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Underrated prospects, worst season, Rams scrimmage, Gary Anderson, and lapping the competition.

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Welcome, welcome, to another Monday here at MWConnection. We are rolling out another week of content for you, starting with our links article today. Then, check out a bit of what is coming your way this week at the bottom of this post.

The Athletic looks at underrated NFL draft prospects.

A few MWC players get mentions here. Hawaii’s Jahlani Tavai makes the list, staying under the radar for his injuries and suspension, but is praised for his production and versatility. SDSU’s Kahale Warring may be the 3rd MWC in this draft, but is a great blocker and can do just enough as a receiver to get attention. Then, pass-rusher Malik Reed out of Nevada was one of the most productive defenders in the entire conference but for some reason has been snubbed from the combine.

Is this the worst MBB season in the MWC ever?

According to Chris Murray’s research, yes. He looked at the average KenPom ratings for the last 18 years (they didn’t exist in the first two years of the MWC) and the numbers didn’t lie. Their 165.9 average is the worst and when considering that Nevada has been a top 10 team all season, it makes it look even worse. They are also 15th in RPI, which is their worst ever as well. Though they are many factors, Murray points at New Mexico and UNLV continuing to to struggle as the biggest reasons.

The Athletic writes on Gary Andersen.

Because why not? This piece details his sudden departure from Oregon State and him being drawn to return to Utah State for another go around. He wanted it as soon at Wells accepted the Texas Tech job. Andersen is also very excited to get to coach returning QB Jordan Love.

Rams have first spring scrimmage.

Predictably, head coach Mike Bobo called it a mixed bag. He liked how players knew and executed their assignments and communicated. But he knew they were quite at the level of expectations after only three spring practices. Sounds like Emmanuel Jones is a name to remember for next season. Patrick O’Brien finally got to see live action, but sounds behind on the playbook.

Bronco T&F team wins race as they lap opponents.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: In today’s MWC Recruiting Roundup, take a look at the top sleepers of the 2019 recruiting class.
  • Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly season review series looks at the the play of the secondary from this past season.
  • Coming Tuesday: The Recruiting Breakdown starts the final week with San Jose State
  • Coming Wednesday: The Recruiting Breakdown continues with Hawaii.