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  10/13/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  OCT 11 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CARSON STRONG, NEVADA, Junior, Quarterback, Vacaville, California/Wood HS,...Helped lead Nevada to a 55-28 victory over New Mexico State, throwing for 377 yards and six touchdowns....The six touchdowns are tied for the second-most in program history and fourth-most in a single game by a Mountain West quarterback and the most since September 2018...Completed 25-of-32 passes in less than three quarters of work. - Mountain West Football

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  10/10/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Carson Strong threw a career-high six touchdown passes - four in the second quarter - and Nevada cruised to a 55-28 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night. Strong, who did not play in the fourth quarter, finished 25-of-32 passing for 377 yards with one interception. But Strong got off to a rocky start. He threw an interception on Nevada's first offensive play from scrimmage and the Wolf Pack (4-1) went three-and-out on three of the next four drives and trailed 7-3 early in the second quarter before hitting Toa Taua, Justin Lockhart, Melquan Stovall and Cole Turner before halftime.

Nevada took the opening kick of the second half and Turner's 3-yard scoring catch capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive that made it 38-3. Strong connected with Henry Ballard for a 33-yard touchdown about four minutes later and cornerback BerDale Robins ripped the ball from New Mexico State's Jared Wyatt and raced 25 yards for a score to give Nevada a 52-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. Jonah Johnson completed 38 of 62 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for the Aggies. His 3-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt with 8:59 left in the first quarter opened the scoring. New Mexico State (1-6), an FBS Independent, has lost three in a row. - Nevada/AP College Football


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  10/04/21 - Brandon TaltonJr/2023, Nevada, 5-08, 180 (DS#15 K) + More +

  OCT 4 MOUNTAIN WEST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BRANDON TALTON, NEVADA, Junior, Place-Kicker, Vacaville, California/Vacaville HS,...Helping Nevada defeat Boise State, went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, marking his first 4-for-4 performance since Sept. 14, 2019, against Weber State...Made field goals from 38 yards out twice, 37 and 33 yards...Went 3-for-3 on PAT attempts...Accounted for 15 of Nevada's 41 points. - Mountain West Football

(DS#15 K) Jr/2023 K Brandon TaltonNevada
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  10/04/21 - Toa TauaSr/2022, Nevada, 5-08, 210 (DS#35 RB) + More +

  OCT 4 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TOA TAUA, NEVADA, Senior, Running Back, Lompoc, California/Lompoc HS,...Helped lead Nevada to a 41-31 road victory at Boise State, Nevada's first win over the Broncos on The Blue since 1997...Led the Nevada rushing attack with a season-high 124 yards on 12 carries for a 10.3-yard average per carry...Scored twice on rushes of 12 and 22 yards, respectively...Also caught seven passes for 44 yards...Scored a crucial 12-yard rushing touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter to give Nevada a 28-21 lead, and recorded a game-long 38-yard rush to the Boise State 16-yard line to put Nevada into field goal position. - Mountain West Football

(DS#35 RB) Sr/2022 RB Toa TauaNevada
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  10/03/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Carson Strong threw for 263 yards and a touchdown, Toa Taua rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns and Nevada defeated Boise State 41-31 on Saturday. Nevada (4-1, 1-0), the pre-season favorite to win the Mountain West Conference's West division, snapped a six-game losing streak to the Broncos, dating back to 2010. Nevada last won in Boise in 1997. While Nevada coach Jay Norvell was all smiles after the game, he didn't seem surprised at the result. He was more ecstatic about the way his team won rather than breaking a long losing streak. "This is the first game this season where we've really complemented each other," Norvell said. "When the defense made a big play, the offense scored, and vice versa. That's the style of football we like to play - physical and hard, fearless. That's what we want, and now we want to build on that." Boise State (2-3, 1-1) is off to its slowest start since 2001 when it also started 2-3 before finishing the season 8-4. It's also the first time since 2015 the Broncos have lost consecutive home games. - Nevada/AP College Football

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  09/13/21 - Tristan NicholsrSr/2022, Nevada, 6-3, 245 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Nevada's Tristan Nichols had four sacks against Idaho State, the most since Charles Snowden of Virginia had four against North Carolina last Oct. 31. - AP College Football

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Tristan NicholsNevada
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  09/12/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Carson Strong threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and Nevada beat Idaho State 49-10 on Saturday night. Strong completed 34 of 43 passes that included two touchdowns to Elijah Cooks, who finished with seven receptions for 89 yards. Devonte Lee had a 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter for Nevada (2-0), and caught a 15-yard TD pass early in the fourth. Cole Turner had a touchdown catch, and Strong's 43-yard throw to a diving Harry Ballard in the end zone capped the scoring with 4:45 to play. Tristan Nichols forced a fumble on his sack of Hunter Hays. Dom Peterson scooped the ball and ran 23 yards into the end zone to stretch the Wolf Pack's lead to 42-10. Toa Taua added 103 yards rushing on nine carries for the Wolf Pack. Oshea Trujillo had a 1-yard touchdown run for Idaho State (0-2) in the first quarter. Malakai Rango had 10 carries for 72 yards. - Nevada/AP College Football

