By Joe Jenkins
For two years, Hughes was not only the most dominant defensive player in the MWC, but one of the most feared pass-rushers in the entire country.
Hughes broke out in his junior year, leading the nation with 15 sacks. He also recorded 18.5 tackles for loss and forced six fumbles en route to being named MWC Defensive Player of the Year. He added another 11.5 sacks his senior year as well as unanimous first-team All-American honors.
Hughes' 28 career sacks are tied for most in MWC history. The Colts drafted him 31st overall in 2010.
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.