Nevada Football: Previewing The Running Back Position
Here is a look at the running back position for the Nevada Wolf Pack as they look forward to the 2019 season.
A Look At The Nevada Wolf Pack Running Back Position
With the 2019 football season fast approaching, we will take a look at the position groups for the Nevada Wolf Pack. The first position group we will look at is the running back position for Nevada.
The running back group for the 2019 Nevada Wolf Pack is a talented unit that is led by sophomore running back Toa Taua. Taua, the 2018 Mountain West Freshman of the Year, is already on some of the 2019 preseason award watch lists such as the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards watchlists.
Taua being included on these preseason award watch lists are due to his stellar play as a freshman in 2018 as he ran for 872 yards and scored six rushing touchdowns. Taua’s 872 rushing yards was good for tenth in the nation among freshman running backs last season.
Outside of Taua in the running back stable for Nevada in 2019 is fellow sophomore Devante Lee. In 2018, Lee only ran for 193 yards but he did score seven rushing touchdowns as he was the Wolf Pack’s feature back in the red zone. Lee underwent off-season surgery to repair an ACL tear in his knee and even though the team has not ruled Lee out for the 2019 season, he is expected to miss most of the season.
With Lee sidelined, there are other options for the Nevada Wolf Pack to utilize in the rushing attack in 2019. Jaxson Kincade and Kelton Moore are two experienced running backs who can contribute for Nevada while Devontae Lee is out. Moore was second on the team last season in rushing yards as he ran for 433 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns. While Kincade can step in and be the third running back for Nevada in 2019.
The Wolf Pack went into the junior college ranks and secured a commitment from Terrell Johnson. Johnson played for Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California during the 2018 season and ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Joining Johnson to add depth to the running back group is freshman Aubrey Washington and walk-ons Roger Neal and Russell Booze.
The running back position for Nevada has a talented star in Toa Taua and experienced players like Jaxson Kincade, Kelton Moore and JUCO player Terrell Johnson. However, losing Devantae Lee due to him recovering from ACL surgery in his knee will hurt Nevada in terms of depth and goal line scoring. But with the steady, experienced running backs like Kincade, Moore and Johnson, that should be more than enough to keep the running back position chugging along for the Wolf Pack in 2019.