The reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year set the conference record with 3,688 passing yards in 2007. Smith torched Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl, earning MVP honors with 336 passing yards and five touchdowns.
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Clayton Mullins, LB
Mullins was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, compiling 143 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss. Mullins, Joey Hudson and Caleb Bostic make up one of the finest linebacker trios in the country.
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Chase Holbrook, QB
Holbrook has completed 70 percent of his passes for 8,485 yards over the last two seasons. He must cut down on his mistakes though, as he posted an alarmingly high 18 interceptions last year. Holbrook looks to lead New Mexico State to a bowl for the first time since 1960.
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Max Hall, QB
Hall, who transferred to BYU from Arizona State, headlines a talented team with BCS bowl aspirations. As a sophomore, Hall averaged 296 passing yards per game, threw 26 touchdown passes and was intercepted 12 times. With nine returning starters on BYU's offense, Hall and the Cougars should put up some points in '08.
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Jan Jorgensen, DE
Last season he led the Mountain West in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (20) and made 77 tackles -- impressive totals for a defensive lineman. Jorgensen is a prime candidate for All-America honors.
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Damion Fletcher, RB
The diminutive (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) rusher has piled up 2,974 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns during his first two seasons. He has an uncanny ability to sniff out a hole and then immediately charge through it.
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Jarett Dillard, WR
Dillard is the active NCAA leader in career receptions (205), receiving yards (2,828) and touchdown catches (40). At one point he had a streak of 15 straight games with a touchdown grab.
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Dan LeFevour, QB
The dual-threat QB became the second player in FBS history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season (Vince Young was the first). LeFevour also threw 27 touchdown passes and rushed for an additional 19 scores.
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Gerald McRath, LB
McRath is a smart, technically sound linebacker who's always right in the middle of the action. The 2007 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year racked up 139 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
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Ian Johnson, RB
Johnson may be the most celebrated player in program history. Over the past two seasons, he has rushed for 2,755 yards and scored 42 total touchdowns. He should enjoy a big senior campaign if he can stay healthy.
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