Carson Strong looks to lead Nevada to a Mountain West Title
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1. Carson Strong (Nevada)
Carson Strong blossomed during his Sophomore season in Nevada's Air Raid offense and finished the 2020 season as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year. Strong is a 6-4 gunslinger and has captured the attention of NFL scouts after throwing for 27 touchdowns and 4 interceptions last Fall. The Vacaville, CA product will look to lead the Wolf Pack to a Mountain West Title and secure himself as a 1st Round NFL Draft pick.
2. Jake Haener (Fresno State)
Haener began his career at Washington and nearly won the starting job in 2019 over Jacob Eason but fell just short and made the decision to transfer to Fresno State. The addition of Haener has proven to be a great pick up for the Bulldogs after the talented passer led the Mountain West in yards per game and yards per attempt.
3. Nick Starkel (SJSU)
Nick Starkel had a winding path to San Jose State after beginning his career at Texas AM before transferring to Arkansas and then to the Spartans last season. Many wrote Starkel off as a bust until the talented signal caller led SJSU to a Mountain West Title in 2020 while throwing 17 touchdown passes and just.7 interceptions.
4. Logan Bonner (Utah State)
Logan Bonner starred at Arkansas State last season and even helped lead the Red Wolves to a massive 35-31 upset of Kansas State. Bonner is a great pick up for Utah State and was one of the best QB's in the Sun Belt conference where he threw 28 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions the past 2 seasons.
5. Hank Bachmeier (Boise State)
Hank Bachemeier came to Boise State as a 4 star prospect but thus far has honestly underwhelmed. Still, Bachmeier is young and should continue to develop. Entering 2021, the 6-1 QB has 15 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions.
6. Terry Wilson (New Mexico)
Danny Gonzales is tasked with rebuilding the New Mexico football program and landing Terry Wilson from Kentucky is a great step in the right direction. Wilson is somewhat limited as a passer with 3,436 career yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions but is an elite runner with 1,015 career yards on the ground.
7. Sean Chambers (Wyoming)
Wyoming brought the world Josh Allen and now they feel they may have their next great up and coming QB. Chambers is huge at 6-3 225 and makes plays on the ground with 894 career rushing yards to go with 10 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions.
8. Chevan Cordeiro (Hawaii)
Chevan Cordeiro is a big time playmaker and has done a great job of taking over the QB duties from Cole McDonald after he was selected in the 7th round in 2020. Cordeiro is a dual threat and has 28 career touchdown passes, 11 interceptions and 741 yards on the ground.
9. Justin Rogers (UNLV)
Justin Rogers is a former top 50 recruit nationally and began his career at TCU before joining the Rebels. Rogers has never seen meaningful playing time so his performance is a major question mark but the potential is definitely there for him to be one of the best quarterbacks in the conference.
10. Haaziq Daniels (Air Force)
Being a quarterback in the triple option means that throwing is secondary to running but Daniels has proven to be decent enough at both. Last season, Daniels passed for 433 yards and 3 touchdowns while running for 297 yards.
11. Todd Centeio (Colorado State)
The Colorado State offense likely won't scare too many people but Centeio will be intriguing to watch this Fall. Centeio came to Fort Collins from Temple and during his career he has accumulated 8 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. The success of Centeio will likely determine whether or not the Rams reach a bowl in 2021.
12. Lucas Johnson (SDSU)
San Diego State consistently boasts one of the best defenses in the country and the offense will be tasked with matching that production to help lead the Aztecs to a conference title. Johnson came to San Diego from Georgia Tech where he played sparingly.