By Joe Jenkins
Much like Dalton, let's forget toss the numbers out when it comes to Smith. They just won't impress you. Smith's spot atop the rankings has more to do with the cultural impact he had.
Smith was the first quarterback ever to lead a non-automatic qualifier into a BCS game. Along with head coach Urban Meyer, Smith and the Utes thrashed Pittsburgh, 35-7, in the 2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, giving instant legitimacy to the young conference and forcing the BCS to change its rules in favor of greater inclusion for schools outside of the power conferences.
Smith was named MWC Offensive Player of the Year in 2004. The San Francisco 49ers made him the first overall pick of the 2005 .
I understand Urlacher only played a year in the conference, but 8 is too low for a guy who did it all in ABQ. Really can't argue with anyone else . . .
It's crap that Bradlee Van Pelt isn't on this list. I believe along with Dalton he is the only other play to win two play of the year awards in the MWC.
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Thanks Catch. I'll say that if BSU was in the MWC forMoore's four years (or probably even 3 out of the 4), he would have dropped Smith to #2. Moore was incredible, but 75% of his career was in a different conference--including his best season.
An intelligent, well thought out list. Would be easy to put someone like Moore higher (he may deserve it) and forget guys like Hughes and Weddle. Of course, had Boise been in the MWC earlier, this list would look a lot different.