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Mountain West top 50: No. 16 is Nevada DB Dameon Baber

The sophomore to be Dameon Baber could be the next great Mountain West defensive back once his time is up in the conference.

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The 2016 version of the Mountain West Connection top 50 football players countdown is here and the 16th player is another young defensive back in sophomore Dameon Baber.

He played in only 10 of 13 games but was still good enough to earn second-team all-Mountain West last year and was second in the conference with six interceptions.

He was listed on multiple preseason all-conference lists, including the one by the Mountain West media.

Here are the staff picks and composite rankings.

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8 Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada
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10 Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada
11 Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Fred Zerblis, CSU, G
12 Teriyon Gipson, UNM, RB Andrew Wingard, WYO, DB Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB Hasaan Henderson, NEV, WR Teriyon Gipson, UNM, RB
13 Joe Martarano, BSU, LB Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Austin Stephens, USU, OL Ben Weaver, BSU, LB
Joe Martarano, BSU, LB
14 Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada Kent Myers, USU, QB Paul Harris, Hawaii, RB Andrew Wingard, WYO, DB Tanner Gentry, WYO, WR Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada
15 Tau Lotulelei, UNLV, LB Tanner Vallejo, BSU, LB Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB Austin Stephens, USU, OL Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Tau Lotulelei, UNLV, LB
16 Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Nik D'Avanso, UNM, DE Fred Zerblis, CSU, G Fred Zerblis, CSU, G Austin Stephens, USU, OL
17 Andrew Wingard, WYO, DB Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB DJ Dunn, Jr, AFA, LB Andrew Wingard, WYO, DB Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR
18 Kent Myers, USU, QB Rashaad Penny, SDSU, RB/KR/PR Kent Myers, USU, QB Fred Zerblis, CSU, G
19 Austin Stephens, USU, OL Kenny Potter, SJSU, QB Travis Seefeldt, USU, DT Jalen Robinette, AFA, WR Austin Stephens, USU, OL NIck Stevens, CSU, QB
20 Joe Martarano, BSU, LB Roland Ladipo, CB, AFA Jake Roh, BSU, TE Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Nik D'Avanso, UNM, DE Nico Siragusa, SDSU, OL Tau Lotulelei, UNLV, LB Joe Martarano, BSU, LB Roland Ladipo, CB, AFA
21 Tau Lotulelei, UNLV, LB Austin Stephens, USU, OL Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB NIck Stevens, CSU, QB Tanner Vallejo, BSU, LB
Kent Myers, USU, QB Tau Lotulelei, UNLV, LB Austin Stephens, USU, OL
22 Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB Jake Roh, BSU, TE Maurice McKnight, SJSU, DB Joe Martarano, BSU, LB 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 Tau Lotulelei, UNLV, LB Jake Roh, BSU, TE Austin Stephens, USU, OL Kent Myers, USU, QB 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 Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada 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 Andrew Wingard, WYO, DB 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 Andrew Wingard, WYO, DB
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 Kent Myers, USU, QB 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 Kent Myers, USU, QB Joe Martarano, BSU, LB Roland Ladipo, AFA, CB Austin Corbett, NEV, OL Jacobi Owens, AFA, RB Salesa Faraimo, DT, NEV Chase Roullier, WYO, OL Kent Myers, USU, QB
31 Jake Roh, BSU, TE Fred Zerblis, CSU, G Tau Lotulelei, UNLV, LB Jake Roh, BSU, TE Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada 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
Kent Myers, USU, QB 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 Tau Lotulelei, UNLV, LB 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 Dameon Baber, DB, Nevada 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 Austin Stephens, USU, OL 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