Third-year Nevada coach Brian Polian named junior quarterback Tyler Stewart the starter for the Wolf Pack’s opener, Thursday, Sept. 3 at home against UC Davis.
Polian cited Stewart’s experience as the biggest motivator for choosing Stewart over redshirt freshman Hunter Fralick, a Spanish Springs product.
In his redshirt freshman season (2013), Stewart played in seven games and led the Pack to a win over Hawaii in his only career start. He completed 21-of-37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns with two picks. He also has experience playing against the big boys in a hostile environment. Although the numbers won’t wow anyone, he completed 7-of-15 passes for 49 yards in a loss at Florida State—the eventual national champion.
Stewart only played in one game last season, mop up time in the rout at UNLV.
Polian said he originally planned to play both quarterbacks in the season opener but retracted that statement when he named Stewart the starter last week.
Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the story.
Thursday, Sept. 3 HOME vs. UC Davis 7 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 12 HOME vs. Arizona 4 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 19 AWAY @ Texas A&M 9 a.m.
Saturday Sept. 26 AWAY @ Buffalo TBD
Saturday Oct. 3 HOME vs. UNLV 4 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 10 HOME vs. New Mexico 4 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 17 AWAY @ Wyoming TBD
Saturday Oct. 24 HOME vs. Hawaii 1 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 5 AWAY @ Fresno State 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 14 HOME vs. San Jose State 1 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 21 AWAY @ Utah State TBD
Saturday Nov. 28 AWAY @ San Diego State TBD
Predicted record: 5-7 (4-4 Mountain West)