Nevada Wolf Pack
Location: Reno, NV
Coach: Jay Norvell (3-9) 2nd Season
Stadium: Mackay Stadium (Capacity: 29,993)
8th: Mountain West (3rd West Division)
110th: Division I
2017 In A Sentence: Nevada made legitimate offensive strides in the second half of Coach Norvell’s first season, and after starting 0-5, the Pack finished 3-4 to wind up 3-9 overall.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: OT Austin Corbett started 48 consectutive games for the Wolf Pack and was a three-time All-MWC performer. In his senior season, he did not allow a sack in any league game. He was drafted this past spring in the NFL Draft in the second round by the Cleveland Browns.
Key Players: Two-time All-MWC DE Malik Reed will make the move to linebacker this season. The now-senior tallied 10 tackles for loss, including eight sacks as he tore up the backfield last year. Reed was also a turnover creater in forcing a total of four fumbles . He recorded 49 tackles on the season. He will hope to lead a better performance overall, however, from his side of the ball where the Wolf Pack gave up almost 34 points per game.
Fearless Prediction: Nevada’s high-powered air-raid offense, a manageable non-conference schedule and a conference slate in which the Wolf Pack’s toughest opponents travel to Reno could result in a bowl bid and even could sneak up in the MWC West Division race.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States– the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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