Eastern Washington’s defensive coordinator, John Graham, admitted recently that his team faces a difficult challenge in trying to deal with Nevada’s starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior.
Kaepernick is one of two 1,000-yard rushers returning for the Wolfpack this fall, and has somehow managed to fly under the national radar, despite his running ability and the fact that he also completed 58.9 percent of his passes (166-282) for 2,052 yards and 20 touchdowns as a freshman last fall.
I’ve included some of Graham’s comments on Kaepernick below, along with this link to an entertaining story on the adopted QB that ran recently in the New York Times.
Here’s what Graham had to say about Kaepernick, who has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons as the trigger man in Nevada coach Chris Ault’s offense:
“At 6-6 and 225 pounds, he’s just huge.He’s just huge, He doesn’t look that fast on film, but he really eats up ground in a hurry.
“We’ve watched seven, eight, maby nine games and the guys never gets tackles hard. Nobody ever gets a good shot at him, because he’s so good at stepping away from tackles. As much as he runs it, you’d think somebody would eventually get a clean shot at him, but that hasn’t been the case in the film we’ve watched.”
A short advance on EWU’s season opener against Nevada will run in Thursday morning’s S-R, and I will have a game story from Reno ready for Friday’s paper. In the meantime, you can check out what EWU’s sports information department posted about the upcoming game here, and read read the pregame notes supplied by Nevada’s sports info folks here.