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Nevada’s Carson Strong chosen for Davey O’Brien Watch List

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Nevada quarterback Carson Strong was one of 35 quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien Quarterback Class of 2020, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced Tuesday.

The redshirt sophomore, who has led Nevada to its remarkable 5-1 start, is atop the Mountain West in passing touchdowns (16), passing yards (1,973), passing yards per game (328.8 ypg), completions per game (28.5) and completion percentage (71.3) — each ranking among the Top-25 nationally. The 6-foot-4 signal caller ranks fourth in the conference in yards per attempt (8.2) and third in passer rating (160.6).

His 328.8 yards per contest is fifth nationally, trailing just UCF’s Dillon Gabriel (372.6), Florida’s Kyle Trask (351.3), Mississippi’s Matt Corral (343.0) and Alabama’s Mac Jones (341.0). That’s great company.

Strong has thrown for 300-plus yards in four of the Wolf Pack’s six games, including two 400-yard performances. He tallied a career-high 420 yards with four touchdowns in the season-opener versus Wyoming.

He was one of two Mountain West quarterbacks (Nick Starkel - San Jose State) to be named as well. Among the 35 chosen, the ACC has the most with seven. The 16 semifinalists for the award will be named on Dec. 7.