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Mountaintop View 3-26-19

Spring football and basketball transfers

NCAA Basketball: Colorado State at Air Force Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of Mountaintop View. Unfortunately we have reached the end of MW basketball season so offseason news is in full swing. This week features a lot Spring football and basketball transfer articles. Take a look!

For the first time in 4 years Wyoming will be without star safeties Andrew Wingard and Marcus Epps

While Wyoming will be looking replace many key defensive players, perhaps the hardest to fill will be at the safety position. 3 time first team all Mountain West player Andrew Wingard and Marcus Epps have graduated, the two have been the anchor for the Cowboys for the past 4 years. Combined they racked up 779 tackles and 19 interceptions. whether Wyoming opts to change the defensive scheme or not remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, they are going to have a tough time replacing two of the best to ever put on a Cowboy jersey.

Rams lose key players to transfer

Colorado State will be without guard Anthony Masinton-Bonner and forward Deion James going forward as both players announced via Twitter that they will be transferring from the program. Masinton-Bonner has played a key role for the Rams over his time with the team. Prior to an achilles injury this season he was averaging 13.8 PPG as a starter. James, a JC transfer, will leave the program after averaging 10.4 PPG and 5.3 RPG this season while playing in all but one game. Colorado State will have work to do this offseason, especially with two important players transferring.

Boise State Working to revamp special teams

One of Boise State’s biggest weaknesses this past season was their special teams play. The team is doing whatever it takes to make sure the mistakes are corrected. New coordinators will be overseeing the kicking and return games. Coach Harsin says they have focused more time on fixing the special teams play as new hire Jeff Schmedding and former RB coach Lee Marks will take over as special teams coordinators. Coach Harsin hopes to get a better grasp of the special teams structure as they get deeper into Spring practice. Small plays on special teams could end up winning or losing a game and Boise State hopes to correct their mistakes before next season.

Nevada promotes Vai Taua to running backs coach

Three time all-conference RB, Vai Taua will be taking over as the Wolf Pack running backs coach. Taua will replace David White who recently took a job with a Mississippi High School. The most interesting part of this move is that Vai will be coaching his younger brother Toa who led the team in rushing this past season. Before joining back with Nevada Taua coached for two years with UCLA.

First perfect bracket?

Not specifically related to the conference but this one is interesting. For the first time ever someone has a perfect bracket heading into the second weekend of the NCAA tournament. Could we see the first ever perfect bracket?

On the horizon:

  • Later Today: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Hawaii @ Colorado State
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Evaluating MWC Coaches
  • Coming Thursday: Blast From the Bronco Past: Jason Robinson