UNLV: The returning starter at quarterback who heads into fall in the top spot on the depth chart after turning in a solid spring under the new coaching staff … Named Preseason Second Team All-Mountain West Conference by Lindy’s ... An experienced senior leader who served a two-year church mission in Mexico after high school … Will turn 25 years old at the end of September … Selected to represent the offense at July’s Mountain West Media Day event in Las Vegas … Put up big passing numbers as a junior but will look to dramatically reduce his interceptions total … Is just the sixth UNLV signal caller in history to have at least three 300-yard passing games in a career and is only the sixth from the program to post at least seven 200-yard passing games in a season … Just one more 200-yard effort will move Decker into a tie for eighth all-time at the school for such games … One of 15 Rebels who were named 2014 Academic All-MW.
2014: A midyear signee who took part in spring practice after enrolling in January … Won the starting job during preseason camp and went on to start 12 of 13 games in his first year as a Rebel … Passed for 2,886 yards, which was the third most in school history and 41st in the nation last fall … Completed 58 percent of his passes but his 18 interceptions ranked third in program history … Ranked third on the team with 366 net rushing yards (despite losing 213 on sacks) and second in rushing touchdowns with five … Finished third in the MW with 222.0 yards per game passing … Became the ninth different quarterback to start the opening game for UNLV in the last 11 seasons when he took the first snap at Arizona on Aug. 29 … Responded by becoming the fifth Rebel signal caller in history to pass for at least 250 yards in a lid-lifter and only the second to do it on the road … Also led the team in rushing against the Wildcats with 56 net yards on 10 carries … Decker also became the first junior college transfer to start the season-opening game at quarterback for UNLV since Jason Vaughan in 1999 … Against NIU, Decker completed 24 of 42 attempts for 397 yards and two TDs. The passing total ranked 13th in school history and was the most yards tossed by a Rebel since 1997 … Posted a second 300-yard game with a 346 -yard performance at San Diego State on Sept. 27 … Best start came on Oct. 10 when he led UNLV to an upset win over Fresno State by completing 29 of 40 attempts for 332 yards … That started a string of four games with at least 200 yards through the air … In the one game he did not start, at Hawai‘i on Nov. 22, he replaced freshman Jared Lebowitz to start the fourth quarter and was simply brilliant, completing 10 of 13 attempts for 187 yards, no interceptions and a season-best three touchdowns … His final scoring toss, a seven-yarder to tight end Taylor Barnhill with just 15 seconds remaining, was seemingly a game-winner but a highly controversial ending to the game included UH scoring on the final play of the night with no time on the clock.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Starred at Scottsdale CC for coach Doug Madoski for one season … A NJCAA Second Team All-American who put up gaudy stats in 2013 … Ranked the No. 8 JC pro-style QB in the nation by 247Sports … Led the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference with 269 completions in 456 attempts for 4,241 yards and 47 touchdowns with 11 interceptions ... His numbers for touchdowns and passing yards per game led the entire National Junior College Athletic Association … Also rushed for 390 yards and four scores as a sophomore … Named the Offensive Player of the Year for both the ACCAC and Western States Football League … Led the Fighting Artichokes to 10 straight wins, including a 50-42 victory over Dodge City CC in the Valley of the Sun Bowl on Dec. 7.
BYU: Spent the spring 2013 semester attending BYU as a walk-on hopeful after returning from his mission but never suited up for the Cougars and soon moved back to Arizona.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played nine games during his one season at Phoenix College in 2009 before leaving to serve a church mission.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Mountain View HS in Mesa, CA … Earned two varsity letters playing quarterback for coach Tom Joseph … Earned honorable mention all-state for the Toros, who finished 12-1 during his senior campaign.
PERSONAL: Blake Tod Decker was born Sept. 28, 1990, in Abilene, TX … The son of Tod and Liz Decker … Has two sisters and a younger brother … His father was a wide receiver at Ball State … Majoring in marketing.