Mountain West media days are behind us. Yesterday, the Mountain division teams were in the forefront. Coaches and players from Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State, and Wyoming were all available to the media. There was also some news on future bowl games and a potential change for the championship game. Here are some highlights from the day:
Perhaps the biggest news of the day. Will Chase Cord be ready? Will the Broncos go the safe route and start senior Jaylon Henderson? Or will this open the door for true freshman Hank Bachmeier?
Harsin on Chase Cord:— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) July 24, 2019
“He’s not fully cleared yet, but we still have a few more days before we start. He will through fall camp. He’s been working very hard....He’ll be cleared but we’ll work him into playing. It won’t be a full practice. We’ll work him into the practices..."
Harsin explains the expectations for Boise State and what another championship would mean to the program.
Some promotional material from the Mountain West.
From the shores of the Pacific coast and the waves of the shining sea,— Mountain West (@MountainWest) July 22, 2019
to the purple mountains and the majesty of the west,
you’ll find the Mountain West Conference,
at the peak of excellence.#AtThePeak pic.twitter.com/KQUisRJJ85
San Jose State looks to close the talent gap this season.
The return of Bailey Gaither, Tre Walker's enthusiasm, the experience of @Josh12Love and a more mature offensive line.@CoachBrennan expects @SJSUSpartanFB to be explosive this season.#SpartanUp | #AtThePeak pic.twitter.com/fTtXuPbthU— Mountain West (@MountainWest) July 24, 2019
The Aggies defensive leader discusses his new coach and the upcoming season.
What does Jordan Love think of his Heisman campaign?
Coach Brennan is changing the culture at San Jose State. Will it translate to more victories?
The future Mountain West Bowl lineup is officially official.
More information on future bowls.
Los Angeles is the new Las Vegas.
UPDATE - MW opponent in LA Bowl has been announced as Pac-12— Mountain West (@MountainWest) July 24, 2019
Is Love the next Mountain West quarterback to have a future in the NFL?
Colin Hill has been opening some eyes this summer. Will he help the Rams become a bowl team again?
Really good work with Colorado State QB @collinhill15— QB Country (@QBCountry) July 23, 2019
Couldn’t be more impressed with him on & off the field. Talented & Sharp!!!
Big year for the 6’4, 225 pound JR QB who turned a lot of heads at Manning Passing Academy!! @mpa_info pic.twitter.com/a9FuE63088
Cooper Rothe bringing the comedy to media days.
Cooper Rothe, Senior kicker for Wyoming on being one of the very few special team players to represent their school at Media Days:— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 24, 2019
"Coach brought me because I don't know much about offense or defense so I can't give anything away" pic.twitter.com/IGJbDUNLQw
Air Force athletes discuss the work that goes into being a cadet and a football player.
Air Force represented by Jeremy Fejedelem and Kade Waguespack at #MWMediaDays. Their summers - training cadets in urban combat and overseeing drone training - have been a bit different than others in attendance. pic.twitter.com/RV6bSQtidu— Brent Briggeman (@BrentBriggeman) July 24, 2019
Is a neutral site a good idea for the Mountain West championship game?
Mountain West has had early talks about possibly moving the title game to a neutral site in either Los Angeles or Las Vegas, per commissioner Craig Thompson.— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) July 24, 2019
"There's interest in exploring it, no question," Thompson said.
Could theoretically happen as early as 2020.
The Lobos look to take a step forward this coming season.
We're halfway through day 2 here at the @MountainWest Media Summit. These guys have amazing stories they've shared with media from all over the conference (with a little fun mixed in). 2nd half of day 2 coming up! #AtThePeak #GoLobos pic.twitter.com/Okk05TqeoQ— New Mexico Football (@UNMLoboFB) July 24, 2019
You can’t help but respect these guys.
"They won’t do it for glamour, they won’t do it for attention, for personal notoriety, they’re going to do it because that’s what they’re all about." @CoachTCalhoun on what it means to be a player at the @AF_Academy. #LetsFly #AtThePeak pic.twitter.com/oLgHmmNUAw— Air Force Football (@AF_Football) July 24, 2019
He might coach the Aztecs, but Coach Long still has some Lobo in his blood.
Coach Rocky Long of the @SDSUFootball Aztecs on their road game against New Mexico State: We are staying in El Paso, TX because we don't wanna be spending any money in Las Cruces! Important to note Coach Long played his college football for @UNMLoboFB #MWFB— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 23, 2019
The Rams should have an electric offense. Will their defense be able to keep up?
The Cowboys have their quarterback and a favorable schedule. Can they be the surprise team in the Mountain West?
Some injury news out of Laramie.
Some important news coming out of Boise...
JUCO tight end Austin Griffin won’t be joining Boise State due to his grades, per Bryan Harsin. “Didn’t make it.”— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) July 24, 2019
Harsin says WR John Hightower, RB Robert Mahone took care of academic business in spring and summer and are good to go for season.— Chadd Cripe (@chaddcripe) July 24, 2019
Evans has the size and speed to be a game changer in the passing game.
Harsin says he expects WR Octavius Evans to be ready for fall camp. Had ankle injury last fall, foot injury in the spring.— Chadd Cripe (@chaddcripe) July 24, 2019
Harsin says he will announce a QB, likely about 10 days before the first game— Chadd Cripe (@chaddcripe) July 24, 2019
That’s it for our coverage of Mountain West Media Days. Be sure to stay tuned, as we will be featuring team previews and camp coverage in the coming weeks.