Nevada football picked to finish third in West Division in Mountain West Conference poll

HENDERSON — Senior tackle Jake Nelson and sophomore running back Toa Taua were selected to the Mountain West’s Preseason All-Conference team,  by the league at its annual media event at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in southern Nevada.

 Nevada, coming off a resounding 8-5 record in 2018, was picked third in the West Division by the media panel. Fresno State was picked to win the West, followed by San Diego State. Hawai`i was fourth, following by UNLV and San José State.

Taua was the Mountain West’s Freshman of the Year in 2018 after bursting on the scene with 872 rushing yards last season. 

He’s been named to the national watch lists for the Maxwell Award (national player of the year) and Doak Walker Award (top running back) for the upcoming season. 

 Nelson, a senior, was an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection a year ago. 

He’s started 25 games in his career and last year led the Wolf Pack to a ranking of 14th nationally in pass protection as the Union allowed just 1.17 sacks per game.

 Boise State was the top pick to win the Mountain Division with Utah State as the only other Mountain team to receive first-place votes. 

The rest of the Mountain Division was: Air Force, Wyoming, Colorado State and New Mexico.

The preseason honorees and the media poll were announced Tuesday morning by the Mountain West as the league opens up its two-day media summit.

Third-year head coach Jay Norvell along with team representatives wide receiver Kaleb Fossum and linebacker Lucas Weber will take part in league social media initiatives and meet with members of the media today.

Season tickets for the 2019 season are available for as low as $99 and three-game mini-plan packages are also on sale now for as low as $42. 

Single-game tickets for all six home games are also available now with prices as low as $17 per game, with discounts available for children and seniors. Get your tickets today by calling 775-348-PACK or visiting

 The fan-friendly schedule includes four home games before mid-October and concludes with the rivalry game against the Rebels as Nevada will be seeking revenge and possession of the Fremont Cannon. 

So far, three of Nevada’s home games are set for daytime kickoffs.

 In 2018, the second year under head coach Jay Norvell, Nevada won eight games for the first time in its Mountain West history, and captured the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl in thrilling fashion with an overtime victory. 

Coming off a second place finish in the West Division of the Mountain West, the Pack’s 2019 recruiting class has been ranked as high as second in the conference by national publications. Fall camp for the Pack opens on Aug. 1.


2019 Mountain West Preseason Poll

Mountain Division

1. Boise State (15)                  120

2. Utah State (6)                     108

3. Air Force                             73

4. Wyoming                            66

5. Colorado State                     52

6.  New Mexico                       22

West Division

1. Fresno State (17)       122

2. San Diego State   (3)            106

3. Nevada                                74

4. Hawai‘i (1)                           67

5. UNLV                                  51

6. San José State                      21