As there’s been no shortage of news from the Mountain West media summit from Las Vegas this week and looking down the barrel a bit more - you still have belief, hopes and dreams, but is it enough?
Even with his second ACL tear, Rams QB Collin Hill is hungry. He’s suppose to be. His coaches and teammates are saying the same thing that he shouldn’t rush it, but secretly, it seems clear the Rams community is banking on a quick return, so they can break past that 7 win plateau they’ve experienced the last three seasons.
Two-time, first-team, all-conference defensive player Andrew Wingard should be saying Wyoming has the best defense - bar none. Wingard, who plays safety for the Cowboys was also selected as the pre-season defensive player of the year for the second year in a row. His defense returns 90% of their starters, forced the most fumbles and held opponents to the least points in the conference. So basically, Wingard shouldn’t be anything less than 100% confident!
Towards the bottom of the conferences are teams like Air Force, who have to have a chip on their shoulder...and who would expect anything less? The Falcons are between a rock and a hard place. They have the normal pre-season hopes and beliefs and it sounds like they’re ready to break their norms, take some risks and let it fly.
Head coach Brian Dutcher and his Aztecs meet Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils on the hardcourt at the Maui Invitational right before Thanksgiving this year. It will be their fourth meeting and hopefully, the Aztecs can even the series.
And...the Spartans of San Jose State
Regardless of naysayers and predictions, head coach Brent Brennan is a true believer. From the bottom up and from all around the Spartan orbit over the last year and a half since he arrived, he’s instilled a real culture of support and belief.
From way before Brennan’s time is former Spartan cornerback and now TED Talk speaker and PhD, Dr. Shaun Fletcher.
Candid coach Brennan