This team is as hot as the girls on campus. Coming off a season with a trio of 1,000 yard rushers, more things can be expected of Nevada this year.
There is not much to say other than the fact that this pistol attack is by far the best rushing attack in all of college football. An innovative offense, it produced 50 more yards per game than the next leading D-1 rushing offense, Georgia Tech.
The Wolf Pack set records with 48 rushing touchdowns, and 4,484 rushing yards as they were almost impossible to stop. The team returns most of its offense, and should be just as potent this year.
The projected starter, Colin Kaepernick, is one of the single most proficient dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. He's posted two straight 1,000 yard rushing years, and takes care of the ball with only 16 interceptions to 61 passing touchdowns. Actually, over the last 11 games of the season, Kaepernick threw only two interceptions.
A complete natural at running, he is incredibly elusive, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. He is a Vince Young type that can easily see over opposing defenses at at 6-foot-6. He also has a top shelf arm for when the pass rush comes heavy.
He can single handily control a game, and his only weakness is a lack of that big game in big games. If he can put the past behind him this year, you can expect great things.
Next on the depth chart are Tyler Lantrip and Mason Magleby. Where, the starter is a mobile gunner. Lantrip is a pocket passing bomber. He can't run very well, but he has unreal arm strength and only lacks real experience.
Magleby is a red-shirt freshman that is an athletic freak. He is most likely the heir apparent to take over, but is not likely for him to be ready for this season.
Do not expect the rushing attack to dip at all, even with the loss of Luke Lippincott.
Vai Taua is an absolute beast. He missed three games last year but still manage to rush for 1,345 yards, 10 touchdowns and an absurd 7.8 yards per carry. In the 11 games he played only once did he no rush for 100 yards. If he can keep his academics up expect him to be the next Ryan Matthews.
The next running back on the depth chart is Mike Ball, who showed what he can do when he rushed for 184 yards against UNLV. Its clear this kid can play, and with increased carries, his compact body and quick running style will serve this powerful attack well.
Even if Ball, doesn't live up to his hype, senior Courtney Randall is an experienced runner who will be glad to cut up opposing defenses. Expect all three to grab some carries, and two of them to have over 1,000 yards this season.
Now that everyone knows about Nevada's rush attack, expect this receiving core to get a few more balls thrown their way. None of them are flashy, and there is a not true number one. But all of them are good at making the most of their opportunities.
Brandon Wimberly was the leading reciever from last year with 755 yards on 53 catches and 13.8 yards per catch. He is the steady hand of the receiving core, and will continue to grab plenty of receptions. He is very young, and will only get better with time.
Junior Tray Session is a massive receiver, who had a slightly disappointing year at only 30 catches for 360 yards and two touchdowns. He has too much size and talent to not break through this year. He presents himself as a huge passing target at 6-foot-3 and should become more involved in the red zone with play-actions.
Finally, there is senior Chris Wellington. Like Session, he had an immensely disappointing year, but with 4.4 speed and at 6-foot-1, he is bound to become a huge part of the offense, as well a leader of the team.
With a loss of Alonzo Durham and Kenneth Ackerman, the line is sure to take a slight hit. However, this is a solid group and Nevada has done a great job recruiting serious talent at the line. They are the best in the country at run-blocking, and they sell play-action amazingly.
However, the key the line's success is versatility. My personal favorite player is Virgil Greene. This big tight end can block with the best of them but is also an expert pass catcher. At 6-foot-5 and 240-pounds he is definitely in line for All-WAC honors if he stays healthy.