Best Nevada Offensive Player
QB Ty Gangi, Sr.
Someone had to run the Pack Attack, and after a lengthy process, Gangi emerged at the top of the quarterback chart. The 6-2, 210-pound JUCO transfer took over late in the 2016 season and was fine, but he threw six picks with his eight touchdown passes. Last season, he hit 61% of his throws for 2,746 yards and 25 scores with 11 picks, and ran for four touchdowns. There’s no question now – this is his gig.
2. C Sean Krepsz, Sr.
3. WR McLane Mannix, Soph.
4. RB Kelton Moore, Jr.
5. WR Brendan O’Leary-Orange, Jr.
Best Nevada Defensive Player
DE/LB Malik Reed, Sr.
The 6-1, 250-pound all-star pass rusher followed up a strong 59-tackle, five-sack season with 49 stops and seven sacks with ten tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
He’s not all that lean, but in his tweener role he’s lightning quick around the edge. A defensive end last year, now he’ll work more as an outside linebacker. For a D that had a hard time getting to the quarterback – but was great at getting into the backfield – he’s the catalyst.
2. S Dameon Baber, Sr.
3. S Asauni Rufus, Sr.
4. LB Gabriel Sewell, Jr.
5. S Nephi Sewell, Soph.
Key Player To A Successful Season
CB Daniel Brown, Jr.
Or senior Ahki Muhammad, or anyone who can play corner for a pass defense that crumbled far too often. After losing Vosean Crumbie (early NFL entry) and Elijah Moody (dismissed from the team), last year’s horrible Wolf Pack secondary has even more issues to deal with. The safeties should be fine, but if the corners are better, the defense will be in for another long season.
Key Game To The Nevada Season
at Air Force, Sept. 29
The Wolf Pack had Air Force in trouble. In a fun, wild 45-42 Falcon win, they suffered one of their three really, really close-but-not-quite losses, and this year, they need to be on the right side. They’ll have to steal a road win somewhere along the way, and with Fresno State and Boise State up next, it has to be here.
2017 Nevada Fun Stats
– Time of Possession: Opponents 34:16 – Nevada 25:44
– Penalties: Opponents 91 for 873 yards – Nevada 59 for 551 yards
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 12-of-22 (55%) – Nevada 11-of-28 (39%)