2022 FrogFuel College Gridiron Showcase: 11 Mountain West Players On All-Star Game Roster
The first college football all-star game of the winter features a number of Mountain West football players looking to make it to the next level.
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A new game means a new spotlight.
The FrogFuel College Gridiron Showcase is a relatively new entrant onto the postseason all-game game scene that marks the period between the end of the college football season and the NFL Draft, but Mountain West fans could find plenty of threads to follow as its eighth annual iteration unfold in Fort Worth, Texas.
Eleven former players from the conference accepted invitations to the season’s first all-star event, which began on January 8 and will continue until the 12th, which features nearly 200 athletes from across the FBS ranks and beyond. The biggest name of the bunch is Utah State wide receiver Deven Thompkins, who finished his collegiate career by setting the program’s single-season record with 1,704 receiving yards on 102 catches, scoring ten touchdowns.
Joining him is fellow Aggie Savon Scarver, who etched his name in the Utah State record books as a kick return specialist. Scarver was a consensus All-American in 2018 and finished his Utah State career with six total return touchdowns.
Hawaii cornerback Cortez Davis, San Diego State safety Trenton Thompson, and New Mexico safety Patrick Peek, meanwhile, will represent the Mountain West as defensive backfield athletes. Davis and Thompson finished first and second, respectively, among conference defenders with 19 and 17 passes defended in the 2021 season.
Colorado State offensive lineman Barry Wesley, Fresno State defensive lineman Kevin Atkins, Wyoming defensive end Garrett Crall, and UNLV offensive tackle Clayton Bradley will do the same in the trenches. Wesley spent time at both tackle and guard in 40 career starts for the Rams, finishing the year as the team’s highest-graded offensive lineman (72.7) according to Pro Football Focus, while Atkins had a career year for the Bulldogs this fall with seven sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Crall battled through injuries in the past two seasons and finished his Cowboys career with 21 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in 53 games.
Nevada linebacker Lawson Hall made his name for the Wolf Pack as a leader both on and off the field, racking up 262 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks in 59 career games across five seasons.
Lastly, San Jose State punter Will Hart transferred to the Spartans from Michigan last off-season and made an instant impact, averaging 44.4 yards per punt with a net of 41.8 that ranked in the top 25 nationally last fall.