Mountain West Football Media Reveals 2021 Preseason Players of the Year
The conference media makes its picks for offensive, defensive, and special teams players of the year.
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After revealing their preseason predictions for Mountain West football’s division winners and all-conference team, the Mountain West media also announced its choices for the preseason players of the year.
Nevada quarterback Carson Strong, San Jose State defensive end Cade Hall and Utah State kick returner Savon Scarver were also our staff’s picks as offensive, defensive, and special teams players of the year, respectively. Strong capitalized on a late-season surge in 2019 to become the Mountain West’s top quarterback last fall, ranking seventh in the FBS with 317.6 passing yards per game and ninth with 27 touchdowns.
Your 2021 @MountainWest preseason offensive player of the year 😤
— Nevada Football (@NevadaFootball) July 22, 2021
𝗥𝘂𝗻 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸@cade_hall97 selected as Mountain West Preseason Defensive Player of the Year🥇
— San José State Football 🏆 (@SanJoseStateFB) July 22, 2021
Hall was also the conference’s defensive player of the year back in December after breaking out as a disruptive force for the conference champion Spartans. He finished second in the Mountain West with 12 tackles for loss and led the way with ten sacks, one of just four FBS defenders to reach that benchmark and the only one to do so in fewer than ten games.
Congrats to @SavonScarver on being named Preseason All-Mountain West and Special Teams Player of the Year!
— USU Football (@USUFootball) July 22, 2021
For Scarver, this marks the second summer in a row that he’s the conference media’s pick as special teams player of the year. In 2020, he was a bright spot for the Aggies by 31.4 yards per return, including one return for a touchdown which marked the fourth season in a row that he accomplished that feat.