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MWCConnection 2020 Postseason Best Position Units

The week continues with our team talking best positions in the MWC.

Continuing with the theme of the week, the Peak Perspective Column will detail which teams have the best position units in the Mountain West. Voted on by our team, the results can be seen below.

In case you missed the first two days, you can see the All-MWC team and Awards from Monday and Tuesday, respectively. If you want to look at the preseason votes, here you go.

Quarterback

San Jose State

If both teams only employed one quarterback, Nevada’s Carson strong likely would have edged out SJSU’s Nick Starkel. However, factoring in Starkel and Nick Nash, who made an impact with his legs, and the Spartans get the edge.

Running Back

Wyoming

Similarly, this battle was tight with Xazavian Valladay and Ronnie Rivers. But looking at the back ups, and Trey Smith pushes the Cowboys to the top when compared to Jordan Mims.

Wide Receiver

Nevada

Tight End

Colorado State

Two words: Trey McBride. He’s the best tight end in the Mountain West and it isn’t even close. He arguably carried the Ram’s offense this year which is difficult for a TE to do. He has a bright NFL future.

Offensive Line

Air Force

When healthy, there were a purely dominant unit. The tandem of Parker Ferguson and Nolan Laufenberg was more than enough to lead the Falcon rushing attack. It will be interesting to see if they get looks at the next level, but they the two best offensive lineman in the conference this year and were two of the best in the country.

Defensive Line

San Diego State

Cameron Thomas is the big name here after bursting on the scene last season. However, Jonah Tavai and Keshawn Banks also played a key role in stabilizing this unit. San Diego State has a strong defense and although the secondary led the way, this unit wasn’t far behind.

Linebacker

Boise State

They may not have been flashy but they got the job done. Whimpey had a remarkable season, and was among the top leaders in tackles for the conference. His counterpart, Ezekiel Noa was solid as well. There are better individuals LBs this season but as a unit, they stood out.

Defensive Back

San Diego State

Darren Hall, Tariq Thompson, Dwayne Johnson Jr. This unit was top-notch and has been for two years running now.

Special Teams

Boise State

Avery Williams was not only the best special teams player in the conference, but perhaps the nation. Most people are aware of the kick and punt returns. However, just as impressive were the handful of blocked punts he added to his exploits. The only surprise was why teams continued to kick to him?

Team Totals:

  • Boise State: 2
  • San Diego State: 2
  • Air Force: 1
  • Colorado State: 1
  • Nevada: 1
  • Wyoming: 1
  • San Jose State: 1

Notes:

  • The unanimous votes were Tight End, O-line, D-line, linebacker, the secondary, and special teams.
  • That means the closest positions battles were quarterback, running back, and wide receiver.

Coming tomorrow: The 2020 All Coach Team.