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2010 Mountain West Preview - Unit Rankings
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Posted Aug 11, 2010


2010 CollegeFootballNews.com Preview - Mountain West Unit Rankings


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Mountain West Unit Rankings


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Mountain West Overall

Based on how good each team is and NOT the predicted finish

1. TCU
2. Utah
3. BYU
4. Air Force
5. UNLV
6. San Diego State
7. Colorado State
8. Wyoming
9. New Mexico

Offenses

1. TCU
The TCU offense has been overshadowed by the defense over the last few years, but things started to change last season. Led by Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, QB Andy Dalton, the Horned Frogs finished seventh in the nation in total offense and fifth in scoring, and there’s no reason to not be more explosive this year. Four starters return on the line with one glaring hole at right tackle, but it should be a dominant group again. The receiving corps will be phenomenal, there are several talented running backs to form another great rotation, and Dalton should be Dalton again.

2. Utah
3. BYU
4. Air Force
5. UNLV
6. San Diego State
7. Colorado State
8. Wyoming
9. New Mexico

Quarterbacks

1. TCU
Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. Andy Dalton isn’t going to light up the stat sheet compared to some of the other top quarterbacks in Texas, but he’ll be good enough to earn plenty of all-star honors. The passing attack will be along for the ride with the defense and the running game carrying the water, but Dalton will be effective. The Horned Frogs finished eighth in the nation in passing efficiency.

2. Utah
3. Air Force
4. BYU
5. UNLV
6. San Diego State
7. Wyoming
8. Colorado State
9. New Mexico

Running Backs

1. Utah
As always, the Utes will tear off more than 2,000 yards on the ground and well over 20 scores, but unlike past years almost all the production will come from the running backs. With Matt Asiata, Eddie Wide, and Sausan Shakerin, there’s no reason to let anyone else take a pounding. How deep are the Utes? Shakerin would probably be a first-team All-Mountain West star for anyone else. It’s not a bad thing to have too many good backs to get the ball to.

2. Air Force
3. TCU
4. UNLV
5. Colorado State
6. BYU
7. New Mexico
8. Wyoming
9. San Diego State

Receivers

1. San Diego State
As long as Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson are on the field, SDSU should have a fighting chance against anyone. The two form a deadly receiving tandem and should combine for well over 120 catches. The depth is decent and the tight ends should be bigger factors. Brown and Sampson could end up each earning All-Mountain West honors, while Dominique Sandifer might fly under the radar as a very, very dangerous No. 3 target. He’s a home run hitter who should be a difference maker on at least two really big plays.

2. TCU
3. BYU
4. UNLV
5. Utah
6. Wyoming
7. New Mexico
8. Colorado State
9. Air Force

Offensive Lines

1. TCU
Led by Marcus Cannon, who could play his way into a late first round NFL draft slot, the line should be dominant again. The injury bug hasn’t bitten the Horned Frogs over the last few years, but if the line can avoid a run of bad luck, it should be among the most productive in the nation. The interior will be a rock, Cannon will earn All-America honors, and right tackle will be fine with a little bit of time.

2. BYU
3. Utah
4. UNLV
5. San Diego State
6. Air Force
7. Colorado State
8. New Mexico
9. Wyoming

Defenses

1. TCU
There are some big, giant losses, like DE Jerry Hughes and LB Daryl Washington, but all will be fine as long as the talented prospects on the end can step up and produce and if the linebackers are healthy. The secondary in the 4-2-5 alignment will be more than fine even after losing First Team All-Mountain West performers Nick Sanders and Rafael Priest; Greg McCoy, Jason Teague and Malcolm Williams are terrific corner prospects. The safeties will be tremendous, the tackles, Kelly Griffin and Cory Grant will be all-stars, and the linebackers … that’s the potential problem. Tank Carder, the team’s best defensive player has to get past a shoulder injury, as does key backup Kris Gardner. For all the talent, there needs to be a bit more of a pass rush than last year (and without Hughes), while a few more interceptions would be nice. That’s nitpicking, though, for a defense that will be among the best in the nation again.

2. BYU
3. Air Force
4. Utah
5. Colorado State
6. San Diego State
7. New Mexico
8. Wyoming
9. UNLV

Defensive Lines

1. TCU
It’s TCU. With or without Jerry Hughes there will be consistent pressure into the backfield. While the sack total was a bit underwhelming last year and there weren’t enough tackles for loss, TCU was third in the nation against the run and the front line should be a brick wall yet again. The ends have been the strength over the last few seasons but now it’ll be about the interior. Kelly Griffin and Cory Grant are rocks who won’t move, while Jeremy Coleman and sophomore D.J. Yendrey are good prospects.

2. Utah
3. BYU
4. New Mexico
5. Air Force
6. Colorado State
7. San Diego State
8. UNLV
9. Wyoming

Linebackers

1. TCU
Losing a top tackler and future NFL starter like Daryl Washington isn’t a plus, but as long as Tank Carder and Kris Gardner are healthy, and if Tanner Brock plays up to his potential, the Horned Frogs won’t have any problems. This might be the most athletic and most talented group of linebackers the team has had under Gary Patterson, but everyone has to be healthy and available.

2. BYU
3. Air Force
4. Colorado State
5. New Mexico
6. UNLV
7. Utah
8. San Diego State
9. Wyoming

Secondaries

1. TCU
The secondary loses two First Team All-Mountain West corners in Nick Sanders and Rafael Priest … whatever. In steps Jason Teague, Greg McCoy, and Malcolm Williams, and the pass defense will be as good as ever. The safety combination of Tejay Johnson, Alex Ibiloye, Thompson and Tyler Lutrell is tremendous with interchangeable options and great tackling ability. After finishing sixth in the nation against the pass, the production won’t drop off, if at all.

2. Air Force
3. BYU
4. Wyoming
5. Utah
6. San Diego State
7. UNLV
8. Colorado State
9. New Mexico

Special Teams

1. TCU
TCU might have the best special teams in America. Yeah, it would be nice if PK Ross Evans had a deeper leg, and yeah, it might be nice if the punting game netted more than 35 yards per try, but that’s nitpicking. Jeremy Kerley and the kickers are fantastic. TCU led the nation in kickoff returns and were 12th in punt returns.

2. Utah
3. Air Force
4. BYU
5. Wyoming
6. UNLV
7. Colorado State
8. New Mexico
9. San Diego State

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