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2003 PREVIEW: Nevada Wolf Pack

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The program turned a bit of a corner last season going from being a fun team with an explosive offense, but no defense, to a fun team with an explosive offense, but no defense that wins. Things could've been a whole bunch better, but the Wolf Pack couldn't pull out close games against , , and losing to those four by a total of 19 points. What was the problem? Yup, the defense.

Wolf Pack
Team Information
Head coach: Chris Tormey
5th year: 10-25
9th year: 43-48
Returning O Lettermen: 23
Returning D Lettermen: 29
Returning ST Lettermen: 2
Ten Best Players
1. RB , Jr.
2. DE , Sr.
3. FS , Jr.
4. RB , Soph.
5. LB , Sr.
6. P , Sr.
7. OT , Jr.
8. LB , Soph.
9. CB , Jr.
10. WR , Soph.
2003 Schedule
8/30 Southern
9/6 at
9/20 at
9/27 SMU
10/4
10/11 at
10/18 at
10/25
11/1 at
11/8
11/15
11/29 at
had major problems coming up with a big stop against the good teams allowing to score 44, to put up 38, to score 50 and to explode for 59. The good news is that ten starters return to the defense with an eleventh, defensive back , that might be as good as any of the Pack defenders. Now that experience has to translate into production as a few big stops will be the difference between a good year and a great one. This is the most experienced team Chris Tormey has ever coached, so expect this to be one of the sleeper teams in the WAC. The Schedule: Other than the misfortune of missing from conference play, the schedule isn't too bad. There's no reason the Pack can't be at least 2-2 to start off the year before facing tough games against and at Washington. The next three game stretch is critical needing to get by , and before a murderous finishing kick against , and . At least the Bulldogs and Warriors have to go to Reno. Best Offensive Player: Junior RB . Kretschmer doesn't need to become the 302-carry workhorse he was in 2001, but he needs to be a factor again after missing most of last season with a knee injury. He got bigger and stronger in the off-season making him even more of a power back. Best Defensive Player: Senior . The former linebacker became a tremendous pass rushing defensive end leading the WAC with nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss. He should be one of the best all-around linemen in the league. Key player to a successful season: The running game should be outstanding, so it'll be up to the passing attack to try and come close to repeating last year's success. With the 3,418 yards and 26 touchdown passes of gone, it'll be up to true sophomore Jeff Rowe to lead the way. He has a little bit of experience and good size. The season will be a success if ... pulls off a winning season. It'll take a couple of upsets and no slips in WAC play to get to seven wins, but there's no reason the team can't be better overall with all of the retuning experience. Key game: Sept. 18 at . The Spartans are also one of the rising teams in the conference, so the winner of the WAC opener will have thoughts about having a huge season. If the Wolf Pack can win, it should be 3-0 in the conference before facing . 2002 Fun Stats:
  • third quarter scoring: 59. fourth quarter scoring: 110
  • Penalties: Opponents 119 for 1,156 yards - 83 for 692
  • Average yards per game: 434.2 - Opponents 419.6
    Offense Breakdown and Analysis | Defense Breakdown and Analysis
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    Willie Johnson, WR, 6-4, 200, Fresno, Calif. (Edison HS/Fresno City College) Greg Bellasis, OL, 6-6, 262, ,Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)
    Jerred Belser, RB, 5-8, 182, San Jose, Calif. (Bellarmine College Prep. HS)
    Adam Bishop, TE, 6-5, 225, Santa Rosa, Calif. (Rancho Cotate HS)
    Cameron Butcher, DL, 6-4, 252, Scotts Valley, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty HS)
    Ezra Butler, DL, 6-1, 275, Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas HS)
    Erics Clark, DE, 6-5, 215, Oceanside, Calif. (El Camino HS)
    Jeremy Engstrom, LB, 6-1, 241, Visalia, Calif. (Golden West HS)
    Nick Fuhr, LB, 6-3, 225, Anchorage, Alaska (Robert Service HS)
    Matt Hines, DL/OL, 6-1, 309, Modesto, Calif. (Fred C. Beyer HS)
    Kose Kuaea, DL, 6-2, 240, Tacoma, Wash. (Lakes HS)
    Del McGee, WR, 6-0, 190, Orlando, Fla. (Lake Brantley HS/Glendale Comm. Coll.)
    Steven Murphy, CB, 5-8, 180, Berkeley, Calif. (St. Mary¿s HS)
    Kevin Porter, LB, 6-1, 210, Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial HS)
    Nick Posey, OL, 6-5, 250, Pacific Grove, Calif. (Pacific Grove HS)
    Paul Pratt, WR, 5-10, 175, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft HS)
    * Roderick Price, CB, 5-10, 170, Langley, S.C. (Midland HS/Sacramento City College)
    Drew Robinson, RB, 5-10, 180, Ontario, Calif. (Ontario Christian HS)
    Kyle Robertson, TE, 6-4, 238, Danville, Calif. (California HS)
    David Sampson, DL/OL, 6-3, 310, Cypress, Calif. (Senior Cypress HS)
    Shannon Sevor, DB, 5-10, 185, Hollister, Calif. (Bellarmine HS)
    John Simpson, LB, 6-2, 220, Tracy, Calif. (Merrill F. West HS)
    Tony Strong, WR, 6-3, 205, North Vancouver, B.C. (Carson Graham Sec. School)
    Jeff Wells, FS, 6-2, 214, Lakewood, Wash. (Lakes HS)
    George Yarno, DL, 6-2, 260, Phoenix, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)
    *Potential Instant Impact Players
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