Mountain West Football: Eight Players Named MWwire's 2021 Preseason Freshmen of the Year

Mountain West Football: Eight Players Named MWwire's 2021 Preseason Freshmen of the Year

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Mountain West Football: Eight Players Named MWwire's 2021 Preseason Freshmen of the Year

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Mountain West Football: Eight Players Named MWwire’s 2021 Preseason Freshmen of the Year


Dae Dae Hunter, Nick Dimitris, and Aaron Dumas headline our picks for Mountain West football’s impact freshmen in 2021.


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These could be the best young talents in the Mountain West.

Mountain West Wire’s 2021 preseason honors:

All-Conference Teams | Offensive Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Special Teams Player of the Year | Freshmen of the Year | Newcomer of the Year | Coach of the Year | Coordinator of the Year

In last year’s preseason vote, our staff couldn’t agree upon one player as Mountain West football’s preseason player of the year, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, in running it back for 2021, all we could do is the same thing all over again.

Here’s an introduction to the eight freshmen that we think could make a big impact this fall.

Nick Dimitris, DL, UNLV

Marcus Arroyo‘s rebuilding effort is well underway and if last season taught us anything about his Rebels, it’s that there will be opportunities for young talent to stick. Enter Dimitris, the top UNLV recruit in the team’s 2021 class, who chose to head to Vegas over a number of offers from Power 5 programs.

At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, it wouldn’t be a huge shock if the Watts, California native secured a role in the trenches and helped set the tone for the program’s ongoing revival.

Kaden Dudley and Eric McAlister, WR, Boise State

Khalil Shakir and CT Thomas give the Broncos a pair of very good pass-catching options, but what will happen when new offensive coordinator Tim Plough decides he needs more targets on the field? Enter Dudley and McAlister, a pair of true freshman wide receivers who could each bring something different to the Boise State offense.

A former Colorado commit, Dudley instead decided upon Boise State after Buffaloes head coach Mel Tucker left Boulder for Michigan State.

McAlister, meanwhile, is one of the Broncos’ most hotly anticipated arrivals in recent years and, at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, it’s not hard to see how Boise State could definitely make use of his large catch radius.

Dae Dae Hunter, RB, Hawaii

The new-look Warriors looked a bit different on offense in 2020, which meant chances for new talents like Hunter to shine. After graduating from Chandler High School in Arizona early last year, Hunter found his way onto to the field by fall and flashed the tools that helped him run for well over 3,000 yards in his last two years as a prospect.

Hunter saw playing time all throughout 2020, even starting the opener against Fresno State and the bowl game against Houston, and finished the year with 183 rushing yards, 12 catches for 71 yards, and four total touchdowns. Chances are he’ll play a much bigger role for Todd Graham in 2021.

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