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2011 Spring Preview - MWest Position To Watch
TCU LB Tank Carder
TCU LB Tank Carder
Posted Mar 4, 2011

The positions to watch for each Mountain West team going into spring practices.

2011 M-West Spring Preview

The Position To Watch

Click on each team for the 2011 Spring Preview
- Air ForceBoise State | Colorado State | New Mexico
- San Diego State | TCU | UNLV | Wyoming

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- Air Force
Fullback. The biggest hole to fill is at once corner spot with Reggie Rembert gone, but the rest of the defensive backfield returns intact. Offensively, two starters are gone off the offensive front and a go-to target needs to be found for the passing game, but a steady fullback has to emerge with all the regulars, including Jared Tew, gone. All of a sudden, the spotlight will be on Wesley Cobb and Mike DeWitt to see if they can handle the work. The freshmen will get their shot this fall, but for now, the more Cobb and DeWitt can do, the better.

Boise State
Wide receiver. Kellen Moore might be a great player and a Heisman talent, but he looked good thanks to NFL receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young coming up with big catch after big catch. The running game will be great (especially if D.J. Harper is back from a torn ACL) and the line will be solid, but the real question will be whether or not Tyler Shoemaker can look like a No. 1 target and is Kirby Moore and Geraldo Hiwat are ready to shine.
- Colorado State
Defensive tackle. The Rams have a ton of problems on offense, while most of the defensive issues came from being unable to stop anyone from pounding the ball. The defensive ends, juniors C.J. James and Broderick Sargent, are back for the outside, but tackles Ty Whitteir and Guy Miller are gone on the inside. Miller was a decent veteran on the nose, but it’s not like the Rams produced much with him anchoring the front seven. Spring ball will be about coming up with a rotation for the middle that actually works.
- New Mexico
Quarterback. Offensive line is a major issue with three starters gone from a bad, bad group, but getting solid quarterback play is the biggest step towards any semblance of team improvement. It’s a muddled mess of various talents with B.R. Holbrook a tall passer, Stump Godfrey the starter over the second half of last year, and now-true sophomore Tarean Austin

- San Diego State
Wide receiver. The offensive line is in plays with four starters back, quarterback Ryan Lindley should be among the nation’s better talents, and Ronnie Hillman is one of the Mountain West’s brightest backs. Now Hillman needs someone to throw to with Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson taking their talents to an NFL camp. There are some big, strong prospects waiting to shine, primarily Dominique Sandifer, but it’s asking a lot to be Brown and Sampson.

Quarterback. Left tackle will be a focus and receiver will be an issue with so much lost production, but TCU doesn’t get to or win the Rose Bowl without Andy Dalton, and he’ll be sorely missed after running the program for the last four years. Also gone is one-time promising talent, Yogi Gallegos, who left the program. Sophomore Casey Paschall was the No. 2 man last year, and he’s a big, tall talent with a little bit of experience, but redshirt freshman Matt Brown is a star dual-threat prospect who’ll get every shot at the starting gig. It’ll take something special to knock Paschall out of the top spot, but Brown will be worth the watch.

Quarterback. Omar Clayton is gone after an interesting and quietly productive career, and UNLV is going to have a long, drawn out battle for the No. 1 spot that should go through the summer and well into fall camp. Sophomore Caleb Herring was the No. 2 last year, but Sean Reilly is the JUCO transfer brought in to potentially be the savior. Redshirt freshman Taylor Barnhill will get his cuts, but it’ll be a disappointment if the 6-4, 210-pound Reilly isn’t the man.

- Wyoming
Quarterback. The Cowboys have to find a leader and a steadying hand to build around, and while Carta-Samuels did a little bit of everything for the attack, it’s not like he lit up the Mountain West. With top backup Dax Crum also gone, the fight is going to be between Emory Miller, a redshirt freshman who was the No. 3 last year, and top recruit Brett Smith, who’s getting to camp early to compete for the give. Miller is a 5-11, 195 all-around player, while Smith is a bit of a passer. On the way is Adam Pittser, the team’s top-ranked recruit.