1. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada
The WAC Freshman of the Year completed more than 68 percent of his passes last season and rushed for 694 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hes a great fit in the pistol offense and could get more opportunities to throw this year with the arrival of offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, the former Hawaii coordinator.
2. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Carr accumulated the third-most passing yards in school history as a sophomore, with 3,544. He tossed 26 touchdown passes against nine interceptions. Hes probably the Mountain Wests best pure passer, and hell get plenty of chances to show off his arm in the Bulldogs new up-tempo, spread attack. Its so much fun, said Carr, the preseason offensive player of the year.
3. Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State
The senior needs 317 yards to become the all-time leading rusher in Fresno State history. He averages 5.1 yards per carry and 7.6 yards per catch, totaling 1,777 yards from scrimmage last year.
4. Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
The two-time All-Mountain West first-teamer broke up 15 passes last season six more than anyone else in the league. The better he gets, the more money hes going to make (in the NFL), coach Rocky Long said.
5. Colin Lockett, WR, San Diego State
The junior moved from cornerback to wide receiver last season and became a big-play machine. He caught 58 passes, averaging 16.7 yards per catch. He also averaged 13.7 yards per carry and 21.9 yards per kickoff return.
6. Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
The Mountain West Freshman of the Year averaged 256.3 yards of total offense per game as a true freshman. He broke former TCU star Andy Daltons conference record for total offense by a freshman. Smith rushed for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hes bigger, stronger and faster than hes been, coach Dave Christensen said.
7. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder made 51 catches for 780 yards and seven touchdowns last season, playing part of the season with a broken hand. He finished with eight catches, 113 yards and two touchdowns against Boise State. Hes a great receiver that everybody has matchup problems with, Long said.
8. Chris Nwoke, RB, Colorado State
Nwoke averaged 162.0 yards per game and 6.9 yards per carry in five starts including games in which he rushed for 269 and 232 yards. I just have a relentless will, he said.
9. Matt Miller, WR, Boise State
Miller likely will be the Broncos go-to receiver in third-down and red-zone situations. The last two guys in that role broke the school record for single-season touchdown catches. When we go out to practice, hes going to play the same as when the bright lights come on, coach Chris Petersen said. That doesnt faze him.
10. D.J. Harper, RB, Boise State
Harper averages 5.1 yards per carry and has scored 24 touchdowns on 319 career attempts. At those rates, he could put up monster numbers as a first-year starter.