Mark Expected To Start In Place Of Taua, Lippincott

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With their top two running backs out for the Hawai'i Bowl, Nevada will be turning to Lampford Mark to pick up the slack.

The sophomore is expected to make the first start of his career when the Wolf Pack takes on Southern Methodist in Thursday's Hawai'i Bowl.

Mark has rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns in limited action this season. He is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

His best game of the season came during Nevada's 62-7 win at San Jose State when Mark rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Freshman Mike Ball and junior Courtney Randall will also see more playing time.

On Saturday, Nevada announced leader rusher Vai Taua would be academically ineligible for the Hawai'i Bowl. The Pack was already without senior Luke Lippincott (broken toe) who rushed for 1034 yards.