Twelve Mountain West Football Players Who Deserve More Recognition
These Mountain West football players have flown under the radar as we near midseason, and they shouldn’t.
Who deserves more love from each team?
Every team has its stars, just as every team has its more unheralded contributors. As we approach the midway point of the 2018 season, I thought it might be worthwhile to put the spotlight on a handful of Mountain West athletes who deserve more recognition than they’re probably getting at the moment.
If you have any disagreements, feel free to share them with us on Twitter but, for now, here are my picks for guys who should have a moment in the limelight.
The Falcons don’t throw the football all that often, so it’s pretty easy to forget about their wide receivers. And because Jalen Robinette is the recent gold standard for production at the Academy, it’s tempting to think of everyone else as leaving something to be desired. Marcus Bennett, however, has quietly been one of the more reliable pass-catchers in the Mountain West this season.
He has just 12 catches in five games, but he has also averaged 19.8 yards per catch, owns a 66.7% catch rate, and has been especially good in high-leverage situations, moving the chains on each of his four third- or fourth-down catches.
The Broncos have many stars along their defensive front line, but it’s defensive end Durrant Miles who currently leads the team in sacks, doubling his 2017 output in just five games. For a guy who’s had quite an adventurous path to this moment, it’s well deserved.
The Rams offense has had its ups and downs in the early going, but center Colby Meeks is one of three Mountain West offensive linemen to make the cut in multiple weeks, by Pro Football Focus, as one of the highest-graded contributors in the conference.