New & Improved Pack Visit Bronco Stadium

Three teams are currently tied atop the WAC football standings. Two of them--Boise State and Nevada--meet this Saturday in Bronco Stadium in a game that is a guaranteed sellout. Here's what we can expect from the Wolf Pack.

Two surging football teams meet on the gridiron with a tie for first place in the WAC on the line as Boise State hosts Nevada this Saturday afternoon at 1 in Bronco Stadium. Boise State has won 5 in a row while Nevada has taken 3 straight contests since losing to Colorado State 42-21. Nevada opened at home against Washington State, losing 55-21 before a 22-14 win over cross-state rival UNLV. Since the Colorado State loss, Coach Chris Ault's team has downed San Jose State 30-23, Idaho 62-14 and Louisiana Tech 37-27.

Nevada's roster is much like Boise State's last year--60 percent of the team is freshmen and sophomores and 36 percent of the two-deep squad is underclassmen.

The offense has been productive, averaging 32.2 points a game and 43 points per contest in WAC play. Nevada operates their own version of the shotgun, called the "Pistol", similar to Idaho and Hawai'i's offenses that utilize four receivers and only one running back. It has been effective due to the running of senior running back B.J. Mitchell. Mitchell is coming off a career performance in Nevada's win over Louisiana Tech two weeks ago. Mitchell destroyed the Bulldogs with 149 yards rushing and four touchdowns, his second straight 100-yard game.

Junior quarterback Jeff Rowe is having another fine season leading the Pack, and is now ninth on the all-time list at Nevada with 4,065 passing yards. His career passing efficiency stands at 144.56.

Rowe's favorite target has been Nichiren Flowers, who is 6th in the Nevada record books with 189 career receptions. Flowers has racked up 2,320 yards. The performance of Caleb Spencer has given Nevada versatility; Spencer is 3rd in the WAC in receptions with 37.

The strength of the defense is its secondary, as the Pack are 1st in the WAC in pass efficiency defense. Nevada employs a 3-4 defense, with Roosevelt Cooks leading the unit with 41 tackles and 5 sacks.

Justin Bergendahl is 2nd in the WAC in punting while Kevin Stanley poses a threat on punt returns for Nevada with a fine 9.8 yards per return average.

Chris Ault, who returned to the sidelines last year, is now 172-72-1 in 21 seasons at Nevada. There is no doubt that an Ault-coached team will be ready to play.

Nevada Offense:

Strong Tackle #68--Adam Kiefer (6-4, 300, Sr.)

Strong Guard #70--Barrett Reznick (6-1, 280, Jr.)

Center #61--Dominic Green (6-3, 285, Fr.)

Weak Guard #75--Charles Manu (6-3, 300, So.)

Weak Tackle #58--Tony Moll (6-4, 300, Sr.)

"X" Receiver #5--Kyle Sammons (6-0, 195, Jr.)

"Y" Receiver #83--Anthony Pudewell (6-3, 240, Jr.)

"Z" Receiver #87--Caleb Spencer (6-0, 180, Jr.)

Flanker #84--Nichiren Flowers (6-3, 210, Sr.)

Quarterback #3--Jeff Rowe (6-5, 220, Jr.)

Running Back #8--B.J. Mitchell (5-8, 210, Sr.)

Nevada Defense:

Defensive End #98--Charles Wilson (6-4, 275, Jr.)

Nose Tackle #57--Matt Hines (6-1, 285, So.)

Defensive End #90--Craig Bailey (6-4, 260, Sr.)

SAM Linebacker #30--Joshua Mauga (6-2, 235, Fr.) or #55 Selevasio Fauolo (6-3, 220, Jr.)

WOLF Linebacker #26--Roosevelt Cooks (5-10, 220, Sr.)

MIKE Linebacker #44--Jeremy Engstrom (6-1, 235, So.)

B Linebacker #56--Ezra Butler (6-2, 255, So.)

CB #23--Joe Garcia (6-0, 182, Jr.)

CB #2--Kevin Stanley (6-0, 175, Sr.)

SS #29--Roderick Stallings (5-10, 195, Jr.)

FS #24--Mike Samples (6-0, 195, Fr.)

Nevada Special Teams:

PK #13--Brett Jaekle (6-2, 225, Fr.)

Punter #69--Justin Bergendahl (6-2, 210, Sr.)

Kickoff Returns #5--Kyle Sammons (6-0, 195, Jr.) and #89 Mike McCoy (6-0, 190, Fr.)

Punt Returns #2--Kevin Stanley (6-0, 175, Sr.)

 

 

 


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