RENO, Nev. -- Nick Graziano will take the lead as starting
quarterback when the Nevada football team opens its season Saturday
Head coach Chris Ault said the 6-foot-1, 220 pound sophomore has
earned the start, but added that redshirt freshman Colin Kaepernick
will also see some playing time.
"Kap is going to play in situational opportunities, whatever
that might be," Ault told the Reno Gazette-Journal after Monday's
practice. "I don't know what those are today, but he is going to
"But Graz is the starter and he's earned it," the coach said.
Graziano, from Moraga, Calif., is the only quarterback on the
Wolf Pack roster with college experience. He backed up three-year
starter Jeff Rowe last season, and in limited playing time
completed nine of 17 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The 6-6, 215-pound Kaepernick, from Turlock, Calif., was the
scout team quarterback last season.
"They're young, they're inexperienced, but they're going to be
fun and they're going to do some things," Ault said.
Nevada also has three true freshmen quarterbacks, Luke Collis,
Pete Murdaca and Ryan Howard. Collis is listed as the third-string