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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Non-AQ Top 25 Players: No. 3

By Andrea Adelson

No. 3 Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick was a threat to beat defenses running and throwing the ball.
He had one of the best statistical careers in NCAA history, but there are probably people out there who have never seen Kaepernick play. Hopefully more people are aware of him and his talent after an incredible 2010 season. We could go through a laundry list of his notable accomplishments, but you can Google all that. What stood out for the Nevada quarterback this past season was this: He became the third FBS quarterback in history to throw for at least 3,000 yards and run for at least 1,000 yards in a season, joining Brad Smith and Vince Young.

He joined Tim Tebow and Cam Newton as the only players to run for 20 touchdowns and pass for 20 touchdowns in a single season.

He put the Wolf Pack on his back and led the team to the best FBS season in school history. That includes a share of the WAC championship and one of the biggest upsets of the season -- an overtime win over Boise State.

His experience running the quirky Pistol offense paid off in a major way. His upright running style worked to his advantage, but so did his improved accuracy and arm strength, which allowed him to keep defenses honest and off-balance. He really was an equal threat to run and pass the ball.

Kaepernick ended the season with 3,022 passing yards and 1,206 rushing yards and was the WAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year with Kellen Moore of Boise State. Not bad for a guy who only started running the ball in college.