Continuing with the theme of the week, the Peak Perspective Column will detail which teams have the best position units in the Mountain West. Voted on by our team, the results can be seen below.
San Jose State
Productive, poised and accurate, starting QB Josh Love made the Spartans offense run this year, passing for just under 4000 yards. Throw in backup Nick Nash as a change of pace with 488 total yards and 5 TDs as a dual-threat, and the QB room was productive on the field this season for San Jose State.
The Falcon running attack picked apart opposing defenses to the tune of ten wins. The running trio of Taven Birdow, Kaleb Remsberg, and Timothy Jackson racked up huge yards and found the end zone a combined 19 times!
Perhaps one of the deepest positions in all of the MWC, the Bronco receiver unit lived up to the hype in 2019. John Hightower, Khalil Shakir, and CT Thomas formed an exceptional trio, combining for 2100 yards and 17 TDs. It was pick your poison for opponents as someone was always going to beat them.
In a bit of a surprise, the Broncos ended up with a solid tight end group as well. John Bates was a reliable target for most of the season, collecting 19 catches and 226 yards, and Garrett Collingham complimented him by being the big-play target, with 4 of his 12 plays went for TDs.
San Diego State
Another season, another year the Aztec line dominates the line of scrimmage and become the unsung heroes in making their offense work. They looked solid in both pass protection and run blocking and seem to reload every year.
It helps to have Curtis Weaver on the team, but the rest of the DL was no slouch either. DE Chase Hatada had 9 TFLs and 4 sacks, and David Moa and Sonatane Lui clogged up the middle on a regular basis.
The starting trio of Logan Wilson, Keyon Blankenbaker, and Cassh Maluia totaled 210 tackles, with 14.5 coming for a loss. All that to go along with 6 combined interceptions. An impressive group, to say the least.
San Diego State
Headlined by Luq Barcoo and Tariq Thompson, who combined for 11 picks. Throw in tackle machine Dwayne Johnson Jr (86 tackles), and the secondary was a big reason the Aztec defense was top-notch this season.
Everyone knows Savon Scarver is a threat every time opponents are foolish enough to kick to him, and he backed that up with two kick returns this year and averaged 29.3 yards per return. Add in Dominik Eberle, who was perfect on PATs (40 for 40) and made 86% over his FGs, and the Aggie special teams were strong.
- Boise State: 3
- San Diego State: 2
- Utah State: 1
- Wyoming: 1
- San Jose State: 1
- Air Force: 1
- DB and Special Teams were unanimous votes. WR was one vote away from unanimous.
- The positions with the closest votes were defensive line and quarterback.
Coming tomorrow: The 2019 All Coach Team.