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  09/06/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  SEPT 6 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CARSON STRONG, NEVADA, Junior, Quarterback, Vacaville, California/Wood HS,...Led Nevada to a come-from-behind victory on the road at Cal, winning 22-17, to secure the Wolf Pack's third win over an autonomous-5 opponent in five games...Completed 22 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns...After trailing 14-0, gave the Wolf Pack the lead with 12 minutes left in the third quarter after hitting wide receiver Elijah Cooks for a 16-yard score...Completed passes for eight different receivers in the contest. - Mountain West Football

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  09/05/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Nevada's whirlwind month as vagabonds ended with a very satisfying win. Carson Strong threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolf Pack to a 22-17 victory over California on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Nevada has been forced to adapt because of smoke from wildfires that made it impossible to practice outdoors on campus. That forced the Wolf Pack to travel nearly 2,000 miles and practice on basketball courts, conventions centers and even a hotel parking garage. "What we've had to go through this last month just to prepare to play was something - seven different fields we practiced on, we traveled 1,953 miles to be exact to different places to practice," coach Jay Norvell said. "We never cheated the kids on their preparation. We did everything we needed to do to get ready for this game. We didn't cut any corners. Boy did they respond." Strong connected on TDs to Romeo Doubs and Elijah Cooks for a happy homecoming to Northern California.

Strong grew up about an hour away from Memorial Stadium, attending Cal games and camps. But after a knee injury his senior year in high school in Vacaville the Bears didn't recruit him and he has turned into a star at Nevada. "I always want to win no matter what but this one is pretty sweet," Strong said. "This is probably my favorite one." Cal scored TDs on its first two drives but then stalled, going three-and-out on the next four drives. While the Bears couldn't move the ball, Nevada scored 22 straight points. The Wolf Pack cut the deficit to 14-13 at the half on a pair of field goals from Brandon Talton and Strong's 43-yard TD pass to Dobbs. Strong then put together an impressive drive to open the second half to give the Wolf Pack the lead for good. He completed a 17-yard pass to Cole Turner on third and 17, a 46-yarder to Tory Horton on third-and-9 and then a 16-yard TD to Cooks on the next play to make it 19-14. - Nevada/AP College Football


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  09/04/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  For the longest time, it didn't much matter who played quarterback for Nevada when the Wolf Pack faced Cal. Through 1945, the Golden Bears routinely had their way with Nevada, posting wins by scores like 81-6, 79-7 and 62-0, the latter included among 20 shutout victories Cal recorded against its neighbor to the east. After just one game over the next 65 years, a couple of prolific Nevada quarterbacks flipped the script in the two most recent meetings. In 2010, Colin Kaepernick powered the Wolf Pack to a 52-31 rout of Cal in Reno. Two years later, Nevada visited Berkeley on the occasion of Memorial Stadium's reopening and Cody Fajardo spoiled the party, leading the visitors to a 31-24 win.

The teams square off again Saturday night in the season opener at Memorial Stadium, their first meeting since 2012. And once again, the Wolf Pack will come at the Bears with a gifted quarterback. Carson Strong, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior from Vacaville, is projected as a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He's not a runner, but Strong passed for 2,858 yards and 27 touchdowns and was intercepted on barely 1 percent of his pass attempts in a nine-game 2020 schedule. "He's got special arm talent that not too many guys have," said Elijah Hicks, Cal's fifth-year senior safety. Cal defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon, said watching film in preparation to play Strong has aged him: "I started getting the gray whiskers the last couple days." - Oakland Tribune


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  08/31/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Chris Ault knows a thing of two about NFL quarterbacks. During his time at Nevada, he recruited or developed four that reached that level, including Colin Kaepernick, Jeff Rowe, John Dutton and David Fales, each spending at least one year at Nevada under Ault. The Hall of Fame coach also spent two seasons as an offensive consultant for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. He can see NFL talent when it presents itself, and when Ault first saw current Wolf Pack quarterback Carson Strong, he knew the Wolf Pack had something special.

"I think the world of Carson Strong," Ault told Nevada Sports Net. "He's come so far. He has tremendous poise. He's got a great arm. There's no question he is an NFL quarterback. There's no question about it because of the strength of his arm. ... We have one of the best wide receiver corps in the country, with any school. But I think Carson is the one who makes those guys go. He makes them better by his performance, and he's the right guy. He's very confident. He's led the team to some great wins. He knows what's excepted of him. And he knows the offense. That's very similar to our 2010 team with the quarterback situation being like it is." - NevadaSportsnet.com


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  08/27/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  The Reno Aces announced the NIL (name, image, likeness) signings of Nevada football players Kameron Toomer, Daiyan Henley and Elijah Cooks while also partnering with 2020 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year quarterback Carson Strong. Nevada is the 17th state to sign a bill for college students to profit off their own name, image and likeness in May 2021, becoming effective on July 1, 2021.

