Nevada 2003: Picked up where he left off nine months ago in rushing for 170 yards on 26 carries in the season opener vs. Southern Utah. Rushed for over 1,000 yards (1,162, eighth-best in school history) and had five games over 100 yards rushing. Had a long of 34 yards. Added 156 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns at San Jose State and added two catches for 29 yards to earn Sept. 22 Offensive Player-of-the-Week from the WAC. Now ranks among NCAA rushing leaders and was as high as eighth earlier in the year. Has rushed for over 100 yards five times this season. Added his third 100-yard game with 120 yards vs. SMU. Limited at Washington with a shoulder bruise and only carried four times for 12 yards. Had a season-high 171 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns at Tulsa and added a TD pass to quarterback Andy Heiser for five yards on a halfback option. Ran for over 100 yards at Rice for his fifth such performance of the season. Is on the Doak Walker Award Watch List, which goes to the nation's top running back. Third in the WAC in rushing. Ranks fourth in career rushing and rushing attempts and sixth in career touchdowns. Named team's offensive MVP and picked up second-team All-WAC accolades. Now fourth on the all-time rushing list at the school with 2,969 yards. Nevada 2002: Limited to 67 yards in the season opener vs. Washington State, he suffered a concussion in the second half and missed a week-and-a-half of practice leading up to the Pack's second game with BYU. Though he didn't start, he carried the ball for eight yards on his first carrry, only to be hit out of bounds on the left knee. The injury turned out to be an ACL and he was lost for the season. The Doak Walker Award nominee was also a pre-season All-America selection (third team) by the Football News. He finished the year with 75 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown. 2001: Kretschmer became just the second freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing by gaining a school record 1,732 yards. He averaged 157.5 yards per game, including a record-setting night at UTEP to conclude the season. He rushed for 327 yards (234 and four TD's in the second half alone), six touchdowns and carried the ball 45 times, all one-game school records, and finished the season with a WAC freshman mark of 1,732 yards. He picked up his second WAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week award for his efforts at UTEP. His 302 carries is an NCAA freshman record and by leading the nation in rushing, he duplicated former WAC and now NFL star Marshall Faulk's 1991 performance for San Diego State. Kretschmer had eight games over 100 yards (one over 300 and one over 200 are included in that total). He had his seventh game of over 100 yards with 126 vs. Fresno State. He had 190 yards and three touchdowns at San Jose State and set the Nevada freshman one-season rushing record in San Jose. He became the 10th Nevada back to rush for over 1,000 yards vs. SMU, the 15th time that has been done at the school. He had 242 yards vs. La Tech, the sixth-best, one-game total at Nevada and a freshman one-game record at the school. He gained 106 yards alone in the first half and had a long run of 69 yards to lead the Nevada offense. He added his fifth straight 100+ performance with 134 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown at Rice. Against UNLV, he had 163 yards. The red-shirt freshman running back from tiny Tonopah, Nev., earned a scholarship, just awarded Sept. 10 after coming here as a walk-on in 2000. He ran for 94 yards in little more than a quarter of action in his collegiate debut as a reserve at BYU and had 162 against Hawaii in earning WAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Kretschmer, a calf roper who grew up on a ranch, had 1,405 yards total offense and 1,460 all-purpose yards. Limited to 81 yards at Boise State, his lowest production of the year, he came back with 99 vs. SMU. 2000: Red-shirted. Walked on and worked his way up the depth chart during spring drills, getting impressive reviews from the coaches. High School: Was a three-sport star at Tonopah H.S., a 2A school. Won Division Championship as a freshman and junior in football and as a junior and senior in basketball. All-State in football and basketball all three years and led state in rushing his last two years with over 3,800 yards. Personal: Born 11/24/81 in Tonopah, NV. Parents are Ray and Lynn Kretschmer. Major is undeclared. Had five TD's rushing and 316 yards on the ground in a high school game.
Rushing G/GS Att Yds Avg TD's TOff
2003 12/12 245 1,162 4.7 12 1,167
2002 2/ 1 27 75 2.8 1 75
2001 11/ 9 302 1,732 5.7 15 1,732
Totals 25/22 697 2,969 4.3 28 2,974