Better late than never right?
Since the Mountain West has been putting up serious numbers in all three phases of the game, I decided to do three players each from here on out to highlight some terrific performances.
Week 2 was more of the same with high scoring games and tight defensive matchups.
Let’s see if I got it right this time.
Cole McDonald: QB Hawaii. 30/52 421 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception. 12 carries for 19 rushing yards.
McDonald bounced-back from a couple rough weeks with a terrific game under center in Hawaii’s 31-28 victory over the Oregon State Beavers.
The redshirt junior flashed his cannon of an arm and sprinkled in some mobility outside the pocket on occasion.
Charles Williams: RB, UNLV. 19 carries for 168 rushing yards, 1 touchdown. One reception for 3 yards.
Williams was one of the lone offensive bright spots in the Rebels’ 43-17 loss to Arkansas State. The sophomore tailback wrecked havoc between the tackles and had the speed to cut it outside and pick up yardage in the open field.
JoJo Ward: WR, Hawaii. 10 receptions for 189 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns.
Hawaii receiver JoJo Ward was McDonald’s go-to man, and it showed. Ward dominated the contest with blazing speed and precise route running that put Oregon State in the dust. The senior wideout hauled in three touchdowns in the first half alone and was a menace in the open field all night.
Honorable Mentions: SDSU WR Kobe Smith, Colorado State QB Collin Hill, Utah State QB Jordan Love, Utah State RB Jaylen Warren
Shout out to Kobe Smith for a career day!
First career touchdown for Kobe Smith!— SDSU Football (@SDSUFootball) September 7, 2019
Agnew's first TD pass of the year. pic.twitter.com/uRYoNe3GzU
Tyler Hall: CB, Wyoming. 2 tackles, 1 interception, 1 touchdown.
Hall’s pick-six gave the Wyoming Cowboys the lead over Texas State and they never looked back, winning the game 23-14. The senior cornerback was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll as a result.
Ellison Hubbard: DL, Colorado State. 5 total tackles, 3.5 sacks.
Junior defensive lineman Ellison Hubbard lived in the Western Illinois backfield all game, and it showed. He used brute strength to shed blocks and lay down a solid defensive game plan for Colorado State.
Ellison earned some recognition from Pro Football Focus, as well.
Kyahva Tezino: LB, SDSU. 9 total tackles (2 TFL), 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup.
Kyahva Tezino simply stuffed the stat sheet for SDSU on the defensive side of the ball. The senior linebacker darted all over the field. Whether it was getting stops in the backfield, or wrapping up a tackle on a receiver lined outside. UCLA couldn’t get Tezino out of its sights for most of the game.
Kyahva Tezino is a beast and the Aztecs are giving UCLA all they can handle at the Rose Bowl.— Jon Schaeffer (@jonschaeffer) September 7, 2019
17-7 SDSU with 12:50 to play in the 3rd quarter. pic.twitter.com/QgSnFQctRV
Honorable Mentions: Kevin Atkins, Fresno State DT. Jonathan Lenard Jr., San Jose State safety.
Quinton Conaway : Punter, Nevada. 8 punts for 342 yards (42.8 yd. punt average).
Nevada’s 77-6 blowout loss to Oregon didn’t stop Quinton Conaway from putting on a show with his leg. The senior punter was called upon eight times and didn’t disappoint. He’s putting together quite the season.
Hayes Hicken: Punter, UNLV. 7 punts for 315 yards (45.0 yd. punt average)
This is the week of the punter. Hayes Hicken followed Conaway with another strong performance. The senior punter had his number called multiple times and showcased some strength and pinpoint accuracy in the meantime.
Melquise Stovall: WR, Hawaii. 2 punt returns, 93 return yards.
Stovall was absolutely electric in the return game for the Rainbow Warriors. He helped get Hawaii decent field position each time he touched the ball with blazing speed down the sidelines.
Honorable Mention: San Jose State CB Zamore Zigler.
Think I got any picks wrong? Let us know in the comment section below. There will be plenty of controversy as the season goes along.