Kyler Fackrell, linebacker
The senior was named the Mountain West preseason defensive player of the year despite missing all but one game last season with an injury. He also is one of the top NFL Draft prospects in the league.
Boise State’s coaches have drawn comparisons to former Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin, who was a first-round draft pick.
“Fackrell might be one of the best college football players out there,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “That guy is very good. We’ve got a huge challenge to try to block him and contain him and do whatever we have to do to stop him.”
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Fackrell has started all 33 college games in which he has appeared. He finished with 82 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles in 2013, his last full season.
He has 26 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble this year. Coach Matt Wells drew a parallel to Boise State stud end Kamalei Correa, who is a disruptive force for the Broncos.
“They are game-changers on the edge,” Wells said.
Kent Myers, quarterback
Myers is in his second stint as an emergency replacement at quarterback. He was supposed to redshirt last year, when he led the Aggies to a 5-1 record down the stretch. The Aggies planned to redshirt him this year but needed him again when Chuckie Keeton was injured and Myers is 2-0 this time.
His one loss was last year in Boise, when Myers was sacked three times and the Aggies offense was limited to 268 yards.
Myers rushed for a school-record (by a quarterback) 191 yards in his first start this season against Colorado State and threw for a career-high 260 yards last week against Fresno State.
“We have a great defense again and I have a lot of people around me that can make plays,” he said. “As a quarterback, you’ve got to be confident, and if I’m confident around everybody, then they’ll trust me. I feel like my teammates think the same thing and if I ever get in trouble, I know certain people I can count on to go get the ball.”
Nick Vigil, linebacker
The junior leads the team with 52 tackles this season after posting a whopping 123 last season. He added seven sacks and five forced fumbles last year. He has one of each this year.