Brian and I need to recharge this weekend before the big show with Phil Steele on Monday, but before we leave you with sweet dreams of PS numbers and Plus/Minus ratings we submit to you the latest installment of our countdown of the 50 best non-BCS conference players in the country. Enjoy!
#48: DT John Fletcher, Wyoming
The Verdict: Wyoming fans did not have a lot to hang their hats on last season. Yet lost behind a 4-8 record, an inept offense, and a truly egregious -22 turnover margin was the play of defensive tackle John Fletcher, who garnered second team All-Mountain West honors for the second consecutive season. While he saw a dropoff in his sack production from 2007 to 2008, he comes into his senior campaign with 17 total sacks and 23.5 career tackles for a loss. A versatile defensive lineman at 6-foot-6, 272 pounds, Fletcher has served as the cornerstone for Wyoming's Top 40 ranked defenses each of the past two seasons, and uses his unique blend of size and strength to plug up gaps in the Pokes' 3-4 defensive front. While he may not put up the gaudy statistics of TCU's Jerry Hughes or BYU's Jan Jorgenson, Fletcher's inside presence gives Wyoming a chance to be competitive in the Mountain West going into 2009 and earns him the 48th spot in our countdown.Past Players: #49: Fresno St. RB Ryan Mathews #50: Navy LB Ross Pospisil