Nevada lands six on Mountain West honoree list
Six Nevada football players have earned Mountain West honors for the 2019 season, including defensive end Dom Peterson who was named first-team All-Mountain West. Freshman kicker Brandon Talton earned second-team honors, while senior defensive back Daniel Brown, sophomore wide receiver and punt returner Romeo Doubs, senior linebacker Gabriel Sewell and sophomore running back Toa Taua earned All-MW Honorable Mention accolades.
Peterson was named first-team All-MW for the first time in his career after proving to be the Wolf Pack’s most dominant defensive lineman this season. The sophomore ranked second in the conference and led Nevada with 13.5 tackles for loss, 13 of them being solo. Peterson also ranks second in the MW with eight sacks, averaging .73 per game which is good for 28th in the nation. He recorded at least one tackle for loss in all but one game this season, and had his best performance of the year in a 21-10 win over New Mexico where he recorded four solo tackles, three for loss and two sacks.
Talton had a stellar year in his first season with the Wolf Pack, sitting at seventh all-time in Nevada single-season history with 18 successful field goals, making the first 12 of his career without a miss. He was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week on three occasions, including after week one when he drilled a 56-yard field goal to beat Purdue. His 18 field goals rank fourth in the MW, while his 56-yard game-winner was the second-longest field goal made by anyone in the conference this season.
Brown cemented himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the conference this season, as he ranked tied for second in the Mountain West with four interceptions while averaging .40 per game. Those four interceptions are tied for 14th in the nation this season, while the .40 picks per game are 15th. Brown totaled 41 tackles, 29 of them solo and three tackles for loss that totaled 12 yards. His five pass breakups ranked third on the team. Brown’s best game came in the season opener against Purdue when he picked off two passes, including one late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired.
Doubs lived up to the hype following his freshman campaign, ranking second on the Wolf Pack with 44 receptions, 649 yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore led the Wolf Pack with 14.75 yards per reception and hauled in the longest touchdown of the season, a 75-yard catch-and-run against San Jose State. His 167 receiving yards against the Spartans in that game were the fourth-most by any MW receiver in a game this season, and was the most of his career in a single contest.
Sewell made the most of his senior season with the Silver & Blue, ranking third on the team with 52 tackles with 24 being solo. He ranked second on the team this season with 5.5 tackles for loss that totaled 14 yards, as well as registering a pass breakup and a forced fumble. He had a career day in the Wolf Pack’s win against Weber State, registering 3.5 tackles for loss. As one of the Pack’s primary linebackers this season, he recorded at least two tackles in every contest.
The reigning MW Freshman of the Year continued his dominant play into his sophomore campaign, as Taua led Nevada with 759 yards on the ground in 2019. On 190 attempts, he scored six touchdowns while averaging four yards per rush. Putting together 63.25 yards per game, Taua went over the century mark twice this season with a huge game against San Jose State where he totaled 160. He also put up 135 at Fresno State, where he scored the game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds left in regulation. He played in all 12 games this season, totaling double-digit carries in all but one contest.