Wolf Pack football and the University of Nevada Reno provide some of the most competitive college football games I have seen. The crowd is intense, the coach is adamant about top performance and the players are on their game. Enthusiasm runs rampant through the community for the college team I have followed for over 20 years. The schedule, the travel and the opportunity Wolf Pack players get when they choose Nevada puts them in public view. Scouts know what we have and envy our talent. We are still riding our 13-1 awesome 2010 season and this fan expects another great year.
College Football Spring Games are Made of This
Mackay Stadium in Reno NV hosted the 10 AM Silver and Blue Spring Game. Tailgaters were allowed in the parking lot early so they could set up for early morning breakfast and fan trash talking about teams, the draft, and the myriad of themes that football fans everywhere follow. The gates opened at 9:30. One of the biggest features of the game was the price: Free. I did not get to attend the game this year, but radio and television provided snippets of information about the two-hour game.
New Scoring System
I cheer when coaches think of new ways to get the best out of the team. This year’s scoring system let the teams get extra points for such feats as long passing and running plays and for blocked extra points, including field goals.
The teams consisted of defense and offense. What an opportunity to meet your neighbor! There was no compassion on either side. These men have got their priorities straight. Winning is at the top of the list and that is what the Pack needs to survive upcoming games against Oregon, Boise State and Hawaii. Louisiana Tech and New Mexico will also provide a challenge.
New and Returning Players
Freshman Cody Fajardo, California Player of the Year and honor roll student joins the Pack as a quarterback. His name is all over the internet for good things, a role he brings with him to UNR. Willie Faataualofa returns as a junior this year. The defensive lineman, an excellent player, will provide great leadership as the team gears up for the season.
Graduates Whose Loss will Affect the Game
Graduate Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick, just drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and graduate Pack defensive end Dontay Moch, just drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals leave a void this year. Players like Kaepernick and Moch are hard to replace. Those who step into their shoes this season need to remember to listen to the coach and give the game all they can. As a dyed-in-the-wool Wolf Pack fan, I will support them at the game, while listening on the radio or watching on TV. Go, Pack!
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