The Mountain West Conference has come out and named its offensive and defensive players of the year; Derek Carr, quarterback of Fresno State and Shaquil Barrett, outside linebacker from Colorado State. Both players seemed to be far more deserving of award consideration on the national stage, but get a little bit of their due from their conference.
Carr set countless records in another huge year for the Bulldogs. Going into the season, his #1 goal was to repeat as the Mountain West Champion and with their victory over Utah State Saturday, he was able to achieve it. Even with a game against Colorado postponed due to flooding, Carr was able to put together some of the most incredible numbers in the country including 4,866 yards passing, averaging 405.5 yards per game with 48 touchdowns against 7 interceptions at just under a 7:1 ratio. Carr also had 117 yards rushing with 2 more touchdowns. Fresno State is scheduled to play USC in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on the 21st where Carr should eclipse 5,000 yards passing and 50 touchdown passes on the season.
Barrett may have been the most overlooked, great defender in the country this year for the Rams. He compiled 34 tackles with 20.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Barrett also had an interception, 2 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles and 3 blocked kicks. One of his biggest games of the year was when the Rams took on Alabama where he was able to record 1.5 sacks against the Tide. He helped the Rams to a 7-6 season and they are scheduled to play Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on the 21st.
Congratulations to both players on the awards.