"We're excited to be partnering with local athletes and students in northern Nevada," Aces Marketing Director Vince Ruffino said in a news release. "We hope to establish strong bonds with these student-athletes that we can carry over into future seasons and we have brought in a dynamic group of individuals to partner with us this year." Nevada's Strong is coming off a stellar season with the Wolf Pack, throwing for 2,858 yards and 27 touchdowns with a 70.1 completion percent on his way to Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year in 2020. The junior quarterback averaged an FBS-second-best 27.7 completions per game while ranking fourth with 317.6 passing yards per contest. Strong a steady following on Twitter (@Carsonstrong_) and Instagram (@carson12strong) with nearly 6,000 followers. - Reno Gazette Journal


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  08/24/21 - Aaron FrostSr/2022, Nevada, 6-5, 310 (DS#25 OT) + More +

  If Nevada football gave out an award for its nastiest player, there's no question who'd get the honor. "If I go down a dark alley and need somebody, Aaron Frost will be there," running back Devonte Lee said. "If you threw a dime down in the parking lot, he'd fight you for it once he puts that helmet on," offensive line coach Bill Best said of Frost. "I honestly think his goal is to mess up anybody who lines up against him," fellow offensive lineman Jermaine Ledbetter said. Off the field, Frost has a reputation as a mild-mannered gentleman with a great sense of humor and a love of jumping jacks. "He's a chill guy," Ledbetter said. "Definitely funny." But once puts on the Wolf Pack silver and blue and straps on the helmet, a flip is switched. "That's a different person," Ledbetter said. "It sure is." Or as Lee puts it: "Aaron Frost is the most physical, nastiness person you can have on your team. You need guys like that."

On a star-studded offense that boasts potential NFL draft picks Carson Strong, Romeo Doubs and Cole Turner, Frost is the Wolf Pack's hidden pro prospect. At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, he has excellent size. He's the Wolf Pack's most athletic offensive lineman. And when you consider his relative newness to the position, having moved from defense to offense just three years ago, his upside is sky high. "They're hard to find where they're that big, that strong, that quick and that aggressive with that competitive nature," Best said of Frost. - Northern Nevada Sports


(DS#25 OT) Sr/2022 OT Aaron FrostNevada
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  08/20/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Carson Strong has missed back-to-back practices and is expected to miss a few more, but Nevada football coach Jay Norvell isn't overly concerned about his star quarterback's availability for the season opener at Cal just yet. Strong has had three surgeries on his right knee, including two in the last few months. Irritation in that knee led to him being removed from action midway through Monday's practice. He didn't practice Tuesday or Wednesday and isn't expected to practice in the upcoming days. Strong had major surgery on his knee in 2017, which cost him his entire senior season of high school. He had surgery after the 2020 season on the same knee and arthroscopic surgery a few weeks before fall camp started to clear out scar tissue.

"His knee is fine," Norvell said after Wednesday's practice. "He had a surgery and structurally it's all fine. He had a little procedure done before camp just to take a look at it, a scope. That just kind of irritated it a little bit. He has a little swelling, but we're excited. He just had it checked again, and it's fine. He'll be out here in a couple of days." Strong has had his knee drained in recent days, and Norvell said the Wolf Pack won't rush him back considering Strong's experience. Strong, a potential early-round selection in the 2022 draft, is entering this third season as a starter for the Wolf Pack. So while it's not ideal that he missed all of spring camp and the early part of fall camp, Nevada is not sounding alarm bells on his availability when games begin. - Nevadasportsnet.com


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  08/17/21 - Carson StrongrJr/2023, Nevada, 6-3, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  NFL scouts have been prominent at Nevada football fall camp practices in the early going this season, and one of the big reasons for that is Carson Strong. The Wolf Pack's 6-foot-4 strong-armed quarterback has gotten first-round draft-pick buzz this offseason, with one mock draft putting him No. 1 overall. Nevada offensive coordinator Matt Mumme knows what a first overall draft pick looks like because he backed one up during his college playing days. Mumme played for Kentucky from 1997-99, overlapping with Tim Couch for two seasons.

Couch went No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns in 1999 following a standout college career under Hal Mumme, one of the inventors of the Air Raid offense and Matt's father. Both Mummes agree Strong is a better pro prospect than Couch, who in 1998 was a consensus All-American, the SEC player of the year and a Heisman Trophy finalist. Matt Mumme said his father, Hal, pegs Strong as a top-10 draft pick. "He thinks he's at least a top 10, and we both agree that he's better than Tim Couch ever was," Matt Mumme told Nevada Sports Net. "That's what I was telling the scouts. If I had somebody to try and compare him to, it'd be Tim Couch because Tim was the one I was around. But Carson is way smarter in football knowledge than Tim ever was, so that's where Carson kind of elevates above some guys." - NevadaSportsnet.com


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