All of the locals on Mountain West football rosters this season

Parker Houston
San Diego State's Parker Houston, a Sparks native, is entering his senior season for the Aztecs. (Ernie Anderson, SDSU Athletics)

Five of the 12 teams in the Mountain West have at least one player with Northern Nevada ties on their roster for the 2019 season. Nevada, predictably, has the most with 13 local players on its roster, with Boise State second with three. Here's a look at all of the locals on MW squads this season.

Boise State

LB Benton Wickersham, junior, Elko: Wickersham grew up a Boise State fan and walked on to the program in 2017 when he played 14 games with 16 tackles. Last year, he had 19 stops and this year he could earn an even larger role.

OL Ben Dooley, freshman, Fallon: Dooley, a three-star recruit who helped Fallon win a Class 3A state title last season, is in his first season at Boise State. He picked the Broncos over offers from Cal, Nevada, Washington State, SDSU and UNLV.

QB Kaden Bennett, freshman, Reno: A Reno kid, Bennett played his high school ball in Folsom, Calif., but we'll count him. He's a dual-threat true freshman quarterback who is expected to redshirt in 2019.

Fresno State

RB Peyton Dixon, freshman, Reno: The first 3,000-yard rusher in a single season in Nevada high school history, the Bishop Manogue alum picked Fresno State over Nevada, UNLV and Wyoming and should redshirt this season.

San Diego State

TE Parker Houston, senior, Sparks: One of the best tight ends in the MW, Houston is a Reed High alum and three-time MW All-Academic team honoree. The preseason Mackey Away watch list nominee has caught 27 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in his career. Houston is a team captain for SDSU as a senior.

DE Wyatt Draeger, freshman, Reno: The Reno High graduate is a first-year player for the Aztecs after being a late addition to San Diego State's 2019 recruiting class. He is a continuation of SDSU's typically strong pipeline to Northern Nevada.

New Mexico

OL David Zavala, senior: Zavala is a little different case as he's from Lakewood, Calif., but redshirted at Nevada during the 2015 season and now plays for New Mexico, which will visit Mackay Stadium this season.


WR Reese Neville, junior, Yerington: A walk-on from Yerington, Neville has appeared in three games with the Wolf Pack and is looking for his first career reception.

WR Jeshua Fixel, freshman, Sparks: A true freshman, Fixel walked on at Nevada this year after tallying 3,694 rushing yards and 75 touchdowns in his career at Excel Christian.

LB Lucas Weber, senior, Reno: A sixth-year senior from McQueen High, Weber will start for Nevada at middle linebacker and will be in the mix to be a team captain.

TE Reagan Roberson, junior, Gardnerville: The Douglas High alum scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime of Nevada's Arizona Bowl win over Arkansas State.

LS Karson Thomas, sophomore, Reno: From Wooster High, Thomas is the man to beat for the long-snapping job as Nevada looks to replace Bishop Manogue High alum Wes Farnsworth.

DE Zak Mahannah, junior, Reno: The Reno High alum spent two years at American River College before redshirting at Nevada last season.

LB Sheldon Wilkinson, sophomore, Spring Creek: A 2017 Spring Creek High graduate, Wilkinson is entering his third season with the Wolf Pack and looking to make his program debut.

LB Ryan Madole, freshman, Reno: The Damonte Ranch High graduate redshirted as a freshman at Nevada last season.

OL Nathan Edwards, junior, Reno: The favorite to win Nevada's starting center job, Edwards is a Galena High graduate who played in 12 games last season, mostly on extra-point and field-goal attempts.

OL Trey Hamilton, freshman, Reno: A Reno High alum, Hamilton walked on at Nevada last season and redshirted.

DE Jacob Drahos, junior, Carson: Drahos is a legacy as his dad played for the Wolf Pack. The Carson High graduate has played in one game in three seasons at Nevada and moved back to defensive end from tight end this offseason.

WR Will Barnard, sophomore, Reno: Barnard, a Reno High alum, began his career at Wayne State, where he appeared in nine games on special teams and as a reserve wide receiver last year. This is his first season at Nevada.

DE Sam Hammond, junior, Yerington: Hammond walked on at Nevada before earning a scholarship last season. He had 17 tackles in 2018 and will compete for a starting job this year.

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