Nevada Football: Wolf Pack Defense Making Strides

Nevada Football: Wolf Pack Defense Making Strides


Nevada Football: Wolf Pack Defense Making Strides

Nevada Wolf Pack Fall Camp Update

Here are a few notes and observations after almost two weeks of fall football camp with the Nevada Wolf Pack.

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Fall Football Camp Report For the Nevada Wolf Pack

With almost two weeks of practice in the books, here are a few observation
on the Wolf Pack as they work their way thru fall camp as they prepare for
the start of the 2017 season.


Let’s be honest here, the Wolf Pack’s run defense in 2016 was bad. I was
going to go with charitable but bad sums it up perfectly. Nevada
was ranked last in the Mountain West Conference in rushing defense as they gave up 297 yards a game on the ground last season.

When fall camp began, new defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel ended his
introduction speech by saying the mission statement for the Wolf Pack

“We’ve got to stop the run, we’ve got to stop the (bleep) (bleep)
run,” Casteel said after the first week of practice via

Almost two weeks since fall camp has opened, the Wolf Pack defense so
far has improved when it comes to stopping the run.

Nevada quarterback David Cornwell is impressed with this unit’s improvement so far in camp.

“I’d say I’m most please with the defense” Cornwell said. “I came in here and everybody said, they can’t stop the run. Either we can’t run the ball or they’re doing a dang good job of stopping it.”

Malik Reed has seen that change in the mindset of the defensive players unfold.

“Guys are taking it more seriously”, Reed said. “We know that was a big problem last year. We were 128th in the country in run defense. To take that next step and be where we want to be, we have to stop the run. Point blank, period.”

Casteel, who is in his first season as defensive coordinator with the Wolf Pack, sees the improvements by the defense against the run but knows that they must continue to emphasis it and the real test will come against actual competition.

“We were last in the country in run defense last year,” Casteel said. “Until
we have an opportunity to change that, that’s who we are. “When we’ll know
we’re better is when we start playing against somebody in a different color


During the early days of Nevada’s fall camp, the Wolf Pack has had all five of their quarterbacks get a chance to run plays with the first team offense.

David Cornwell, the Alabama transfer and projected favorite to start week 1 for Nevada, did get most of the reps with the first team early last week in camp but sophomore Ty Gangi, who started five games last season, also got a good portion of the first team reps as well.

Along with Gangi and Cornwell, JUCO transfer Griffin Dahl, freshman Kaymon Cureton, and sophomore Cristian Solano have had practice snaps with the Wolf Pack’s first team offense early in camp.

“I really feel like we have a lot of quarterbacks who can play,” Norvell said about all of the quarterbacks getting first team reps last week. ” I’ve been really impressed with all of them in camp. It’s hard to give guys repetitions. We’re just changing it up and giving different guys the chance to work with the first unit”.

Norvel has said that he will have his quarterback depth chart set before the Northwestern game on September 2nd.

My unscientific guess is that despite the other quarterbacks getting some looks with the first team offense, Cornwell should get the start for the Wolf Pack when they face the Wildcats barring injury or a poor camp performance the rest of the way.


Here is a video of Nevada walk-on kicker Spencer Pettit finding out that he has won a scholarship.

Congratulations to Pettit on working his way from walk-on kicker to scholarship athlete.

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