Once again fans of Mountain West college football teams find themselves with no college football. Once again we turn to the NFL to get our fix of Mountain West football players. Last week was filled with former Mountain West stars filling up the box scores, but week two wasn’t a stellar week for the legends of the Mountain West. Still, we trudge on and identify the best five performances from our gridiron heroes who took their talents from the Mountain West Conference to the big leagues.
Each week of the NFL season we will highlight the top five performances from former Mountain West titans. It’s important to note that the list is highly subjective and will have a bias towards players that rack up counting stats (yards, tackles, sacks, completions, etc.). In addition to the top five, we’ll throw in some notable performances from former MWC players. If we miss something, let us know in the comments and we’ll feature it in an “oops” section the following week.
Top Five Mountain West Conference Performances
Andrew Wingard, Safety,Jacksonville Jaguars ~ 9 Tackles
Wyoming legend Andrew Wingard debuts on the list at number five after being featured in the notable plays section in week one. The former Cowboy recorded nine tackles in a tough loss to the Titans on Sunday. Jaguars fans on Twitter seemed to have mixed reactions about the young NFL Safety, but Wingard has showed up on this article each of the first two weeks of the season.
Kyler Fackrell, Linebacker, New York Giants ~ 4 Tackles - 2 Tackles for Loss ~ 1 Sack
Former Utah State great Kyler Fackrell showed up big for the Giants despite his team losing to the Bears on Sunday. Fackrell is the beneficiary of a down week for stats in the NFL from Mountain West players, but getting a sack and two TFLs isn’t a bad way to spend a Fall Sunday.
Primeiro sack do Kyler Fackrell nos Giants. pic.twitter.com/8JffCbOySt— Giants Brasil (@giantsbrasil) September 20, 2020
Bobby Wagner, Linebacker, Seattle Seahawks ~ 8 Tackles
Utah State goes back-to-back on the list with Utah State standout Bobby Wagner racking up eight tackles in an instant classic against Cam Newton and the Patriots on Sunday night. Eight tackles wouldn’t normally earn a number three spot on the list, but Wagner’s impact on the game went well beyond his individual stats.
According to Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle, Wagner’s teammates credit the linebacker with diagnosing the game clinching goal line stand and putting everyone in position to stop the play. Additionally, as Geoff Schwartz explains, Wagner was the main reason that Cam Newton wasn’t celebrating in the end zone and leaving Seattle with the win:
Watching the final play of the Patriots-Seahawks game. The guy on the Seahawks who makes the play is Bobby Wagner. He’s the one who will be getting the high fives from the coaches. Turn up the volume ! pic.twitter.com/7ddKYwUsJP— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 21, 2020
Derek Carr, Quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders ~ 28/38 - 282 Yards - 3 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions
Fresno State phenom Derek Carr moves up from number three last week to grab the number two spot in week two. Carr carried the Raiders to their second win of the season keeping the Las Vegas Raiders undefeated in their short history. The former Bulldog great was efficient with underneath passes to his play-makers, but had some impressive throws down the field to knock off the favored New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Apparently only gambling Twitter took notice.
Sports Betting Dime with the video:
The Raiders upset the Saints, with Derek Carr throwing for 282 YDS and 3 TDs! Waller finishes with 12/103 & a TD.— SportsBettingDime (@SBD) September 22, 2020
Bet Online joins the fray:
Derek Carr to Zay Jones for the 2nd #RaiderNation TD of the night— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) September 22, 2020
Saints 17, Raiders 14 #NOvsLV
Josh Allen, Quarterback, Buffalo Bills ~ 24/35 - 417 Yards - 4 Passing Touchdowns - 0 Interceptions
Former Wyoming Cowboy gunslinger Josh Allen is the top Mountain West player in the NFL for week two. Allen was on fire in a win against the Dolphins on Sunday. He compiled 417 yards through the air and threw four touchdowns against zero interceptions. Irrational NFL fans like to nitpick Josh Allen’s performances, but what he showcased on Sunday was nearly flawless.
As prestigious as the honor of being named “Best Mountain West Player in the NFL (Week Two)” is, Allen is probably equally proud of being named the AFC Player of the week by the actual NFL:
417 passing yards. 4 touchdowns. 147.0 passer rating.@JoshAllenQB has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week: https://t.co/IXRAVq8YEx pic.twitter.com/ThINc8T74x— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 23, 2020
The awards were well deserved after dropping dimes all over the field on Sunday:
Josh Allen with a nice checkdown— PFF (@PFF) September 20, 2020
Here’s a cutup of Allen’s day:
Have an absolute DAY Josh Allen pic.twitter.com/QHC8bUWifZ— Stathi Papadopoulos (@WistfulPapadoc) September 20, 2020
...And of course, it wouldn’t be Josh Allen without at least one video you could put the Yakety Sax music over!
Josh Allen is one of the most entertaining players to watch in the NFL ⚡️⚡️⚡️— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 20, 2020
( : @houtz) pic.twitter.com/3Oh49hauu6
Notable Plays From Week Two:
The official week two list is complete. Wyoming and Utah State finish with two players each and are joined by a Fresno State Bulldog. As noted above, it wasn’t exactly a banner week for many of our Mountain West favorites, but here are three notable plays from week two:
Week one winner Davante Adams out of Fresno State is dealing with a hamstring issue, but his route running is still amazing:
Davante Adams, top two route runner and he ain’t two.. pic.twitter.com/83RnMa2tHv— Chancellor Johnson (@ChancellorTV) September 20, 2020
...And another one:
welcome to the NFL, jeffrey okudah.— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) September 20, 2020
davante adams is unrealpic.twitter.com/wJJ0PGiZRN
Returning to the Notable Plays section is Colorado State receiver Michael Gallup. Gallup gave us the very important reminder that one butt cheek does, in fact, equal two feet:
An improbable completion helped fuel the Cowboys’ improbable comeback. This 38-yard connection from Dak Prescott to Michael Gallup was the NFL’s third-unlikeliest completion in Week 2, per Next Gen Stats. A 17.7% chance of completion. Good protection. Ezekiel Elliott with chip. pic.twitter.com/Dx3IrVDJhm— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 22, 2020
With week two in the books, and the MWC stars highlighted, it is on to week three (remember to leave a comment if we missed a big play or moment). Watch out for these former MWC luminaries tonight when the Dolphins face off against the Jaguars to kickoff week two:
Colorado State WR Preston Williams
San Diego State LB Calvin Munson
New Mexico Kicker Jason Sanders
Wyoming S Andrew Wingard
San Diego State CB Luq Barcoo