WSU Football Notebook: The latest on Nevada

THE WOLF PACK will come into the game against the Cougs (7:30 pm, ESPN) relatively healthy. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported starting freshman left tackle Austin Corbett is day-to-day (left ankle sprain) and was still in a boot at Monday's practice, the last practice open to media. Nevada coach Brian Polian said Corbett is the only player on the two-deep chart who might not play Friday.

The only other injury news of note appears to be that second-team defensive tackle Kevin Sundberg (concussion) has returned to practice and looks to be available, RGJ reports.

Still, if Nevada's left tackle is indeed out when they kick it off Friday night, what might that mean for Xavier Cooper and crew on the d-line? Might SAM Cyrus Coen also take advantage and put up a crooked tackles number in his season debut? Something to watch for ...

TV viewers will notice a familiar face in the broadcasting booth on Friday night.

Former Duck coach Mike Bellotti will be the color analyst, joining play-by-play man Mark Neely with Dawn Davenport the sideline reporter on ESPN’s telecast.

Pre-game Quotable: “Wazzu might have good running backs, but we'll never know. They don't run the ball.”
- Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal

Nevada’s practices have been closed since Monday but what has come out makes it sounds like Nevada might have a two-pronged approach to their pass rush.

One, nothing fancy, just point straight ahead and go. Two, everyone get their hands up to try and knock down some of Washington State’s short passes ...

Noting how quickly Washington State often gets rid of the ball in its passing game, partly to stave off a pass rush, Nevada defensive end Brock Hekking said, "I'm not going to be as fancy with my moves." - Reno Gazette-Journal.

Nevada made the move from 1-AA to 1-A/FBS in 1992. Against BCS/Power 5 teams since ’92, Nevada is 5-26, though it should be noted there have been a number of close losses by a touchdown or less over their more recent history.

The Wolf Pack has played at least two BCS/Power 5 teams per season every year since 2006. Nevada is 4-15 in those games.

In an RGJ game-preview story, they gave WSU the edge at five positions (including coaching) while Nevada got four check marks:
Edge to Nevada: QB, RB, DL, DB
Edge to Washington State: WR, OL, LB, ST, Coaching

Nevada is calling for a white-out in the stands for Friday’s game.

Wolf Pack players will get in on the act as well. They’ll be wearing all-white uniforms against WSU.


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