Caleb Herring was named the Mountain West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week Monday morning after breaking Randall Cunningham’s school record for passing percentage in a game while helping lead UNLV back from a 21-point deficit during a 31-21 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.
However, that still wasn’t good enough for the 6-foot-3 senior, the first UNLV quarterback since Omar Clayton in 2009 to gain the award, to be named the starting quarterback for this week’s game against an FCS school, Western Illinois.
UNLV coach Bobby Hauck, who pointed out that sophomore Nick Sherry had also set a school record for pass completions in a season opening loss at Minnesota, said he wanted Herring and Sherry to battle it out in practice this week before picking a starter.
“Both of those guys, I think, excel when they’re competing during the week,” Hauck said. “I would anticipate both of them playing.”
Still, considering Herring came off the bench to complete 24-of-28 passes (85.7 percent) for 266 yards and three touchdowns to lead UNLV to just its seventh victory in 41 games under Hauck, it seemed like a no-brainer that Herring would get the call.
Which got us to thinking. I wonder what Allen Iverson would think of Hauck’s decision to put so much weight into this week’s practice before announcing his starter. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)