There are many ways to measure the strength of a team or conference. During this week, we’ve tried to capture that from as many angles as possible. Today’s post is a simple list of what we view as the top ten players in the Mountain West Conference. Yes, it’s hard to compare different positions and sides of the ball but it’s also hard not to make a top 10 list of best players when doing internet blogs.
Without further ado, here are the top ten players in the Mountain West heading into 2019, voted on by the MWCConnection team.
1) DE Curtis Weaver (Boise State)
- 2018 stats: 43 tackles, 15 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
2) QB Jordan Love (Utah State)
- 2018 stats: 32 TDs, 3567 passing yards, 64%.
3) LB David Woodward (Utah State)
- 2018 stats: 134 tackles, 12 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 INTs.
4) RB Juwan Washington (San Diego State)
- 2018 stats: 999 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 5 yards per carry.
5) OL Ezra Cleveland (Boise State)
- 2018 stats: 13 starts at left tackle, anchored a line that produced a 1400+ yard rusher and a passing offensive that ranked 18th in the country.
6) LB Kyahva Tezino (San Diego State)
- 2018 stats: 126 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks.
7) DB Juju Hughes (Fresno State)
- 2018 stats: 78 tackles, 4 INTs, 8 passes defended.
8) WR Savon Scarver (Utah State)
- 2018 stats: 742 kick return yards, 2 TDs, 33.7 yards per return.
9) WR Cedric Byrd (Hawaii)
- 2018 stats: 970 yards, 9 TDs, 12.3 yards per catch.
10) TE Jared Rice (Fresno State)
- 2018 stats: 664 yards, 3 TDs, 12.1 yards per reception.
- Utah State: 3
- Boise State: 2
- Fresno State: 2
- San Diego State: 2
- Hawaii: 1
- 11 others players received votes. They were: Toa Tuau, DJ Williams, Ronnie Rivers, John Hightower, Jorge Reyna, Deandre Pierce, Jay Griffin, Tipa Galeai, Logan Wilson, Mykal Walker, and Armani Rodgers.
- The position breakdown is: 2 WR, 2 LB, 1 DE, 1 TE, 1 DB, 1 RB, 1 OL, 1 QB. That comes out to 6 on offensive, 4 on defense.
- There was no consensus at the top among the team, with three different players receiving first place votes and seven players in the top three.
- It’s little surprise that the consensus four (and arguable consensus five) top teams in the conference produce the top ten players. However, more teams (four) are represented in the “Other players receiving votes” area.
There it is. So let’s hear it. Who did we snub? Who did we put on here that shouldn’t be? Let’s hear you feedback in the comments section.
Coming tomorrow: Our Kickoff Week concludes with the debut of a new weekly Saturday feature, geared at more fun or humorous articles. It will debut with the 2019 Mountain West All-Name Team.