Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Nevada Wolf Pack season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Nevada Wolf Pack
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Nevada Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
There’s your adjustment period, Jay Norvell. Now it has to start working.
Of course, the reason the Hal Mumme-inspired Air Raid offense isn’t being used across the college football landscape is because defenses have adjusted.
Yeah, go ahead and dink and dunk to your heart’s content, but the time of possession battle will be a killer and when the thing doesn’t work, it really doesn’t work.
But Nevada has always been known for being a little different offensively, highlighted by the Pistol attack that Hall of Fame former head coach Chris Ault and Colin Kaepernick made famous. Considering it’s been next to impossible to ever put together a decent D in Reno, why not wing it all over the yard?
Norvell had a year to get the thing off the ground, and with Matt Mumme as the offensive coordinator, and former Hawaii statistical superstar passer Timmy Chang working as part of the mix, at least the guys are in place to run it.
And now, after averaging close to 400 yards per game and coming on strong late in the season the passing game should start to be more consistent.
Leading receiver Wyatt Demps is gone, but all of the other targets are back for veteran QB Ty Gangi to work with. There isn’t a ton happening for the running game compared to what happens through the air, but the backs are in place to do more.
The Nevada defense is always going to be the Nevada defense, but it’ll be bigger up front, the safeties are good enough in the 3-3-5 alignment, and the pass rush is okay. The D got hammered for 471 yards per game, but the experience is there to be a little better – and that should be enough.
Can Nevada go from rebuilding to a bowl game in a year? If the Pack Attack O dominates from the start, the team might just do even more.