Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
One thing I'm sure that wasn't funny for Ezo was day two of the NFL draft when his name was not called out. Butler was at one time projected as a 3rd round pick. But with nagging injuries after the season and questionable off the field issues before it, Butler's stock plummeted. Now perhaps fortune has smiled on the former Nevada line backer less than just 24 hours later.
Butler will join the San Francisco 49er's for their spring camp as a free agent looking for a shot at making the roster. For Butler, the chance is as good as any as he brings a great skill set to a team that is playing a 3-4 defense. A scheme that requires 4 line backers on the field vs. the traditional 4-3 that requires three. 4 backers on the field means 4 backers in reserve and probably some more behind that. With Ezra's speed and tough play, the sky's the limit.
PWtW wishes Ezra and Adam both all the luck in the world with their futures in football.
Former Nevada TE Adam Bishop will be signing a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars to try and earn a spot on the team this spring. For players who are not drafted, the advantage becomes the player pursuing a team through free agency. Bishop can play as a TE or as a long snapper on special teams.
Bishop is a tough player who was named the teams Offensive Player of the Year, was one of four team captains, earned one of the teams "striker" awards (only six players earned these awards with fellow free agent Ezra Butler being one of the others) and was a second team All Wac selection.
Good luck to Adam and his future career in the NFL
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Although many people thought that Ezra Butler and Adam Bishop would have good chances at being picked off the board during this year's event, neither received that phone call from an NFL team before the 252 picks were all over.
PWtW wishes all the players the best and hopes that these young men will prove the experts wrong before their football days are over.
Good luck young men.
We'll keep you updated as things progress...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Now let me break this down for you kids.
1. June Jones (9 years CFB experience): 75-41 record. Got destroyed by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Last 6 years, 1-5 vs. Boise. 1-9 vs. ranked opponents with first win coming over Boise in Hawaii this past year. 2 WAC championships, 1 shared with Fresno in 1999 and last year's undefeated season. 3-9 in 2000 and 5-7 in 2005.
3. Pat Hill (10 years experience): 85-55 record. 1 WAC championship shared with Hawaii in 1999. A .500 record in bowl games. A 4-8 record in 2006. 1-5 vs. Boise.
5. Chris Peterson (2 years experience): 23-3 record. 1 WAC championship in 2006. 1 BCS bowl victory in the Fiesta Bowl. 1-1 in bowl games.
8. Dick Tomey (27 years experience): 175-129-7 record. Too much to list!
20. Chris Ault (23 years experience): 191-85-1 record. One induction into the Hall of Fame. 1 WAC championship in 4 years. 2-3 record in bowl games. 3 losing seasons in 23 years.
So now that you see what I'm talking about you can understand my frustrations. I should be getting paid too. How can Mr. Dienhart write these things and be serious? It's like he just looked at who's been good the last couple years and who's expected to be good this year and then formed a list off the top of his head.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
First up on the schedule this year is a home game for the Wolf Pack. If it seems like it's been awhile since we opened with one of those, that's because it has. You have to go back to 2005 when we opened with Pac 10 opponent Washington State. That unfortunately was a 55-21 thrashing in front of the home crowd. You have to actually go back to 2003 to find an opening home victory, when Nevada's Logan Carter blocked an extra point late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 24-23 point victory over Southern Utah. Chance Kretchmer ran for 170 yards on the offensive side of the ball and Carter turned in an interception and recovered a fumble for a score on defense in that game.
This year the Wolf Pack will entertain the history rich Grambling State Tigers. The all time series is 0-1 with the Pack dropping a 37-3 decision in Grambling LA, back in 1972 under head coach Jerry Scattine. That year Grambling was 11-2 under famed coach Eddie Robinson. Coming off an 8-4 season under 1st year head coach Rod Broadway in 2007, the Tigers should pose as a reasonable tune-up for the Wolf Pack heading into the meat of their OOC schedule.
The Tiger's spring wrapped up with a mostly defense dominated spring. That defense will have it's hands full stopping the pistol offense and it's skilled group. Key players to watch on the defense will be DB Jeffrey Jack (lead team in tackles with 64 total) and DE Christian Anthony who lead the team in tackles for loss and sacks. LB Keefe Hall also figures to be a presence as he was #3 in tackles, #5 in tackles for loss last year, and had a bring spring this year.
When the Pack is done scoring and has to kick to the Tigers, the front four will be getting after Senior QB Brandon Landers. Landers finished with a 56% completion rate last season and tossed for 23 TDs but also gave up 18 INT's on his way to a 121 passer rating. Mr. Mauga and company will be charged with stopping a pair of sophomores who ran for 901 yards and 565 yards and had 5 TD's each as freshmen last season in Frank Warren and Cornelius Walker. And for the revamped Wolf Pack secondary, they should have a great chance to get their feet wet as Gramblin graduated their top 3 WR's and their TE. Expect Jon Amaya and Uche Anyanwu to have a field day against the you Grambling wide outs.
When it comes to the half-time show, I don't think the Nevada band is going to be able to keep up with the "Greatest Band in the Land". But expect Ault's pistol offense to fire off a big round of scoring and expect the defense to shut down the Tiger offense.
