Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Nevada Wolf Pack season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in Mountain West
Head Coach: Jay Norvell, 3rd year, 11-14
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEVADA OFFENSE
– It wasn’t exactly the type of Air Raid passing attack that was expected, but the offense was able to move the ball through the air – averaging 279 yards per game – and it came up with enough power and toughness on the ground to balance things out. The consistency might not have been there and the scoring pop wasn’t what it should’ve been, failing to hit the 30-point mark eight times.
– Who’s at quarterback? Ty Gangi wasn’t Drew Brees, but he threw for way over 3,000 yards with 24 touchdowns as an experienced leader for the attack. He’s gone, and now it’s a battle for the gig going into fall camp.
Backup Cristian Solano has the early edge with good mobility as well as time in the system, but former Florida Gator Malik Henry is in the hunt, as is 6-4, 220-pound redshirt freshman Carson Strong.
– The Wolf Pack might lose leading yardage receiver McLane Mannix to Texas Tech, but this is still a deep corps with the next seven top receivers returning. It’s a versatile group that can get deep and knows what it’s doing – it’ll help out the new quarterback with yards after the catch.
– The rushing trio of Toa Taua, Kelton Moore and Devonte Lee are just the start of the deep group of running backs that should get past the 2,000-yard mark – the ground game went for 1,976 last season with 24 touchdowns – with enough work.
The O line that was so strong in pass protection won’t be a massive concern, but the entire starting interior is done. The tackles, though, are all-star caliber – Nate Brown and Jake Nelson are rocks.