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Mountain West top 50: Colorado State QB Nick Stevens is 26th

Rams quarterback Nick Stevens is high on our list but may not be in the eyes of head coach Mike Bobo.

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The 2016 version of the Mountain West Connection top 50 football players countdown is here and the 26th player is ending up being an interesting choice as it is Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens.

Most of our staff assumed that Stevens would retain his starting job and not be entrenched with a battle between Georgia transfer Faton Bauta and also Collin Hill.

Stevens put up solid numbers last year as he was second in total passing yards, third in yards per game and completed 60 percent of his passes. He also led the conference in passing touchdowns with 21 but had the second most interceptions.

Either head coach Mike Bobo really likes competition or he feels his other signal callers can outperform Stevens. Maybe this spot should be reserved for whoever gets the starting quarterback job at Colorado State.

Here are the staff picks and composite rankings.

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11 Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT
12 Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR
13 Teriyon Gipson, UNM, RB Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Ben Weaver, BSU, LB Teriyon Gipson, UNM, RB
14 Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR
15 Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL
16 NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Nik D'Avanso, UNM, DE
17 Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB DJ Dunn, Jr, AFA, LB Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR
18 Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR
19 Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Jalen Robinette, AFA, WR NIck Stevens, CSU, QB
20 Roland Ladipo, CB, AFA Jake Roh, BSU, TE Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Nik D'Avanso, UNM, DE Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Roland Ladipo, CB, AFA
21 NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB
22 Jake Roh, BSU, TE Maurice McKnight, SJSU, DB Jake Roh, BSU, TE
23 Jake Roh, BSU, TE
24 Malik Smith, SDSU, DB Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Roland Ladipo, AFA, CB NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Roland Ladipo, CB, AFA
25 Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Andre Chachere, SJSU, CB Austin Corbett, NEV, OL Ricky Ali'ifua, USU, DT
26 NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Jalen Robinette, AFA, WR Ben Weaver, BSU, LB Roland Ladipo, CB, AFA Jake Simonich, USU, T Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR
27 Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR Kendall Keys, UNLV, WR Jalen Robinette, AFA, WR Jake Simonich, USU, T Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Jake Roh, BSU, TE Kendall Keys, UNLV, WR
28 Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Timothy McVey, AFA, RB Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Nik D'Avanzo, UNM, DE Austin Corbett, NEV, OL Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB
29 Roland Ladipo, CB, AFA Devante Mays, USU, RB Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR Devin Centers, USU, FS Devin Centers, USU, FS Ricky Ali'ifua, USU, DT Nik D'Avanzo, UNM, DE Jalen Robinette, AFA, WR Devante Mays, USU, RB
30 Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Roland Ladipo, AFA, CB Austin Corbett, NEV, OL Salesa Faraimo, DT, NEV Chase Roullier, WYO, OL
31 Jake Roh, BSU, TE Jake Roh, BSU, TE Will Kreitler, C, UNLV Tyler Winston, SJSU, WR Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB
32 Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR Jake Simonich, USU, T Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR
Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR Jake Simonich, USU, T
33 Nik D'Avanzo, UNM, DE Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Kevin Davis Jr., CSU, LB Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB Izzy Matthews, CSU, RB Gabe Perez, DE, Boise State Jermaine Kelly, SJSU, LB Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT
34 Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Tyler Winston, SJSU, WR Jalen Davis, USU, DB

Jerico Richardson, NEV, WR

Devante Mays, USU, RB Gabe Perez, DE, Boise State Tyler Winston, SJSU, WR
35 Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Reno Henderson, UNM, OL Nik D'Avanzo, UNM, DE Jalen Robinette, AFA, WR Jalen Davis, USU, DB Nik D'Avanzo, UNM, DE Dalyn Dawkins, CSU, RB
36 Jalen Robinette, AFA, WR Nik D'Avanszo, UNM, DE Tyler Winston, SJSU, WR Jarred Gipson, Nev, TE Dalyn Dawkins, CSU, RB Ricky Ali'ifua, USU, DT Nik D'Avanzo, UNM, DE
37  Jake Simonich, USU, T Jerico Richardson, NEV, WR Teriyon Gipson, UNM, RB Ricky Ali'ifua, USU, DT Izzy Matthews, RB, CSU Jamire Jordan, WR,FSU Jalen Davis, USU, DB Jake Simonich, USU, T Jerico Richardson, NEV, WR
38 Ricky Ali'ifua, USU, DT Mike Hughes, UNLV, LB Gabe Perez, BSU, DL Jermaine Kelly, SJSU, LB Devante Mays, USU, RB NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Mike Hughes, UNLV, LB
39 Tyler Winston, SJSU, WR* (Ineligible) Ricky Ali'ifua, USU, DT Jermaine Kelly, SJSU, DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner, BSU, S Asauni Rufus, Nev, SS Devante Mays, USU, RB Dalyn Dawkins, CSU, RB Devante Mays, USU, RB Ricky Ali'ifua, USU, DT
39 Devante Mays, USU, RB Jamire Jordan, FSU, WR Jamire Jordan, WR, FSU Jarred Gipson, Nev, TE Izzy Matthews, RB CSU Austin Corbett, NEV, OL
39 Teriyon Gipson, UNM, RB Dalyn Dawkins, CSU, RB Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Tyler Rausa, K, Boise St Arthur Flores, SDSU, OL Travis Averill, Boise St, OG Ben Weaver, BSU, LB Reno Henderson, UNM, OL
42 Ben Weaver, BSU, LB Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR Tyler Winston, SJSU, WR Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Tyler Winston, SJSU, WR Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR
43 Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR Johnny Stanton, UNLV, QB Jarred Gipson, NEV, TE Jake Simonich, USU, T Malik Smith, SDSU, FS Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR Dylan Sumner-Gardner, BSU, DB
44 Jalen Davis, USU, DB Malik Smith, SDSU, FS Asauni Rufus, NEV, DB Ben Weaver, BSU, LB Dylan Sumner-Gardner, BSU, S Travis Averill, G, Boise St Christian Chapman, SDSU, QB Jerico Richardson, NEV, WR Malik Smith, SDSU, FS
45 Jerico Richardson, NEV, WR DJ Dunn, AFA, LB Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Teriyon Gipson, UNM, RB NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Mike Hughes, DT, UNLV Josh Lovingood, CSU, DT Kevin Davis Jr., CSU, LB
46 Dalyn Dawkins, CSU, RB Dylan Sumner-Gardner, BSU, DB
Ben Weaver, BSU, LB Kevin Davis Jr., CSU, LB
47 Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR DJ Dunn, LB, AFA Gabe Perez, BSU, DE Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR DJ Dunn, LB, AFA Jerico Richardson, NEV, WR Malik Smith, SDSU, DB Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR
48  Kevin Davis Jr., CSU, LB Marcus Kemp, UH, WR Jake Roh, BSU, TE Kwayde Miller, T, SDSU Malik Smith, SDSU, FS Dalyn Dawkins, CSU, RB
49 Malik Smith, DB, SDSU Jalen Davis, USU, DB Austin Corbett, NEV, OL Jesse Washington, AFA, DB Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Marcus Kemp, UH, WR Josh Lovingood, CSU, DT
50 DJ May, WYO, LB Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Jake Simonich, USU, T Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR Michael Carrizosa, P, SJSU NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Dalyn Dawkins, CSU, RB Teriyon Gipson, UNM, RB Chase Roullier, WYO, OL