PWtW way early prediction: 42-10 Wolf Pack
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
This year's real treat for the Nevada Offense (and it's young QB's) is the return of two of the most productive offensive weapons of the past two seasons. Senior WR's Marko Mitchell (6'4" 200 pounds) and Senior Mike McCoy (6'0" 190 pounds) will be lining up for the Pack for their final seasons as collegiate athletes in 2008.
Mitchell who comes to the team from York, Alabama via Mesa CC in Arizona lead the team in yardage last season with 1,129 yards on 53 catches both team highs. He also accounted for 8 TD receptions which also lead the team. And his 21.3 ypc was number 2 in the country behind Brennan Marion. In 2006, Marko was second on the team with 493 yards on 39 catches trailing Caleb Spencer. His 4 TD catches were second on the team also to Mike McCoy.
Marko will be looking to build on his break out 2007 season to position himself as another potential NFL prospect for the Wolf Pack. And we look forward to watching him do it. His circus catches make many highlight reels, including a grab off the turf last season that earned him a Sports Center top ten clip. Of course, if the NFL doesn't work out, there's always an acting career as the lead in the Terrell Owens life story. For those of you who haven't seen Marko up close he bears a striking resemblance to the often controversial Cowboy's WR.
On the opposite side of the field will be the sure handed Colfax, California product Mike McCoy.
McCoy saw some action as a Freshman for the Pack when he grabbed 17 balls for 230 and a score back in 2005. In 2006, he would blow up in the end zone and lead the team with 9 TD grabs. He would also lead in ypc at 15. He had 23 catches for 346 as a sophomore. Then last year Mike accounted for 4 more scores and 32 catches for 617 (a huge 19.3 ypc) including a 90 yard TD grab from QB Nick Graziano against the red devil's from down south.
A fan favorite of many, Mike will be looking to go out with a bang in his senior campaign. His toe-the-line out routes and sticky hands will keep the chains moving more than once in 2008. It's those clutch plays (and one's like the game winner againt NMSU) that will put Mike in the position to surspass that 2006 TD total and make his own history at Mackay.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Last season the Missouri Tigers were a Big 12 championship game win away from playing for the national title. They didn't win, losing to #9 Oklahoma 38-17. Entering that game the Tigers boasted the #1 ranking in the country.
They would go on to romp over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day. The Cotton Bowl, for those who do not remember or can't keep things straight, is not a BCS Bowl game. So to sum up the last three weeks of Missouri's season: Defeat the #2 team in the country. Earn the #1 ranking. Lose to the #9 team in the country. Drop to #6 and get passed up by the team you beat (Kansas) that was #2 when you beat them, and the #7, 9, 10, and 13 teams and play in a crappy non-BCS game.
And that's just the success that the team had. I didn't even talk about the success of individual players. Although the Tiger's had some pretty big time players all over the field (like big time tight end Martin Rucker) the one everyone knows is Heisman Finalist; QB Chase Daniel. Daniel threw for 4,300 yards and 33 TD's vs 11 INT's for a passer rating of 147.88
But guess what kiddies?
Our QB Colin Kaepernick threw for a better TD:INT ration 6:1 vs. Chase's wimpy 3:1 ratio. And he threw for a better passer rating at 150.77 Advantage Pack.
We also have a RB, Lippencott, returning who ran for 1,400 yards. Missouri's returning leading rusher is a WR who amassed 375 yards. Advantage Pack.
At the WR, it's a wash I'll say as Marko Mitchell had slightly more yards than Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin (the leading rusher) who had one more TD on the year. A wash.
At TE they don't return theirs and we don't return ours. Again, a wash.
On the line, we return 4 and they return 3. So that's another advantage for the Wolf Pack.
That's three advantages to the Wolf Pack and a couple of toss-ups. No advantages for the Tigers.
On defense they return more than we do, so I'll give them an advantage there. They gave up an average of 25 points per game. We gave up 32.
Looks like we could catch a Tiger sleeping and unload some points on the campus in Columbia.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The article focused mostly on QB's Colin Kaepernick and Nick Graziano and the decision that will have to be made next fall by head coach Chris Ault on who will be the full time starter. The article also talked about the focus on defense this spring and some of the up and comers at the different positions on the defensive side of the ball.
You can read the article here:
Last year's leading rusher in the WAC was not Ian Johnson of Boise State. It wasn't Frosh sensations Ryan Mathews from Fresno nor Deonte Jackson from Idaho.
The number one rusher in the WAC was Nevada's feature back, Luke Lippincott. And he ran in the WAC's numero uno rushing offense, the Pistol. Lippincott piled up over 1,400 yards on the ground and accounted for 15 scores as well. His total rushing yards was good for 18th overall in the country.
With the majority of Nevada's offensive line returning this season, look for 2008 to yield another WAC rushing crown for Luke "the Duke" (or in this case the king of current WAC running backs).
Pre Season Prediction: First Team All WAC, 20 TD season. Blow up game will be @ Hawaii