Nevada Coach Jay Norvell Says Ty Gangi Will Be Likely Starting Quarterback In The Future
Norvell said in his postgame press conference that he would “think so” in response to being asked whether Gangi was the starter moving forward.
With Norvell’s Comments, Gangi Is Likely To Be Tapped For Starting Duties Against Toledo Next Week.
For various reasons, Nevada never officially announced who their starting quarterback would be for their season opener against Northwestern. Finally, it was revealed the morning of gameday by the Reno Gazette-Journal’s Chris Murray that junior Ty Gangi would be behind center against the Wildcats later that day.
After the game, in head coach Jay Norvell’s postgame press conference, he was asked whether Gangi would be the Wolf Pack’s starter moving forward. His response certainly seemed to indicate so:
“I would think so. Yeah, I would think so after today. I think Ty did a really good job in this game against an experienced defense. And, you know we’ll evaluate the film, and I was proud of the way he competed today. I thought he did a really good job… So we’ll look from the film, we’ll learn from it, we’ll try to help him as coaches. But no, I was proud of the way he performed today, and we’ll evaluate it and continue to help him.”
Gangi performed modestly on Saturday, which was a 31-20 loss for Nevada. He went 16-for-37 on passing, good for a mediocre 43.2 completion percentage. In addition, he hurled two touchdowns, but did toss an interception, due to a poor throw into double coverage.
Many of those incompletions were overthrown deep balls to streaking receivers, which certainly shows that Nevada’s recently implanted Air Raid offense still has some work to do, or at least could benefit from some more practice and learning from its inaugural attempt.
The signal caller competition was between Gangi, one of Nevada’s two starters last season, and junior transfer David Cornwell. Gangi started the final four games last season after senior Tyler Stewart got hurt, and saw action in a couple of games prior to the injury. Last year, he threw for 1,301 yards and had a completion percentage of 57.6 percent, although his touchdown-interception ratio was 7-6.
Cornwell transfered from Alabama after three seasons, primarily due to a severe lack of playing time. Entering fall camp, Norvell named Cornwell the starter “right now”, but evidently that changed over time, as Gangi took the majority of his reps with the first team for the past two weeks of practice.
Gangi is not officially penciled in as the starter next week, but with Coach Norvell’s comments and his performance on Saturday, it’s likely he will lead Nevada’s offense in their first home game in Reno next Saturday.
Next week’s game will be against Toledo at 4 p.m. Pacific Time, and can be streamed on ESPN3.