* Mountain West Conference press release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., -- Here is this week's Around the Mountain West as first year Colorado State head coach Jay Norvell makes his much-anticipated return to Reno:

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  • Dating back to the 2019 season, the Mountain West has won 19 games against autonomous-5 opponents, including 16 against the Pac-12. This is the most wins in that time span amongst all non-autonomous-5 conferences.

 

  • In the past 18 years, the Mountain West has been the top non-autonomous-5 conference 10 times and second five times.

 

  • The Mountain West produced the first non-automatic-qualifying FBS team into a BCS bowl game (Utah - 2005 Fiesta Bowl) and into the College Football Playoff (Boise State - 2014 Fiesta Bowl).

 

  • The Mountain West has had at least two teams nationally ranked in each of the last six seasons.

 

  • After Wyoming’s double-overtime victory over Tulsa on Sept. 3, and Air Force’s win against Navy on Oct. 1, the Mountain West now has a 17-11 record against opponents from the American Athletic Conference.

 

  • San José State senior linebacker Kyle Harmon has racked up 374 total tackles in his career, just 29 tackles behind fifth-most all time in MW history, currently held by New Mexico’s Dakota Cox (403; 2013-16).

 

  • Fresno State senior QB Jake Haener, who was named 2022 MW Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games, beginning on Oct. 24, 2019. This is tied as the third-longest stretch in Conference history. Carson Strong (Nevada) and Derek Carr (Fresno State) hold the league record with a touchdown pass in 26 straight games, while Haener is tied with Andy Dalton (TCU).

 

  • Rebels junior RB Aidan Robbins rushed for 227 yards against North Texas on Sept. 17, the seventh-most rushing yards in a single game in 2022 nationally. Since the beginning of the 2020 Mountain West season, there has been three 200-yard rushing performance, all by UNLV running backs - Charles Williams twice in 2021; Robbins in 2022.

 

  • Over the last 18 seasons, the MW has captured the Bowl Challenge Cup five times and owns the third-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences (.583), trailing only the SEC (.621) and Sun Belt (.593).

San José State junior quarterback Chevan Cordeiro has been tabbed the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, while Boise State senior linebacker DJ Schramm was named MW Defensive Player of the Week. UNLV senior place-kicker Daniel Gutierrez earned MW Special Teams Player of the Week honors, while Boise State quarterback Taylen Green was selected as MW Freshman of the Week.

It is the third career MW weekly honor for Cordeiro, second for Gutierrez and first for Schramm and Green.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CHEVAN CORDEIRO, SAN JOSÉ STATE

Junior, Quarterback, Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawai‘i

  • Led San José State to a 33-16 road victory at Wyoming improving the Spartans record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Mountain West play.
  • Completed 21 passes for 314 yards and a touchdown. The 314 passing yards are a season high.
  • Also rushed for 24 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DJ SCHRAMM, BOISE STATE

Senior, Linebacker, Fresno, California / Clovis West HS

  • In Boise State’s 35-13 victory over San Diego State, recorded 11 tackles, including nine solo stops and four tackles for loss.
  • The four tackles for loss were a career high.
  • Also forced first career fumble.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DANIEL GUTIERREZ, UNLV

Senior, Place-Kicker, Los Angeles, California / Granada Hills Charter HS

  • In UNLV’s 31-20 victory over New Mexico, was a perfect three-for-three on field goal attempts.
  • Scored 11 of UNLV’s 31 points.
  • Connected on field goals from 41, 50 and 47 yards.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

TAYLEN GREEN, BOISE STATE

True Freshman, Quarterback, Lewisville, Texas / Lewisville HS

  • Made first career start in Boise State’s 35-13 victory vs. San Diego State.
  • Rushed the ball eight times for 105 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 48 yards.
  • Opened the scoring for the Broncos with a 17-yard rushing touchdown to start the second half before scoring a 39-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
  • Averaged 13.1 yards per carry.

University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

During the summer of 2021, 7220Sports.com counted down the Top 50 football players in University of Wyoming history, presented by Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Worthy of Wyoming.

The rules are simple: What was the player's impact while in Laramie? That means NFL stats, draft status or any other accolade earned outside of UW is irrelevant when it comes to this list.

This isn't a one-man job. This task called for a panel of experts. Joining 7220's Cody Tucker are Robert GagliardiJared NewlandRyan Thorburn, and Kevin McKinney.

We all compiled our own list of 50 and let computer averages do the work. Think BCS -- only we hope this catalog is fairer.

Don't agree with a selection? Feel free to sound off on our Twitter: @7220sports - #Top50UWFB

- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

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