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Wolf Pack RB Toa Taua ready for 2021's 'Last Dance' and committed to Nevada for 2022

Toa Taua
Toa Taua waits for his family after a Nevada game during the 2021 season. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics)

Wolf Pack football is preparing for Monday's Quick Lane Bowl without a number of star offensive players, some who left the school via transfer and others who are preparing for the NFL draft.

But standout running back Toa Taua, the Wolf Pack's top offensive weapon in this game, will be in uniform and wants his teammates to have fun when they face Western Michigan at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions.

"I want to see our guys have fun," Taua said. "Go out there and do what they love to do with the guys the love doing it with. Just being able to go out to Detroit and do what we're coached to do and execute the plays that were drawn up, and do it while having fun is really what I want to see because these guys deserve it all, especially the seniors that aren't coming back. The season didn't end the way we wanted it to, but it's like 'The Last Dance' as Vai likes to call it."

That would be Vai Taua, the team's interim head coach for the bowl game and the Toa's older brother. Toa said seeing his brother get the opportunity to be the Wolf Pack's head coach is important for his family. Vai Taua also has agreed to stay on Ken Wilson's staff for the 2022 season.

"This means a lot to him," Toa said. "Not just being the interim head coach, but this program, this community, the people, he loves this program and he gives his all each and every day. He shows respect, he shows accountability and he shows his hustle each and every day, and his loyalty to this program and community. I just feel like it's a perfect opportunity for him to get better at what he loves to do."

Last week, Taua announced he would return to Nevada for his final college season, a welcomed boost to a program that has had 16 players enter the transfer portal since Jay Norvell left for Colorado State. Taua, who has rushed for 704 yards and scored six touchdowns in 2021, explained why he wanted to stick with Nevada for his final year of eligibility.

"I feel like Nevada gave me the perfect opportunity at a young age to showcase what I was able to do," Taua said. "They showed so much love, not only to me but my family. This program has done more for my family and I than any program would every offer. Other programs may have shown love to me, but no program has shown love to my family the way this program has. It's hard to turn your back after all this program has done for me to leave and part ways. This is home to me. I wanted to make it known this is home, this is where I want to be and this is where I want to win a championship."

You can watch Toa Taua's full NSN Daily interview below.

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