Casa Grande grad Nick Sherry’s story just got better. He’s slated to start at quarterback as a red-shirt freshman when the University of Nevada Las Vegas plays its opening game Aug. 30 against Minnesota, the Las Vegas Sun reported this week.

It’s the latest twist in the adventures of Sherry, a 2011 grad who threw for 25 touchdowns and more than 2,600 yards in his last season with the Gauchos. He was originally on track to go to Colorado on a full scholarship, but the Buffalos rescinded the offer in December of his senior year.

UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck heard about that news and quickly moved to urge Sherry to become a Rebel.

My colleague Bob Padecky wrote of Sherry’s signing day in the winter of 2011. The young man related a big prediction that Hauck made that morning in a congratulatory call. Sherry said the coach told him:

“When I get off the phone I’m going to tell the media here that we just got a quarterback that is going to lead us to a championship.”

The Sun reports that Sherry will become only the third freshman quarterback in school history to start a season opener.  Here is the Sun story.

And here is Padecky’s 2011 column on how the young man had overcome the Colorado setback and, despite intense interest from other schools, stuck by his decision to go to UNLV.

— Robert Digitale