Air Force Football: Brad Roberts is MWwire’s 2022 Offensive Player of the Year
The Falcons fullback was dominant all year long and became the runaway choice among our staff as Mountain West football’s offensive standout.
A record-setting hammer.
Mountain West Wire’s 2022 postseason honors:
All-Conference Teams | Offensive Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Special Teams Player of the Year | Freshman of the Year | Newcomer of the Year | Breakout Player of the Year | Coach of the Year | Coordinator of the Year
Few things in the Mountain West are as fun to watch as the Air Force running game when firing on all cylinders, which it did early and often in 2022 thanks to a record-setting performance by fullback Brad Roberts, who bulldozed over the competition to become our overwhelming selection as the conference’s offensive player of the year.
Roberts entered the 2022 season as the reigning Mountain West rushing champion and left no doubt from the start that the encore would be even better. He ended the regular season with a program-record 308 total carries, the first Mountain West running back to top 300 since 2018, and set another Falcons record with 1,612 rushing yards that was over 500 more than Fresno State’s Jordan Mims, who finished second.
The Arvada, Colorado native also tied for first in the Mountain West with 15 total touchdowns, putting an exclamation point on one of the most unique rushing performances the conference has ever seen.
Brad Roberts was Air Force's leading rusher last year with 1356 yards, 13 TD, 4.5YPC.
Roberts already broke off a 71-yard run last week. pic.twitter.com/EYKORfxNGj
— Jake Schwanitz (@JakeDNVR) September 9, 2022
Chevan Cordeiro, QB, San Jose State (30 points)
The former Hawaii quarterback made himself right at home in Kevin McGiven’s offense, guiding the Spartans back to bowl eligibility while leading the Mountain West with 20 passing touchdowns. In all, Cordeiro completed 60.8% of his 383 passes for 2,885 yards, adding 215 rushing yards and eight more touchdowns on the ground.
Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State (27 points)
Haener missed four games with a high ankle sprain in the middle of the season, but he blistered the competition when he was on the field this fall. He completed a conference-high 73.5% of his throws for 2,432 yards and 17 touchdowns against an interception rate of only 1%.
Also received votes:20 points — Tory Horton, WR, Colorado State | 11 points — Taylen Green, QB, Boise State | 7 points — Haaziq Daniels, QB, Air Force | 5 points — George Holani, RB, Air Force | 4 points — Jordan Mims, RB, Fresno State | 3 points — Jalen Moreno-Cropper, WR, Fresno State; Elijah Cooks, WR, San Jose State | 2 points — Doug Brumfield, QB, UNLV; Dedrick Parson, RB, Hawaii; Aidan Robbins, RB, UNLV | 1 point — Titus Swen, RB, Wyoming; Calvin Tyler Jr., RB, Utah State