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Wolf Pack Park turf is for sale

The University of Nevada is replacing the FieldTurf at Wolf Pack Park, the practice facility for the Wolf Pack football team and other sports programs at Nevada.

With the installation of the new surface, the previous surface is available for purchase by the general public.

To claim a portion of the turf, click here. The turf is available until July 9.

 

 

Pack has five alums in NFL playoffs

The NFL playoffs get underway this weekend and the University of Nevada football program has five alums who will be part of the postseason this year.

Former Wolf Pack standout quarterback Colin Kaepernick has the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs as a starter for the second straight season after leading the Niners to the Super Bowl last season. San Francisco is at Green Bay on Sunday afternoon.

Linebacker James-Michael Johnson will not suit up for Kansas City on Saturday when the Chiefs travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts as the second-year pro was put on IR this week with a sprained ankle.

Former Pack tight end Virgil Green and linebacker Brandon Marshall are part of a Denver Broncos team that has a first-round bye and will play next weekend. The same case goes for offensive lineman Chris Barker of the New England Patriots.

Nevada also has three former coaches involved in the playoffs. Former head coach Chris Ault is an offensive consultant with the Chiefs. Former co-defensive coordinator Dave Fipp (2004) is the special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, who play host to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. Former Pack defensive line coach Don Johnson is in the same capacity with the San Diego Chargers, who play at Cincinnati this weekend.

Also with the Eagles is Shaun Huls, a former staff in the Nevada strength and conditioning program. He is the "sports-science coordinator" for the Eagles.

Boise State fans issue challenge to Nevada...

From our friends at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada...

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The Hunger Bowl strikes again for the Nevada- Boise State football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bronco Stadium.  In addition to the food drive for the Idaho Food Bank that will take place at the game, Boise State has issued a challenge to Wolf Pack fans to compete in an online virtual food drive, to raise funds for hunger relief in both areas.   

Wolf Pack and Bronco fans anywhere can visit http://hungerbowl.org/virtual-food-drive and click on their team's logo to make a cash donation. All Wolf Pack donations will go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. All Boise State donations will be used for hunger relief in Idaho.  The Hunger Bowl challenge has started and is continuing through the end of  Saturday's game on October 19. 

Hunger is a very serious issue across the country and right here in Nevada.  One in four children in Nevada live in a home where there is not enough food for three meals per day, and one in five people in Nevada needs to seek food assistance to make ends meet.  Each dollar raised for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada can provide 3 meals to those who need them. 
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Time set (and broadcast switch) for Nevada-Colorado State game.

The gametime and television broadcast has been set for the Nevada football team's game at Colorado State on Nov. 9.

The Wolf Pack and Rams will kick-off at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time (1:30 p.m. in Fort Collins) and the game will be an exclusive digital broadcast of the Mountain West Network. For Nevada fans, the easiest way to watch the game will be via NevadaWolfPack.TV (or clicking on the NevadaWolfPack.TV button on the homepage of NevadaWolfPack.com.

The Nevada-Colorado State game was originally set for broadcast on one of the ESPN networks but the ESPN and the MWN switched with the Fresno State-Wyoming game for that date.

Nevada still has three games remaining with a TBA for the game time. All three of those are scheduled for broadcast within the ESPN family of networks and ESPN has until 12 days before the game to set the broadcast schedule and gametime.

For the Nevada-UNLV Homecoming game coming up at the end of October, we will know the game time/broadcast info by Oct. 14 and will announce it as soon as we know. The same 12-day window exists for Nevada's games at Fresno State (Nov. 2) and at home vs. San Jose State (Nov. 16).

Hug High School to rename stadium to honor Pack alum

Less than a week after former Nevada head football coach Chris Ault had the field at Mackay Stadium named in his honor one of his former players will receive  a similar honor on Friday evening.  Former Wolf Pack defensive back Rollins Stallworth will have the football stadium at Hug High School renamed in his honor.  The field will be Grove Holcomb Field at Rollins Stallworth Stadium.

Stallworth coached at Hug High School from 1993-2009 before becoming the vice principal at O'Brien Middle School.  In 2005 the Hawks advanced to the 4A state championship game.

After transferring from Merced College (Calif.) Stallworth played for coach Ault and the Wolf Pack during the 1979 and 1980 seasons at safety.  In 1980 he earned second-team All-Big Sky honors and was a team captain.  The 1979 team advanced to the semifinals of the 1AA playoffs before falling to Eastern Kentucky.

Nevada in the NFL

As the 2013 NFL season opens tonight, below is a rundown of the 15 former Nevada players who made pro rosters so far this season.

Nevada has the third-most NFL players amongst Mountain West teams with its 15 players. Fresno State has 18 players (14 active, three practice squad and one injured reserve) while Boise State has 17 players (16 active, one injured reserve).

As a conference, the Mountain West has 82 players on active rosters and 15 more who are on practice squads.

