This year when the Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes the field, the defense will be doing so under a new the guidance of a new face to many Wolf Pack faithful.
In the event that you haven't been following these past months, coach Ault went out looking for someone to improve the Pack's poorly rated defense (a unit that was supposed to be the teams strength going into the 2007 season). And what Ault found was a young, motivated, and well respected coach from the PAC 10 ranks that was looking for an opportunity to prove himself as a more than a position coach.
Enter former Oregon State Defensive Back coach Nigel Burton.
Burton's resume is as follows:
2001-2003 Portland State *coached Anthony Henry, 2001 NFL ROY runner-up. Served as Denver Bronco intern summer 2002.
2003-2008 Oregon State *coached 2004 All PAC 10 selections Aric Williams and Brandon Browner and 2005 Frosh All American selection Keenan Lewis.
As a player, Burton earned Big West Player of the Week honors while with UOP before transferring to Washington where he played and started 35 of 36 games for the Huskies and was a three time letter winner.
And possibly even more important than any of this information is that Burton is know as an exceptional recruiter who will certainly lure away some BCS quality players from the PAC 10
This year the Pack plans to go with a 4-3 defense. And with the loss of both starting cornerbacks, Burton appears to be the perfect fit for a defense that gave up nearly as many points as it's #8 ranked offense put up. With young players and new JC transfers coming into the program, Burton will have to determine a starting secondary quickly. Shouldn't be an issue for a rising star like a young guy like Nigel.