From NCAA College Football Information & Resource
Colin Kaepernick (Born Colin Rand Kaepernick on November 3rd, 1987 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) plays quarterback for the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack in the NCAA college football tournament. Kaepernick has had a breakthrough season in his redshirt freshman year since taking over Nevada's offense five games into the season. Colin started the Wolfpack's last seven games of the season and threw for 2,038 yards and 19 touchdowns with just three interceptions and added 567 rushing yards and six more touchdowns enroute to being named as the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Colin finished the season ranked 2nd in the league (5th in the nation) in passing efficiency and seventh in the league in rushing.
Colin was adopted at birth by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, who previously lost two babies, one at 31 days and the other just four days old. He has an older brother named Kyle, and an older sister named Devon. Aside from football, the pre-business major also plays baseball and basketball. Colin has played football since he was 8, grew up rooting for the Packers and Brett Favre, and used to wear a no.4 jersey while playing football prior to his stint as a Wolfpack.
Colin attended Pittman High School in Turlock, Calif. where he was a three sport star and was nominated for all state in football, basketball, and baseball during his senior year. In the basketball court, Colin was a first team all CCC selection at forward and led his 16th ranked team to a near upset of the number 1 ranked Oak Ridge Trogans after scoring 34 points in the opening round of playoffs.
In the baseball field, Colin was a two time all state baseball player in California and was listed as a draftable prospect on Major League Baseball's website in the class of 2006. He earned Northern California athlete of the week honours as a pitcher and was also a member of the Brewers Grey squad in the 2005 Area Code games. As a senior, Kaepernick, who was reported to throw 92 MPH fastball, pitched two no-hitters in highschool play.
In the football field, Colin completed 112-of-188 passing attempts for 1,954 yards and 25 touchdowns with six interceptions as a senior. He went on to be named as first-team all-district, all-conference and all-academic while also bagging the Central Cal Conference MVP. He also took part in the Berkeley and Las Vegas "Elite 11" camps.
Several schools, including Notre Dame, Michigan, Fresno State, UC Davis and Tennessee, offered Kaepernick a scholarship, however, they were interested in signing him up as a baseball player. There were also some Ivy League schools who recruited him for football but he instead signed up with Nevada.
Kaepernick lost the starting quarterback job to sophomore Nick Graziano in fall camp. Nonetheless, he played in two of Nevada's first four games as a back-up, completing 1-of-3 passes in a loss to Nebraska in the season opener then went 1-of-3 for 12 yards with an interception in the win against Nicholls State. However, Colin gained a chance to play after Graziano sustained a season-ending injury against Fresno State. He entered the game halfway in the second quarter and finished the game completing 23-of-36 passes for 384 yards and 4 touchdowns in a losing cause against the Bulldogs. The following week, Colin got his first career start as the Wolfpack visited Boise State, with the Broncos yet to lose on their home turf and entered the game favored to win by 26 points. But the young Kaepernick and the rest of the Wolfpack gave the Broncos a run for their money extending the game into four overtime periods before losing on a failed two point conversion attempt. Despite the defeat, Colin would catch the nation's eye after rushing for 177 yards and three scores, and throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the game that became an ESPN Instant Classic.
Since then, Colin has guided the Wolfpack to three straight wins against Utah State, Idaho, and New Mexico State. Against the Aggies, Kaepernick completed 15-of-28 passes for 237 yards and three scores while running for 136 yards and two touchdowns to guide Nevada to a 40-38 win and earn for himself the WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Nevada suffered back-to-back losses after that, bowing to Hawai'i (9-of-20 for 134 yards and 1 TD; 11 carries for 23 yards and 1TD) on a last minute field goal before losing to San Jose State (12-of 22 for 252 yards and 2 TDs). Colin and the Wolfpack would rebound in the regular season finale, trouncing Louisiana Tech, 49-10 to earn for themselves a third straight postseason bowl game which is a first in school history. Kaepernick was 18-of-29 for a season-high 404 yards and three touchdowns against La. Tech.
Colin finished the regular season second in the WAC in passing efficiency with a rating of 161.1 (5th in the nation) and is seventh in the league in rushing with 56.7 yards per game. He was also named as WAC's Freshman of the Year, to become only the second WOlfpack to bag the award after Chance Kretschmer won it in 2001.
|Colin Kaepernick and the Wolfpack took the Broncos to the limit in a quadruple overtime loss that was deemed as an ESPN Instant Classic.|
- 2007 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year
- 2007 Rivals National Freshman of the Week
- 2007 WAC Offensive Player of the Week (1x)
- Colin Kaepernick Nevada Profile
- Colin Kaepernick Stats @ ESPN
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