University of Nevada, Reno senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year along with Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore and Chris Ault earned Coach of the Year honors in the All-WAC selections that were announced Monday, Dec. 6.
Kaepernick led five Nevada players on the All-WAC first team. Running back Vai Taua earned first-team All-WAC honors for the third straight year. Tight end Virgil Green, offensive lineman John Bender and defensive end Dontay Moch were also on the All-WAC first team.
Junior wide receiver Rishard Matthews earned second-team All-WAC honors along with sophomore guard Chris Barker, junior linebacker James-Michael Johnson and junior cornerback Isaiah Frey.
Kaepernick, a senior quarterback from Turlock, Calif. (Pittman HS), is second in the WAC in total offense with 308.8 yards per game. He became the third quarterback in NCAA history to pass for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in a season. He has thrown for 2,830 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 1,184 yards and 20 scores to rank tied for third in the nation in points responsible for with 18.5 per game. He is the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and has tied the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 59 in his career. Kaepernick has thrown just seven interceptions and has a 154.2 passing efficiency rating. He was named the WAC’s Freshman of the Year in 2007 and was the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. This is Nevada’s third Offensive Player of the Year award as running back B.J. Mitchell won it in 2005.
Ault earned his second WAC Coach of the Year award after leading Nevada to a 12-1 record and a share of its second WAC title. Ault, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, is in his third stint with the Wolf Pack and has a record of 218-97-1 (.691) in 26 seasons. Nevada is heading to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Jan. 9, its sixth consecutive bowl game.