A two-time All-American, Alex Van Dyke was one of the most electrifying wide receivers in school history. He broke three NCAA records during his career (since broken), including receiving yards (1,854), receptions (128) and all-purpose yards (3,100). Van Dyke scored 26 touchdowns in just two seasons and still ranks in the Nevada top 10 in every career receiving, all-purpose and kickoff return category. He was a unanimous selection as the 1995 Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in receptions per game (11.7) and yards per game (168.6) as a senior. In 1996, Van Dyke became the highest draft pick in school history after being taken 31st overall by the New York Jets, and went on to spend five seasons in the NFL (three with the Jets and two with the Philadelphia Eagles).The unanimous selection at wide receiver on Nevada’s “Team of the Century” in 1998, Van Dyke owns Going Vertical, a state-of-the-art training facility for athletes, in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif.
University of Nevada sophomore Mitchell Van Patten’s outstanding shooting this season along with his freshman year and his performance at the Winter Airgun Championships this past weekend has earned him a spot on the USA Junior National Team. Van Patten, from Nampa, Idaho is one of 14 shooters on the junior team.