The word “special” has been used a lot with this team and they have every reason to use it. Nevada’s confidence is at an all-time high heading into its second bye week of the season.
Rolovich had an enormous amount of praise for freshman running back James Butler and offensive lineman Austin Corbett.
Not only has Butler’s game opened a lot of eyes in the MWC but also Don Jackson’s game has improved because of Butler’s skill and maturity.
“His maturity & approach is top notch,” Rolovich said. “I don't think we see that too often from a true freshman, at least I don't.”
It's been clear to anyone paying attention that Butler is the real deal. You can’t teach some of the things he does on the field and being a freshman only makes it more impressive.
Corbett has been battling ankle injuries all season long but has fought through it and has made the city of Reno proud.
“There's a toughness in the local Reno kids,” Rolovich said. “It must be something in the water, in the Truckee.”
Senior leaders Brock Hekking and Cody Fajardo never lost faith in their team and now as a result, they are bowl eligible.
But Hekking clearly stated that’s only a minor goal because they are looking for the MWC championship.
Even though Hekking hasn’t had the best individual statistical year, he only cares about winning and that is what leadership is all about.
He had this to say about all of the double and triple teams he has faced throughout the season.
“It's, like, 'Can I get a free one, just once?' But it's fun because it's challenging," said a confident Hekking.
And when asked about being ready to play at the next level, his response is what has made him successful here at Nevada.
“I’m a fairly confident person when I play football and that’s how I like to play so we will just have to wait and see, but I’m looking forward to it though,” said a smiling Hekking.
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