Nevada RB Taua likely to miss UNLV game

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Sixth-year senior running back Luke Lippincott will start for Nevada against UNLV this weekend.

Lippincott replaces starter Vai Taua, who suffered a shoulder injury against Missouri last weekend. Coach Chris Ault said although Taua had his arm in a sling during that game, the injury wasn’t as serious as originally thought.

“Vai is doubtful for this week,” Ault said. “Hopefully he’ll be OK the following week, but he’s doubtful this week at this particular time.”

Lippincott has 32 carries for 166 yards so far this season and 114 of those yards came against Missouri last week. However, Lippincott fumbled on the 3-yard line with Missouri leading 21-13 in the fourth quarter. The Tigers scored on the subsequent drive and pushed the game out of reach.

Still, Ault was pleased with Lippincott’s play and the play of sophomore running back Lampford Mark, who had three carries for 16 yards.

“Luke came in and really did a great job for us,” Ault said. “He fumbled on the 3-yard line going in, which is uncharacteristic of him, but I thought Luke played very well and I thought our sophomore running back Lampford Mark did a real nice job.”