McMaryion’s numbers won’t wow you, but the Bulldogs’ senior quarterback has been one of the nation’s more efficient signal callers. He’s thrown for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns, completing 72 percent of his passes while throwing just two interceptions through five games. Coaches like to use his legs the closer Fresno State gets to the end zone. He leads the Bulldogs with five rushing touchdowns without any of his 23 carries going for longer than 9 yards.
After leading the Mountain West in tackles last year, Allison is setting the pace once again for the conference’s top scoring defense. The junior linebacker leads the Bulldogs with 53 tackles, an average of 10.6 per game. He also has two tackles for loss, half a sack and two interceptions, second-most on the team. If Wyoming is going to move the ball, they’ll have to get through the Butkus Award watch lister in the middle.
Tyler Vander Waal
Six games into his collegiate career, Vander Waal is still trying to get comfortable. It’s been a struggle for the freshman, who’s thrown for more than 215 yards just once this season, less than 100 yards twice and completed 50 percent or less of his passes three times. The protection up front hasn’t helped -- Vander Waal has already been sacked 18 times -- but he has to step up his level of play if the Cowboys hope to achieve some semblance of offensive balance this season.
Wilson bounced back from that personal foul he had early against Boise State to turn in his second-best game of the season from a statistical standpoint, racking up a game-high 11 tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack against Hawaii. As one of Wyoming’s more experienced defensive players, the Cowboys will be looking for more games like that from Wilson, who’s got a team-high 51 tackles on the season. He’ll have more chances against a Fresno State team that’s run it 71 more times than it’s thrown it this season.