Nevada's breakdown:
Active
Player            Position    NFL Team
Chris Barker        OL        New England Patriots
Nate Burleson        WR        Detroit Lions
Kaelin Burnett        LB        Oakland Raiders
Harvey Dahl        G        St. Louis Rams
Isaiah Frey        CB        Chicago Bears
Virgil Green        TE        Denver Broncos
Michael-James Johnson    LB        Kansas City Chiefs
Colin Kaepernick    QB        San Francisco 49ers
Rishard Matthews    WR        Miami Dolphins
Zach Sudfeld        TE        New England Patriots
Duke Williams        WR        Buffalo Bills

Practice Squad
Brandon Marshall    LB        Denver Broncos
Dontay Moch        LB        Arizona Cardinals
Khalid Wooten        CB        Tennessee Titans

Injured Reserve
Josh Mauga        LB        New York Jets

Nevada-UCLA TV information

This week's season-opener at UCLA will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. This is the same network that carried the Nevada-Cal game last year. It is not widely distributed as of right now. Chris Murray of the RGJ explains the local availability (click here). 

College football rules changes

With the football season upon us, we thought this might be a good opportunity to explain some of the notable rules changes fans will see this year. The National Football Foundation put out this primer earlier this month:

The 8 Major Rule Changes for the 2013 Season
1.      Targeting Fouls: Automatic Ejection, Part I:
Players will automatically be disqualified from the game for targeting fouls, including (Rule 9-1-3) targeting and initiating contact with the crown of the helmet, and (Rule 9-1-4) targeting and initiating contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.  The foul itself has not changed.  These plays have been illegal for a number of years, but the penalty has been stiffened to include automatic ejection plus the 15-yard penalty.
2.      Targeting Fouls: Automatic Ejection, Part II:
A player is at great risk of being ejected from the game for a launch (leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make contact in the head or neck area); a crouch (followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with contact at the head or neck area); leading (with helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with contact at the head or neck area); or lowering (the head before attacking by initiating contact with the crown of the helmet).
3.      Offensive Blocking Below the Waist Rule:
The rule establishes a zone for the offense that extends seven yards from the snapper toward each sideline and goes five yards into the defensive secondary and in the other direction all the way back to the offensive team's end line. Within this zone, an offensive back who is stationary inside the tackle box and an offensive lineman inside the seven-yard zone may legally block below the waist until the ball has left the zone.  Everyone else on the offensive team may legally block below the waist only if the block is clearly to the front of the opponent. This only-from-the-front rule also holds true for everyone on the offensive team once the ball has left the zone. In addition, no one on the offense is allowed to block below the waist if the block is directed toward his own end line.
4.      Expansion of the 10-Second Runoff Rule:
In 2013, if a player is injured within the last minute of a half, and this is the only reason for stopping the clock, the opponent may choose to have 10 seconds subtracted from the game clock.  The injured player's team can preserve the 10 seconds by using a timeout.
5.      Player May Remain in the Game Via a Timeout After Helmet Comes Off:
The rule requiring a player to leave the game for one down if his helmet comes off has been modified to allow a player to remain in the game if his team is granted a charged timeout to adjust the player's helmet.
6.      Minimum Time to Spike the Ball for Another Play Set at 3 Seconds:
Teams will need a minimum of three seconds from the referee's signal to "spike" the ball to allow for another play at the end of a half. Teams must still execute the spike, but they will have a reasonable opportunity for another play.  If the clock shows one or two seconds, they will only have enough time to run a play without first spiking the ball.
7.      Procedures for Changing Jersey Numbers During a Game:
If a team wants to use a player at two different positions during the game, and they need to change jersey numbers, the player must report to the referee who will in turn announce the change. In addition, two players who play the same position at different times in the game may not wear the same number during the game. For example, two quarterbacks may not both wear number 12.
8.      Player Uniform Numerals Must Contrast With the Color of the Jersey:
The color of the jersey number itself must be clearly and obviously in contrast with the jersey, regardless of any border around the number. For example, teams will not be allowed to wear black numbers on black jerseys with a border of a bright color around the numeral; it must clearly contrast with the jersey in and of itself.

Nevada has 19 alums on NFL rosters

The University of Nevada has 19 alums in NFL training camps with less than a month to go before the regular season starts.

Week two of the preseason begins Thursday and it features a handful of matchups where Pack alums will face each other. That includes Saturday's game between the Titans (Khalid Wooten) and Bengals (Dontay Moch) and the Jaguars-Jets game that will have three former Pack linebackers in Jeremiah Green and Brandon Marshall (Jaguars) and Josh Mauga (Jets).

One of the more interesting matchups this week will be Friday night in Kansas City  where former Pack great Colin Kaepernick leads the San Francisco 49ers in to face the Chiefs, which has former Pack coach Chris Ault as a consultant.

Here's the list of Pack players in NFL camps:
Jonathon Amaya, Phoenix
Chris Barker, Miami
Nate Burleson, Detroit
Kaelin Burnett, Oakland
Harvey Dahl, St. Louis
Isaiah Frey, Chicago
Jeremiah Green, Jacksonville
Virgil Green, Denver
James-Michael Johnson, Cleveland
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
Brandon Marshall, Jacksonville
Rishard Matthews, Miami
Josh Mauga, New York Jets
Dontay Moch, Cincinnati
Jeff Nady, Atlanta
Tray Session, Oakland
Zach Sudfeld, New England
Duke Williams, Buffalo
Khalid Wooten, Tennessee

Kickoff time for Nevada-Air Force adjusted

RENO, Nev. - The kickoff time for Nevada's game on Sept. 28 against Air Force has been moved to 5:05 p.m.

The game was originally scheduled for a 4:35 p.m. kickoff but was moved back 30 minutes to accommodate for the national television broadcast by CBS Sports Network. The game will mark the first ever trip by Air Force to Mackay Stadium.