DJ Dunn, Jr, AFA, LB|
|22||Maurice McKnight, SJSU, DB|
|24||Malik Smith, SDSU, DB||Roland Ladipo, AFA, CB|
|25||Andre Chachere, SJSU, CB|
|27||Kendall Keys, UNLV, WR||Kendall Keys, UNLV, WR|
|28||Timothy McVey, AFA, RB|
|29||Tanner Gentry, Wyo, WR||Devin Centers, USU, FS||Devin Centers, USU, FS|
|30||Roland Ladipo, AFA, CB||Salesa Faraimo, DT, NEV|
|31||Will Kreitler, C, UNLV|
|33||Izzy Matthews, CSU, RB||Gabe Perez, DE, Boise State||DJ May, WYO, LB|
|34||Jermaine Kelly, SJSU, LB|
|35||Reno Henderson, UNM, OL||Gabe Perez, DE, Boise State|
|36||Jarred Gipson, Nev, TE|
|37||Izzy Matthews, RB, CSU||Jamire Jordan, WR,FSU|
|38||Mike Hughes, UNLV, LB||Gabe Perez, BSU, DL||Jermaine Kelly, SJSU, LB||Mike Hughes, UNLV, LB|
|39||Jermaine Kelly, SJSU, DB||Dylan Sumner-Gardner, BSU, S||Asauni Rufus, Nev, SS|
|40||Jamire Jordan, FSU, WR||Jamire Jordan, WR, FSU||Jarred Gipson, Nev, TE||Izzy Matthews, RB CSU|
|41||Tyler Rausa, K, Boise St||Arthur Flores, SDSU, OL||Travis Averill, Boise St, OG||Reno Henderson, UNM, OL|
|42||Tanner Gentry, Wyo, WR|
|43||Johnny Stanton, UNLV, QB||Jarred Gipson, NEV, TE||Malik Smith, SDSU, FS||DJ May, WYO, LB||Dylan Sumner-Gardner, BSU, DB|
|44||Malik Smith, SDSU, FS||Asauni Rufus, NEV, DB||Dylan Sumner-Gardner, BSU, S||Travis Averill, G, Boise St||Christian Chapman, SDSU, QB||Malik Smith, SDSU, FS|
|45||DJ Dunn, AFA, LB||Mike Hughes, DT, UNLV||Josh Lovingood, CSU, DT||DJ May, WYO, LB|
|46||Dylan Sumner-Gardner, BSU, DB|
|47||DJ Dunn, LB, AFA||Gabe Perez, BSU, DE||DJ Dunn, LB, AFA||Malik Smith, SDSU, DB|
|48||Marcus Kemp, UH, WR||Kwayde Miller, T, SDSU||Malik Smith, SDSU, FS||DJ May, WYO, LB|
|49||DJ May, WYO, LB||Jesse Washington, AFA, DB||Marcus Kemp, UH, WR||Josh Lovingood, CSU, DT|
|50 DJ May, WYO, LB||Michael Carrizosa, P, SJSU|