RENO, Nev. The University of Nevada had six players recognized by the Western Athletic Conference on Monday as the league released its annual All-WAC awards.
Freshman quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named the league’s Freshman of the Year after throwing for 2,038 yards and 19 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Kaepernick started just eight games for the Pack.
“Being named Freshman of the Year is a great honor and it is an award that I share with my teammates,” Kaepernick said.
Junior running back Luke Lippincott and junior center Dominic Green was named to the All-WAC first team. Lippincott led the league in rushing with 1,380 yards, an average of 115.0 per game. He also led the WAC in scoring with 18 touchdowns and was second in the league in all-purpose yardage with 139.6 yards per game. Green anchored an offensive line that paved the way for the league’s top rushing attack. Nevada averaged 488.9 yards of total offense, which ranks seventh nationally.
Senior tight end Adam Bishop (14 catches, 7 touchdowns, 15.9 yards per catch) was named to the All-WAC second team. Joining Bishop on the second team were senior nose guard Matt Hines (45 tackles, 6.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks) and Ezra Butler (team-high 86 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries).
“I am very pleased for Dom, Luke, Colin, Adam, Matt and Ezra,” Nevada coach Chris Ault said. “Each one of them is very deserving of post-season honors.”
Nevada will continue its season with its recent invitation to the New Mexico Bowl. The Wolf Pack will take on New Mexcio in Albuquerque on Dec. 22 on ESPN.
Note, the complete list of All-WAC awards can be found by clicking the PDF at the top of this page.