5 Blake Decker

  • Quarterback
  • Grade: Senior
  • Height: 6′2″
  • Weight: 205 lbs
UNLV: The returning starter at quarterback who heads into fall in the top spot on the depth chart after turning in a solid spring under the new coaching staff … Named Preseason Second Team All-Mountain West Conference by Lindy’s ... An experienced senior leader who served a two-year church mission in Mexico after high school … Will turn 25 years old at the end of September … Selected to represent the offense at July’s Mountain West Media Day event in Las Vegas … Put up big passing numbers as a junior but will look to dramatically reduce his interceptions total … Is just the sixth UNLV signal caller in history to have at least three 300-yard passing games in a career and is only the sixth from the program to post at least seven 200-yard passing games in a season … Just one more 200-yard effort will move Decker into a tie for eighth all-time at the school for such games … One of 15 Rebels who were named 2014 Academic All-MW.

2014: A midyear signee who took part in spring practice after enrolling in January … Won the starting job during preseason camp and went on to start 12 of 13 games in his first year as a Rebel … Passed for 2,886 yards, which was the third most in school history and 41st in the nation last fall … Completed 58 percent of his passes but his 18 interceptions ranked third in program history … Ranked third on the team with 366 net rushing yards (despite losing 213 on sacks) and second in rushing touchdowns with five … Finished third in the MW with 222.0 yards per game passing … Became the ninth different quarterback to start the opening game for UNLV in the last 11 seasons when he took the first snap at Arizona on Aug. 29 … Responded by becoming the fifth Rebel signal caller in history to pass for at least 250 yards in a lid-lifter and only the second to do it on the road … Also led the team in rushing against the Wildcats with 56 net yards on 10 carries … Decker also became the first junior college transfer to start the season-opening game at quarterback for UNLV since Jason Vaughan in 1999 … Against NIU, Decker completed 24 of 42 attempts for 397 yards and two TDs. The passing total ranked 13th in school history and was the most yards tossed by a Rebel since 1997 … Posted a second 300-yard game with a 346 -yard performance at San Diego State on Sept. 27 … Best start came on Oct. 10 when he led UNLV to an upset win over Fresno State by completing 29 of 40 attempts for 332 yards … That started a string of four games with at least 200 yards through the air … In the one game he did not start, at Hawai‘i on Nov. 22, he replaced freshman Jared Lebowitz to start the fourth quarter and was simply brilliant, completing 10 of 13 attempts for 187 yards, no interceptions and a season-best three touchdowns … His final scoring toss, a seven-yarder to tight end Taylor Barnhill with just 15 seconds remaining, was seemingly a game-winner but a highly controversial ending to the game included UH scoring on the final play of the night with no time on the clock.
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