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Mountaintop View 9-21-18

Adewale Adroye, San Diego’s Golden Kicker, and More

Utah WR Darwin Thompson celebrates a touchdown!
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The weekend is fast approaching, which means we are a day closer to college football action! But in the meantime, here’s some links to some interesting stories from around the Mountain West Conference!

Adeoye survived car accident, has made impact at USU

Jason Turner of HJNews writes an amazing story of Adewale Adeoye and chronicles his journey from hospital bed, to the football field. Adeoye and three of his teammates were involved in a car accident about a year and a half ago when they almost collided head on with a semi truck. Adeoye and his teammate each spent a few days in the hospital, with the Utah State LB suffering a fractured pelvis. But this would not hold him back for long, and before you knew it, he was back in the weight room preparing for the upcoming season. In the words of his coach Matt Wells, “He epitomizes, to me, Utah State football.”

It’s good that San Diego State’s John Baron II is a good kicker

One of the first things San Diego State K Josh Baron II heard about his coach Rocky Long was his dislike for kickers. Probably not the ideal situation you would want to walk into. The important part left out of the sentence was Long’s dislike of “bad” kickers. So far, this hasn’t been a problem for Baron or his coach. Josh has been ole’ reliable for the Aztec Warriors. So far this season, he is 5 for 5 on field goals, including a season long 53 yard FG in a win against ASU and 5 for 5 on extra points. He career total at SDSU is 38 makes on 43 attempts. But most importantly, he’s won the trust of his coach. It’s a good thing he’s so good at his job.

Nevada football’s Toa Taua carrying on family name – only with new number

It’s never easy being the younger sibling, it might be even harder when you’re the younger sibling of the Wolf Pack’s second leading rusher in school history. But that is exactly where Nevada freshmen running back Toa Tuau finds himself. Wearing #35, a number below his older brother Vai’s #34, Tuau is trying to find his own footing at Nevada. The freshmen has wasted no time making a name for himself though, leading the team in rushing with 161 yards in a crowded backfield. Carrying the pride of his family on his back, Toa is forging his own path with the Wolf Pack.

Air Force employs fast and furious approach in practice to simulate Utah State’s style

Utah State has set the pace for all other teams to catch up to. This task now falls to Air Force who is doing everything in their power to prepare their player for the fast moving Aggies offense. The Utah no-huddle offense leaves a lot of defenses gassed, so to combated this, Air Force is practicing for the fast moving action. Having their players rush up to the line continuously to simulate the pace employed by the Aggies. Since losing to Michigan State on opening weekend, Utah went on to blow out their next two opponents, racking up a total of 133 points in just two games! Does Air Force have what it takes to slow down the Aggies?

On The Horizon

Friday: Also check out more previews, including Air Force vs. Utah State preview (The Aggie perspective), and our MWC Week Four Games & Game of the Week Prediction

Saturday: Games! Plus our This Week in the MWC and Game Threads.