Nevada wide receiver Romeo Doubs is a prime example of a common expression—actions speak louder than words.
Doubs kept his words short and simple during a post-game press conference. But the actions afterward speaks volumes on his tremendous character.
He took the podium following a career-high 167 receiving yard performance to help Nevada secure a 21-10 victory over New Mexico on Nov. 2. When asked about his impressive play, the sophomore wideout didn’t soak in the spotlight.
“It was a great team win,” he said. “We all practiced hard to build that week of preparation and it showed. Coming out and getting the win was huge, that’s all I really care about. I’m not into my stats or anything if it doesn’t translate.”
Soon after the press conference, Doubs signed autographs on his cleats and gloves for a pair of young Wolf Pack fans who watched him play in attendance. It’s those redeeming qualities that makes him appreciate suiting up on Saturdays.
“This game will humble you very quickly, so you have to appreciate the little things,” Doubs said. “Whenever I can make a play or do something to contribute, it drives me to be better.”
Doubs lets his play do the talking. He leads Nevada with 616 receiving yards on 38 receptions and two touchdowns in nine games this season. His straight-line speed off the line of scrimmage has added a downfield threat for the Wolf Pack offense.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Carson Strong has gained a huge trust in Doubs’ play-making ability. The duo connected on a 57-yard touchdown against New Mexico, the longest touchdown completion of Strong’s career.
“Romeo is just unbelievably fast,” Strong said post-game. “All I have to do is close my eyes and throw it up as far as I can and I have all the faith that he can come down with it. He’s a game-changer.”
Strong and Doubs formed an immediate connection in the spring and it’s grown ever since. Both players came to Nevada during the 2018-19 season.
“Me and Carson [Strong] started this a while ago,” he said. “When we were both here, we kind of built of that chemistry…I kind of knew with me and Carson [Strong], that was going to bond. I just had a feeling.”
Doubs’ dedication on the field has translated into a successful sophomore campaign. He’s increased his receiving total from 562 last season and has remained a constant threat out wide or on special teams, returning punts.
His first collegiate touch was an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown against Portland State.
Head coach Jay Norvell has taken note of Doubs’ work ethic.
“I’m really proud of Romeo [Doubs] and how hard he’s worked,” Norvell said. “He plays with so much heart and you can see how much he loves this game.”
Before his blazing speed touched the Nevada sidelines, Doubs was a two-sport athlete in track and field and football at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, Calif. On the gridiron, he recorded 2,000 all-purpose yards during his senior year.
He earned first-team all-city honors twice and led Jefferson High School to a league title in three consecutive seasons. With nearly two seasons under his belt, it’s safe to say that Doubs’ athleticism has translated well with the Wolf Pack.
“I try to use my speed to create those mismatches,” he said. “Whenever I see an opening down the field, I feel like I can sprint to it and find me open.”
Doubs’ big-play ability has added another element to the Wolf Pack’s ever-growing offense. Norvell and the Nevada coaching staff are finding more ways to get him out in open space.
“It was good to see Romeo go and get some of those big plays,” Norvell said. “He’s certainly capable of that. We need to find more ways to get him the ball and allow him to have that rhythm.”
With two seasons of eligibility left, Doubs will remain a weapon in the Wolf Pack offense for years to come.
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