Nevada Name Freshman Cureton As Starter Against Idaho State
For the Nevada Wolf Pack’s contest against Idaho State, Head Coach Jay Norvell has named true freshman Kaymen Cureton as the starter.
Jay Norvell is making a drastic change at quarterback.
In a shocking piece of breaking news that dropped on Monday afternoon, Nevada head coach Jay Norvell named true freshman Kaymen Cureton as the starting quarterback for their game against Idaho State. The news was first reported by Chris Murray of the Reno-Gazette Journal.
This announcement comes as a surprise given that the presumption was that David Cornwell, the Alabama transfer who played well in the spring and was briefly named the starter, would get the chance to play given that Ty Gangi’s performance thru two games (35 for 74 with a completion percentage of 47 percent, with 476 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions) has struggled to ignite the Wolf Pack offense.
Instead, Norvell has turned to Cureton, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound quarterback from Lawndale, California, who as a senior at Leuzinger High School, passed for 3,150 yards and 32 touchdowns while also rushing for 496 yards and six touchdowns. For his high school career, Cureton threw for over 10,000 yards and posted a 34-6-1 record as a starter at Leuzinger High School.
“He’s worked really hard for this”, Norvell said on Monday after announcing Cureton as the starter. “We’re excited to see him play and I think his teammates will rally around him and we’re looking forward to getting better Saturday night”.
With Cureton starting, look for Norvell and offensive coordinator Matt Mumme to utilize his athleticism in Nevada’s Air Raid offensive plan but expect the coaching staff to make Cureton run the basics of the offense to start off.
“We’ll reflect the things he does well as a player“, Norvell said. “We just want to execute our base offense and get the ball to open receivers and take advantage of guys when they’re deep and really exploit the coverage”
Cureton and the Wolf Pack offense may get their wish of throwing to open receivers on Saturday as they face an Idaho State Bengals team that gave up 341 yards passing last Thursday to the Utah State as the Aggies blasted the Bengals 51-13. Given the Bengals trouble with pass defense last week, look for the Wolf Pack to exploit Idaho State’s weakness to give Cureton a chance to shine in his first start on Saturday.
Cureton will be the first Wolf Pack true freshman quarterback to play since Jeff Rowe back in 2002. Time will tell if Cureton can perform well and give the Wolf Pack some stability and hope at the quarterback position.