RENO - NV When Kaleb Fossum transferred to Nevada from Washington State he was expected to make an immediate impact, but his season ended the same day it started when he dislocated his knee against Northwestern. But before he returns to the gridiron he's joining the Wolf Pack baseball team.
"I played baseball my whole life and then I stopped when I got to college. I was going to play at Washington State, but it just didn't end up working out and I saw coach Bruce in the weight room passing through during football season and we just kind of talked and kind of came up with this deal about walking on in the spring," said Fossum.
And there's a few members of the Pack Fossum already has history with.
"Jake Jackson and Josh Zamora played with Kaleb in high school and are pretty familiar with Kaleb," said Wolf Pack baseball coach T.J. Bruce.
"Coming from football the guy has the best work ethic I've ever seen and just competes on the mound and back in high school he was pretty darn good," said Jackson.
"We kind of grew up together, so we kind of faced all the ups and downs together. I know he's a grinder, he's gonna put all his energy out in the field, and he's gonna give 100 percent," added Zamora.
And Fossum's decision to play baseball has full backing from the football team.
"They're all really, really supportive about it and just telling me make sure I get my stuff right, make sure I stay healthy and just stay good to the schedule because it's going to be a little hectic," said Fossum.
As for Fossum's role with the baseball team, he's willing to do whatever is asked.
"I'm just a left handed pitcher, so that's my position. I don't know whether I'm going to relieve or what the role is going to be, but I just want to contribute any way I can," said Fossum.