Colorado State comes into Mackay Stadium leading the conference in scoring (34ppg) and yards per game (500).The Wolf Pack certainty need to come in all guns blazing on Saturday night. Nevada hopes to shake last week’s homecoming debacle, where Quarterback Cody Fajardo threw an uncharacteristic 4 interceptions. Nevada’s defense was also nothing to write home about as they allowed 570 total yards, with 224 of those coming on the ground.
“We’re not concentrating on what happened last year at Colorado St, or even last week against Boise, we want to win this one,” stated Coach Polian. Nevada definitely needs to have a short term memory coming into this week. Colorado State’s offense is similar to Boise St, they both run an offense that consists of a lot of shifting and unbalanced formations. So Nevada needs to be ready.
Getting lost in the shuffle of their great offense, Colorado State also brings in a very talented defense. Colorado State's defense allows (22.6ppg) which is third in the MW, but it has shown cracks, especially in run defense, they allow more than 200 yards per game. The defense is led by junior linebacker Cory James. Coach Polian, singled out James as one playmaker Nevada has to keep its eye out for. “I think in the second half Cory James personally destroyed Boston College. He’s defiantly a player we have to keep good contain on.”
Another unique storyline heading into Saturday’s game is the quarterback battle between Nevada’s Cody Fajardo and Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson. It’s not every day we see a matchup putting two of the conference’s top quarterbacks up against each other. Grayson comes in as the conference’s number one ranked quarterback. Putting up monster numbers in the process. Besides their play on the field the two are great friends off the field.
Both Fajardo and Grayson were roommates at the Manning Quarterback Academy. So Saturday’s game will reunite the two friends in a competition of superiority. “I consider Garrett a really good friend, we actually text each other back and forth helping each other prepare for opponents. I texted him last week before Boise, since he played them the week before.” But despite the two star quarterback’s friendly relationship, Fajardo insists there will be nothing friendly about Saturday. “We really want to rebound from last week, I’m going to come in ready and I’m sure Garrett will too.”
One interesting note, Garrett Grayson was limited in practice this week, with a sore shoulder. So that’s one thing to keep an eye on as we approach game day.
Nevada and Colorado are slated for a 7:34 kickoff at Mackay Stadium. Game will be aired on CBS Network.
Video of the entire press conference can be viewed below.
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