Nevada Football: Carson Strong Named Starting Quarterback
The Wolf Pack have named their successor to Ty Gangi and answered one of the Mountain West’s most critical offseason questions.
QB1 has been named in Reno.
One of the biggest narratives in the Mountain West’s fall camps this month surrounded what had been a three-man competition for the starting quarterback spot at Nevada. Now, according to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, head coach Jay Norvell has found his new starter.
The announcement arrived after a spring and a fall in which Strong, a redshirt freshman, performed well and stayed healthy, the latter of which may have played a significant role in his selection. Cristian Solano, who’d started one game in 2018 and was the only quarterback on the roster with in-game experience on the FBS level, bowed out of camp earlier than expected because of a broken hand. Junior college transfer Malik Henry, who’d been our staff’s choice as the conference’s preseason newcomer of the year, has recently dealt with a hamstring injury.
Chris Murray of Nevada Sports Net noted that Strong will become the first Wolf Pack freshman to start a season opener since 1996, and the expectations will be high right out the gate. Ty Gangi finished last year with a solid 7.5 yards per attempt, a 60.5% completion rate, and 24 touchdowns, but avoiding turnovers and improving an Air Raid attack that surprisingly finished just 97st by Passing S&P+ will be a critical part of maintaining the continuity of an offense that nonetheless averaged 31.1 points per game last season.
The hope is that Strong can help Nevada come out strong in September against non-conference opponents, which has been a occasional struggle in years past: In 2017, for instance, Gangi won the starting job but gave way to David Cornwell and Kaymon Cureton after a pair of underwhelming performances; in all, the Wolf Pack haven’t finished higher than sixth by passer rating in non-conference play since their first year in the Mountain West back in 2012.