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Mountain West quarterback battles primer

Taking a look at the quarterback situations for all 12 Mountain West football teams:

AIR FORCE: Junior Nate Romine (six career starts) took the majority of the first-team snaps in spring practices and is the front-runner to replace Kale Pearson, who ran for 687 yards and threw for 14 TDs to three INTs in 2014.

BOISE STATE: Sophomore Ryan Finley performed well in the spring against a fellow sophomore, a redshirt freshman and a true freshman, but any discipline for an offseason arrest has not been announced.

COLORADO STATE: Redshirt sophomore Nick Stevens emerged as the likely starter after a strong spring competing with redshirt freshman Coleman Key, but new coach Mike Bobo wouldn't commit to naming Garrett Grayson's replacement.

FRESNO STATE: Returning starter Brian Burrell opted not to return for his senior season, leaving sophomore Zack Greenlee, redshirt freshman Kilton Anderson, true freshman Chason Virgil and West Virginia transfer Ford Childress competing into this fall.

HAWAII: USC transfer Max Wittek earned the starting gig in June after sitting out last season. In the spring, the strong-armed, 6-foot-4, 240-pounder overtook returning starter Ikaika Woolsey (2,538 yards in 2014).

NEVADA: Coach Brian Polian called the competition "fluid" in the quest to replace four-year starter Cody Fajardo. Junior Tyler Stewart played in seven games in 2013. Polian hopes to get a waiver for true freshman transfer Austin Kafentzis, who had signed at Wisconsin.

NEW MEXICO: Senior Cole Gautsche moved to tight end, but sophomore Lamar Jordan (four starts, 612 rushing yards, 875 passing yards) will be challenged in fall camp by Washington State transfer Austin Apodaca.

SAN DIEGO STATE: With Quinn Kaehler graduated after an ineffective senior year, the Aztecs are looking for an impact quarterback. Kentucky transfer Maxwell Smith, Oregon transfer Jake Rodrigues and redshirt freshman Christian Chapman are the competitors.

SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans don't come into fall camp with a set starter, though senior Joe Gray returns after throwing for 2,305 yards in 2014. He'll attempt to hold off athletic junior Kenny Potter and strong-armed junior Malik Watson.

UTAH STATE: Sixth-year senior Chuckie Keeton returns after his last two seasons were cut short because of knee injuries. If healthy, he can be excellent, but struggled in three games last year. Junior Darell Garretson (11 starts) transferred to Oregon State.

WYOMING: Senior Cameron Coffman, a former starter at Indiana, was named the starter during spring practices. Junior college transfer Josh Allen will back him up. Neither has taken a snap for the Cowboys.

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