Nevada County is 25 days away from one of the biggest events of the year. It is not the Nevada County Fair nor is it one of it's many festivals but the opening kickoff of the Nevada Union Miners football season.
The Miners are a top notch program which is coming off a 7-4 season. Both Maxpreps and the Sacramento Bee have stated they will be one of the teams to keep an eye on for a section title.
NU quarterback Kyle Cota will be back under center for the Miners in 2012. In 2011 he compiled 1768 passing yards while completing .663 percent of the time.
New Addition - Cole Hannum who in 2011 played for Marysville.
Mark your calendars for a road trip to Elk Grove on September 21, this could be one heck of a game.
I have posted additional information about the team below. It looks like it is going to be another great football season in Grass Valley.
Nevada Union (Grass Valley)
Coach: Dave Humphers
Update: The Miners return a wealth of talent and gain a spectacular newcomer with the section's first WOW summer transfer. Former Marysville star RB/LB Cole Hannum is now in Grass Valley, giving NU three terrific linebackers as he joins Tanner Vallejo (Boise State) and Hank Humphers, son of the veteran coach who is his 22nd season as head man. Hannum rushed for 1,827 yards and 16 scores last season for Marysville. NU has good lines, team speed, a crafty quarterback in Kyle Cota and an active defense. It's all there for a title run.
Tanner Vallejo selected to the 2011 All-Section Team
Nonleague of note: NU opens with McQueen (Reno, Nev.), then renews the best rivalry in the section from the 1990s and early 2000s with No. 3 Grant, before No. 5 Pleasant Grove.
Projection: The Miners won D-I section titles in 1993, '94, 2007 and '09 under Humphers, who said this group is just as talented. Players understand and appreciate NU history, too. Winners of the brutally difficult Sierra Foothill League generally win section titles, as did Del Oro and Granite Bay in recent seasons.