Vote: Most improved non-AQ players

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As is the case with all of them, it was difficult to whittle the list down to five. I chose these players based on interviews with coaches and spring performances. Coach Gary Patterson praised defensive end Braylon Broughton for his improvement this spring as he steps in for Wayne Daniels. Devon Wylie returns for his senior season and could be a go-to player for new quarterback Derek Carr at Fresno State.

Kyle Padron has had two good seasons and is poised to have an excellent one for SMU, so long as his offensive line comes together and gives him time to throw. Jake Heaps is the full-time starter at BYU and has a new offensive coordinator in Brandon Doman. His maturation and leadership in the spring encouraged not only his coaches but his teammates. He could be poised to have a 3,000-yard season much in the way of his predecessors.

My vote on this one would go to Boise State receiver Geraldo Hiwat. We have to remember he has only been playing football since high school after coming to the United States from the Netherlands. He has tremendous upside. At 6-foot-4, has the ability to be a big-play receiver with his speed and a possession receiver with his size. Much is expected of him this season.