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Mountain West top 50: 22nd player is Air Force RB Jacobi Owens

The lead back for Air Force will always rank high and this year, and in the past few years, it has been Jacobi Owens.

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The 2016 version of the Mountain West Connection top 50 football players countdown is here and the 22nd best player in our countdown is Air Force running back Jacobi Owens.

Yes, at Air Force you can typically plug a running back into its system and they do well, but Owens is not just a plug in running back. He rushed for over 1,000 yards the previous two years and is on pace to do so again this year. He was honorable mention in the conference last year but that is no shame as this league is very deep at running back, and that could happen again this year with that depth still around.

Here are the staff picks and composite rankings.

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11 Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Fred Zerblis, CSU, G
12 Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB 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 Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR
15 Tanner Vallejo, BSU, LB Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB Fred Zerblis, CSU, G Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL
16 NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Nik D'Avanso, UNM, DE Fred Zerblis, CSU, G
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 Fred Zerblis, CSU, G
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 Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Tanner Vallejo, BSU, LB
22 Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB Jake Roh, BSU, TE Maurice McKnight, SJSU, DB Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB Jake Roh, BSU, TE
23 Fred Zerblis, CSU, G Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB Tanner Vallejo, BSU, LB Jake Roh, BSU, TE Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB
24 Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB Malik Smith, SDSU, DB Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Roland Ladipo, AFA, CB NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Roland Ladipo, CB, AFA
25 Tanner Vallejo, BSU, LB Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Andre Chachere, SJSU, CB Austin Corbett, NEV, OL Ricky Ali'ifua, USU, DT Tanner Vallejo, BSU, LB Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB
26 NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Jalen Robinette, AFA, WR Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB 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 Fred Zerblis, CSU, G Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Jake Roh, BSU, TE Kendall Keys, UNLV, WR
28 Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Fred Zerblis, CSU, G Timothy McVey, AFA, RB Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Nik D'Avanzo, UNM, DE Austin Corbett, NEV, OL Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB 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 Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB Salesa Faraimo, DT, NEV Chase Roullier, WYO, OL
31 Jake Roh, BSU, TE Fred Zerblis, CSU, G Jake Roh, BSU, TE Will Kreitler, C, UNLV Tyler Winston, SJSU, WR Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR Jonathan Moxey, BSU, CB Fred Zerblis, CSU, G
32 Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR Jake Simonich, USU, T Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB
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 Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB 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 Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB 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 Tanner Vallejo, BSU, LB 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 Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB 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 Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB 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 D.J. May, WYO, 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