The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Nevada Wolf Pack.
No. 99: Nevada Wolf Pack
Spring Practice Starts: March 27
Spring Game: April 28
Nevada Wolf Pack Spring Status
After a rough first season under head coach Jay Norvell, the Wolf Pack have the systems in place now to finally get this all going. After a rough 1-8 start, they won two of their last three games and showed how the offense might start to roll. Now it has to be more consistent.
QB Ty Gangi has enough time under his belt to run the Air Raid attack a bit more efficiently, and just two starters are gone. They’re good ones – OT Austin Corbett and WR Wyatt Demps – but the offense should be terrific.
Can the defense do its part? A disaster for most of last season, it loses just four starters, but is loaded in the secondary and gets back six of the top seven tacklers.
Nevada Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Outside linebacker. There will be a fight for the left tackle spot, and a No. 1 wide receiver has to emerge, but the loss of Austin Paulhus at strongside linebacker and Travis Wilson on the weakside might be the biggest early issue. Paulhus led the team with 112 tackles and Wilson was a nice running mate and playmaker in the backfield. Lucas Weber and Kyle Adams – they combined for 36 stops last season – will try to upgrade the spot.
Nevada Biggest Issue
The punting game. It would be nice to get a little something from the ground game – even though that’s not the design of the offense – and doing more defensively is a must, but improving the field position is vital.
Quinton Conaway averaged under 40 yards per kick getting little help from the hunt coverage team. The Wolf Pack allowed 16.5 yards per punt return, mostly because of a kick-six against San Diego State.
Nevada Biggest Positive
And here comes the passing game. The Wolf Pack needed a little while to rev it up, and leading receiver Wyatt Demps is done, but in all, 14 of the top 15 pass catchers are back for the high-powered attack. Gangi ended up with 2,746 yards and 25 touchdown passes with 414 yards against San Diego State and 428 against Colorado State. And now everyone knows what they’re doing.
Really, Why Are The Nevada Wolf Pack Ranked Here?
Can the defense start keeping teams under 40 points on a regular basis? The Pack gave up 41 or more in six of their last nine games, and the offense couldn’t quite keep up. The experience is there on both sides of the ball with the bar set at being at least three wins better. The Pack need to go bowling again.