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Nevada Wolf Pack: The race for the 2017 QB begins now

Tyler Stewart is the starting quarterback for Nevada, but he is gone after this year and that makes the backup spot very valuable.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack football team have entered the halfway mark of fall camp as they prepare for the start of the 2016 season.

Senior quarterback Tyler Stewart is the clear cut starter this season but the battle to be Stewart’s backup is yet to be determined.

Sophomores Hunter Fralick and Ty Gangi are the quarterbacks looking to hopefully become Stewart’s backup quarterback, and this race for the backup spot will give the Wolf Pack coaching staff a glimpse into who will be in the lead position to become the starting quarterback next season.

With Stewart sitting out of Monday’s practice, head coach Brian Polian was able to get a good look at both Gangi and Fralick.

“Fralick has really come on in the last two days and Gangi you can see can make plays with his feet,” Polian told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Monday.

Fralick was the No. 2 quarterback last year behind Stewart and saw time in three games against UC Davis, Arizona and San Diego State; he attempted three total passes and scored a rushing touchdown against San Diego State.

He is not bursting at the seems with experience and that allows for Gangi to have a shot for the backup position. Both of these players are sophomore but the edge in knowing the system could go toward Fralick.

Gangi enrolled in spring and was named co-backup with Fralick after just the two weeks of practices.

Prior to enrolling at Nevada, Gangi played at Ventura College where he completed 194-of-300 passes for 2,288 yards all while throwing 21 touchdowns to only six interceptions; he also was named to the All-Northern Conference first team

While Nevada has three other quarterbacks on the roster — Junior Dante Mayes, redshirt freshman, Cristian Solano, and walk-on Joe Pyle — Polian said the decision for the backup job will “go down until the middle of next week.”

Nevada opens up the 2016 season against Cal Poly on Sept. 2.