2020 Mountain West Football Top 50 Players: #46, Nevada K Brandon Talton
The Wolf Pack kicker makes history as the first ever to crack our annual list of Mountain West football’s best players.
After a memorable 2019, the spot is definitely earned.
If you count the time that some of our staff spent at our old digital digs, we here at Mountain West Wire have done this annual top 50 countdown every year since 2013. In this eighth iteration of the list, a kicker has finally vaulted into the ranks.
You can’t say Brandon Talton didn’t earn it, either. After seizing the national spotlight and earning a scholarship with a walk-off 56-yard field goal against Purdue in Week 1 of the 2019 season, the true freshman was arguably the most reliable specialist in the Mountain West, connecting on his first 13 field goal tries and finishing the year 21-of-25 overall. In particular, Talton made 5-of-7 on attempts of 40 or more yards, including another walk-off success against San Jose State.
In a conference suddenly flush with talented young kickers, it’ll be a tall task for Talton to stay ahead of the pack going into his sophomore campaign. Precedent suggests, though, it’d be tough to bet against him doing just that.