Mountain West Football Media Reveals 2020 Preseason Players of the Year
Warren Jackson, Justin Rice, and Savon Scarver are the media’s picks for offensive, defensive, and special teams players of the year.
The best of the best?
After revealing their prediction for Mountain West football’s division winners and its picks for the preseason all-conference team, the Mountain West media today announced its choices for the preseason players of the year.
Colorado State wide receiver Warren Jackson becomes just the second at his position to be named the conference’s preseason offensive player of the year. In ten games last fall, Jackson caught 77 passes for 1,119 yards and eight touchdowns, one of two in the conference to average over 100 receiving yards per game.
The preseason defensive player of the year selection, Fresno State linebacker Justin Rice, might be construed as something of a surprise at first glance. In his first year as a starter for the Bulldogs, however, he finished third among conference defenders with 112 total tackles and also contributed eight tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three sacks and two interceptions, emerging as one of the Mountain West’s most disruptive playmakers.
Utah State’s Savon Scarver spent the 2019 season much as he did the one before, playing like one of college football’s premier return specialists. The media’s preseason special teams player of the year pick wasn’t an All-American like he was in 2018, but he was the only player in the Mountain West to return two kicks for scores and averaged 27.86 yards per return, which was 12th-best in the nation.