Nevada College Football: Have They Improved Enough To Win?

Thomas S.Contributor IMay 21, 2009

COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack rolls out during the first half of the game against the Missouri Tigers on September 13, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Will this be the year that Nevada is able to climb to the top of the Western Athletic Conference to unseat the Boise State Broncos, making it to a BCS bowl?



Nevada returns a ton of talent with dual threat QB Colin Kaepernick, the 2008 WAC offensive player of the year, returning for his Junior season, as well as two running backs, Vai Taua, the WAC's leading rusher in 2008, and sixth year senior Luke Lippincott.



With an early trip to Notre Dame, we will know early if Nevada will be as good as they are hyped to be, but there may be a few road blocks with Colorado State and Missouri before ending the season at Boise State.



Ranked as the No. 3 rushing team in the country, averaging 277.8 yards per game, will this Nevada Wolfpack team be able to run as much as they want?

  • Colin Kaepernick is a Quarterback that can throw, but he can also tuck the ball and run.
  • Vai Taua put up great numbers last year as the Wac's leading rusher, but will he repeat?
  • Luke Lippincott, after missing three-fourths of last season, will be coming back for his sixth season to continue where he left off.
  • The receivers, Junior Malcolm Shepherd and freshman Brandon Wimberly, are going to adjust while Maurice Patterson and L.J. Washington, enrolled in January, will most likely develop in this young offense.



  • Dontay Moch and Kevin Basped, a pair of junior All-WAC players, will give other teams' O-lines problems.
  • Five redshirt freshman Defensive Backs, Ahmad Wood, Khalid Wooten, Marlon Johnson, Mose Denton, and Thaddeus Brown, are all playing hard for the starter role for the upcoming season.
  • After having the nation's worst passing defense, Nevada looks to its young but talented defense to pick up the slack in hopes of aiding the offense to victories.