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Nevada QB Strong MWC’s first soph offensive player of year

December 16, 2020 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada quarterback Carson Strong became the first sophomore Tuesday to be named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Strong completed 69% of his passes for 2,587 yards, 22 touchdowns and just four interceptions in eight games this season.

He led the league in completions, completion percentage, touchdowns and passing yards. He ranked second in yards per game, passing efficiency and total offense.

San Jose State Coach Brent Brennan, who led the Spartans to a 6-0 record and first 6-0 start since 1939, was named the league’s top coach and his star lineman Cade Hall the Defensive Player of the Year.

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Boise State’ cornerback Avery Williams won best special teams player and UNLV wide receiver Kyle Williams was named the best freshman.

Strong of Vacaville, California was joined on the All-Mountain West first team by three Wolf Pack teammates — junior wide receiver Romeo Doubs, junior tight end Cole Turner and sophomore kicker Brandon Talton.

Doubs caught 53 passes for 960 yards and nine touchdowns — all league bests. The Los Angeles native also led the league in receptions per game and yards per game.