RENO, Nev. - Colin Kaepernick certainly left his mark at Nevada, re-writing the record books during his incredible career. And he may soon be a starter in the NFL.
Kaepernick electrified the country last night, making his first career start in the 49ers' 32-7 win over the Chicago Bears.
"It feels amazing," Kaepernick said after the game. "I wanted to come out and show what I was capable of; show that I can be a starter. And that's what I've been trying to prove."
It was also a big moment for the Wolf Pack. Their excitement about Kaepernick's performance was palpable at practice on Tuesday.
"I didn't sleep last night, that's how excited I was," said head coach Chris Ault. "What an exciting time for him, well deserved. I know he's fired up now, so hang on, the best is coming."
"I knew it was coming," echoed offensive tackle Jeff Nady. "He's the man, I've seen what he's capable of doing, so it was no surprise to me."
Zach Sudfeld wasn't surprised by the performance either. "Not at all. If you know Kaep, you know what he is capable of. We were just happy that he got his opportunity and he took advantage of it."
Kaepernick finished the night completing 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the defense widely believed to be the best in the NFL this season. It's led to a genuine quarterback controversy at 49ers camp.
"We usually tend to go with the guy who has the hot hand, and we've got two quarterbacks that have got a hot hand," said 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. He admitted that he has not yet made the decision who the starter will be going forward.
"I thought Colin did an outstanding job," Harbaugh added. "I thought he did a great job, poise in the pocket, throwing with accuracy. Everything he did was exemplar."
Alex Smith missed the game after suffering a concussion the week before against the Rams. He has not yet been cleared to resume play by team doctors.
The 49ers take on the Saints this Sunday in New Orleans.