Head Coach: Jay Norvell
Nevada Players to watch:
**Sophomore DE Dominic Peterson (6-0/315)
Peterson was named first team All-MW for the first time in his career after proving to be the Wolf Pack’s most dominant defensive lineman this season. The sophomore ranked second in the conference and led Nevada with 13.5 tackles for loss. Peterson also ranks second in the MW with eight sacks. He had his best performance of the year in a 21-10 win over New Mexico where he recorded four solo tackles, three for loss and two sacks.
**Sophomore RB Toa Taua (5-8/220)
The 2018 MW Freshman of the Year led Nevada with 759 yards on the ground in 2019. On only 190 attempts, he scored six touchdowns and averaging four yards per carry. His best game came against San Jose State where he totaled 160 yards. He also put up 135 at Fresno State, and scored the game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds left in regulation.
Senior CB Daniel Brown (5-11/185)
Brown ranked tied for second in the Mountain West with four interceptions. His four interceptions are tied for 14th in the nation. Brown totaled 41 tackles, 29 of them solo and three tackles-for-loss. His five pass breakups ranked third on the team. Brown’s best game came in the season opener against Purdue when he picked off two passes, including one late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired.
***rFreshman PK Brandon Talton (5-10/165)
Talton had an outstanding first season with the Wolf Pack. He was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week on three occasions, including after week one when he drilled a 56-yard field goal to beat Purdue. His 18 field goals rank fourth in the MW, while his 56-yard game-winner was the second-longest field goal made by anyone in the conference this season.
Coach: Frank Solich
Ohio Players to watch:
Senior FS Javon Hagan (6-1/210)
Hagan has compiled 315 career total tackles; accounted for 32 career passes defended; picked off six passe; and has forced nine career fumbles with four career fumble recoveries. A starter in 47 of the 51 career games and a three-year team captain, Hagan earned All-MAC first team selection for the second year in a row after being named to the All-MAC second team in 2016 and ’17.
Senior QB Nathan Rourke (6-2/209)
Rourke earned All-MAC first team honors after being named All-MAC Second Team each of the previous two seasons. He ranks second in program history with 9,860 career yards of total offense and first with 259.5 yards of total offense per game. He ranks first in program history with 50 career touchdowns scored (third-most among active FBS players) and fourth with 300 points and has been responsible for a program-record 110 touchdowns (second-most among active FBS players).
Senior OT Austen Pleasants (6-7/328)
Pleasants all earned All-MAC recognition for the first time. The athletic left tackle helped pave the way for the MAC’s highest-scoring offense in 2019 in terms of total points (416, fourth-most in program history) and points per game (34.7, fourth-most in program history).
*Junior RB De’Montre Tuggle (5-10/198)
While redshirt freshman O’Shaan Allison led the team in rushing with 823 yards. Tuggle, a JUCO transfer from Kilgore College of the National Junior College Athletic Association, finished the regular season third on the team in points scored with 66. Tuggle also had 668 total yards from scrimmage with a 6.2 yard per touch average.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 3, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
BYU 49, Western Michigan 18