Happy Tuesday everyone. Lots of articles to keep you updated on. This week we have some articles on Boise State’s stellar recruiting class, New Mexico’s woes on the court, and a look at a former MW players first year in the NFL. Take a look.
This weeks AP poll has the same teams 1-6. Tennessee stays at number one despite a scare from Vanderbilt. Nevada, who routed Colorado St. by 40, actually drops a spot in this weeks poll and switches spots with Kentucky. No other Mountain West team has crept in to grab any votes yet.
Boise State has put together a top 50 recruiting class and they continue to add to it. The Broncos have received oral recruits from 3 more HS seniors in the past 10 days. The big get was WR DK Blaylock. Boise State also got commitments from linebacker Lolani Langi and Kicker Gavin Wale. All three will officially sign next week on national signing day.
New Mexico’s defense has struggled and now, a team expected to have good outside shooting, is struggling to score. UNM now ranks 180th in D1 in offensive efficiency. The Lobos have failed to shoot better than 40% from the field in the past two games and have failed to shoot 40% in 6 games in total. In just the MW the Lobos rank 8th in offensive efficiency. Key New Mexico players are very inconsistent and the Lobos can’t seem to get on the same page. New Mexico is going to have to figure it out if they want to make any sort of a push in conference play.
Former Bronco linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has had a tremendous rookie season for the Dallas Cowboys. A week before the Pro Bowl he got a call from Jerry Jones saying he had been invited to be a part of it. Vander Esch was invited to replace Luke Kuechly due to an injury. Vander Esch got to spend some time with one of his favorite players, Bobby Wagner. Vander Esch explained that he has followed Wagner through his whole career and said “it’s crazy” in response to being able to spend time with another great linebacker at the pro bowl. This article is a great read as the Pro Bowl linebacker gives us his perspective on his first season in the NFL.
Jalen McDaniels wins player of the week again
For the second straight week, @Aztec_MBB's @jalenmcdaniels5 is the #MWMBB Player of the Week!— Mountain West (@MountainWest) January 28, 2019
* Career-high 30 points vs. UNLV
* Averaged 11.5 rebounds/game
* Sixth player in last 23 years to have 30 pts, 13 rebs, 5 steals and 4 assists in a game pic.twitter.com/ufZWAsEVcF
On the horizon:
- Later Today: 2019 Senior Bowl: Stock Report
- Later Today: another installment of The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Mountain West Receivers
- Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: A Look at the Aggies New Coaching Staff
- Coming Wednesday: Mountain West Connection Bracketology: Week Four
- Coming Thursday: Boise State Spring Preview: Wide Receivers