Oregon Football

Five Players to Know: Nevada Offense

September 5, 2019

Nevada is coming to Autzen with some confidence. The Wolfpack had one of the greatest comebacks in college football with a late win over Purdue. Now it’s not that Purdue was a super-talented team, but rather Nevada had to score 10 points in the last 90 seconds to manage the feat.

Although Malik Henry is on the roster, it won’t be him the Ducks face this week. Nevada rode behind the arm of Carson Strong last week and boast a physical wide receiver group along with a banger at running back in Toa Taua. He’s also a threat out of the backfield which will be a key to this game.

Let’s take a look at my five offensive players from Nevada Oregon fans will want to pay attention to. 

Carson Strong (12), Freshman QB

Strong, who stands 6-4 and 220 pounds, certainly looks the part of a great college football quarterback. Against Purdue, he completed 30 of 51 of his passes for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns; he also added 34 yards on 6 carries.

Strong offers the threat of tucking the ball and running at any time. He’s able to extend plays in the pocket, but also tends to bounce around on his feet around a lot before he passes.

If Nevada gives him time, he can find success. If not, he’s not as good throwing on the run.

Toa Taua (35), Sophomore RB

Taua is a stout running back, carrying a solid 210 pounds on a 5-9 frame. Against the Boilermakers, he carried the ball only 12 times for 56 yards, but he had a massive game catching the ball – 8 receptions for 64 yards.

Taua runs hard for size. And while he doesn’t have otherworldly speed, he is a solid back who is able to hit holes hard and slip out of pass blocking to catch a dump-off pass.

Oregon will need to make sure they keep an eye on him, as Nevada likes to do a lot with the versatile Taua.

Elijah Cooks (4), Junior WR

Cooks is Nevada’s best offensive weapon at 6-4 and 215 pounds. He offers a good blend of speed, length and athleticism, and he had two big-time touchdown grabs last week.

This is the receiver that Oregon must make sure is smothered every play. He’s a go-to target for quarterback Carson Strong and is a good red zone threat with his length.

While he won’t be the fastest guy on the field, he does a good job at creating separation and being able to go up and get the ball.

Kaleb Fossum (3), Senior WR

Measuring just 5-9 and 190 pounds, Fossum certainly doesn’t look like a guy Oregon should be afraid of. But he is a very skilled route runner and doesn’t let his size hold him back. He has really solid hands and is a very safe target.

Fossum won’t often burn you deep. But you have to make sure he’s always covered across the middle as he is quick to turn upfield after the catch.

Romeo Doubs (7), Sophomore WR

The 6-2, 195-pounder had a very solid freshman campaign, catching 43 balls for 562 yards. Last week, he had 5 catches for 47 yards.

Doubs has a good first step. And while not massive, he is still proficient at using his body to make contested catches.

The Wolf Pack have a lot of solid weapons out wide. They will be looking to incorporate them all into the game if they hope to record multiple scores against this stout Oregon defense.

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