1. QB Carson Strong, Nevada
All Strong had to do in his first college game was beat Purdue. Granted, that’s not like taking down Ohio State, but it was still a Big Ten defense for the new guy to deal with.
295 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions as he rallied the Wolf Pack to a shocking win.
Okay, so the 77-6 loss to Oregon the following week chilled things out a bit, but by the end of 2019 he found a groove, became more accurate, and finished the season with 753 passing yards in his final two games.
His 2020 started out with 420 yards and four scores against Wyoming and finished with a 22-of-28 day for 217 yards and five touchdowns as he bombed away in a bowl win over Tulane. The sophomore hit 70% of his passes on the year for close to 3,000 yards with 27 touchdowns and four picks in nine games.
Yeah, the NFL scouts are more than just a little curious.
He’s not a runner, and Fresno State’s Jake Haener will probably lead the Mountain West in passing, but he gets to start out the season with road trips to Cal and Kansas State in the first three weeks.
At the very least, Strong and the Wolf Pack will bring a whole lot of firepower.
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