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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.

2013 Mountain West Football Media Days Photo Gallery

The 2013 Mountain West Football Media Days event concluded today at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Head coach Brian Polian, quarterback Cody Fajardo, and defensive tackle Jordan Hanson attended the event for Nevada, where interviews and photo/video shoots took place in preparation for the upcoming season.

Take a look at a few behind the scenes pictures of the event here.

Another Pack football game to be televised

RENO, Nev. - An 11th Nevada football game has been added to the television schedule as the Wolf Pack's Mountain West opener on Sept. 21 will be broadcast by Time Warner Oceanic, the Mountain West announced.

Kickoff for the game has been set for 5:05 p.m. at Mackay Stadium.

The game will be carried on a pay-per-view basis by Time Warner Oceanic in Hawaii and the coverage will be made available on the new Mountain West Digital Network. Carriage by additional networks is possible and more information will be forthcoming.

The only game on Nevada's 12-game slate not currently scheduled for television broadcast at this point is the home opener on Sept. 7 against UC Davis.

Click here for Nevada's 2013 schedule, including kickoff times (if known) and television info.


Hall of Famer John Polish Passes Away

Today, the 10 members of the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame committee plan to meet to start selecting the next class of talented former student-athletes and coaches who will join that prestigious group this fall.

But as we prepare for that meeting, we learned this morning that a member of that prestigious Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame, John Polish, passed away on Monday at the age of 95.

John Polish was truly a legendary athlete in the state of Nevada, not just for his accomplishments as a football and track athlete at the University of Nevada from 1938-42. His exploits in high school were well-known and his lasting impact is still felt today as the top athlete at Yerington High School receives the John Polish Award. Below is a photo of Polish in action, carrying the ball in a 1940 game against BYU.

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Polish was a member of the second class inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 1974. The press release at the time said this about him:

"Considered one of Nevada's top all-time high school athletes, John Polish entered the University of Nevada in the late 30s to star in football and track. Raised in Yerington, Nevada, Polish was a sensation at his high school. He was a super-gridder, good basketball player and did everything in track -- sprints, hurdles, weights, jumps. Although hampered at Nevada by injuries, Polish led the Wolf Pack in competition in the late 1930s. He was a hard-running halfback in football and a superb punter. In track, Polish won Far Western Conference titles in weights, jumps and hurdles."

After his college career was over, Polish went on to a career of public service, spending over 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He also served in the Nevada State Legislature. He continued to attend the yearly Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner when he could.

Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote a great story on Polish in today's paper. Our condolences go out to Polish's friends and family.
Is there a better school at developing NFL talent than Nevada? Not among non-BCS schools according to research at Emory University.
Nevada, which has had nine NFL draft picks over the past three years is the top non-BCS school in the nation when it comes to converting talent to NFL draft picks.
Click here for the rankings and an explanation on their formula.

Inaugural Chili Cook-Off a big success

Holly Aycock, Nevada's director of marketing and promotions, recaps the Chili Cook-Off:
The inaugural Wolf Pack Chili Cook-Off was held before 2013 Wolf Pack Silver and Blue Spring Game, presented by Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, April 20th.  Nine groups entered the chili cook off: Team Roberts; Moto Mud; The Hot Beans; Big Thick Steaming Bowl of Wolf Brand Chili; Battle Born, Tailgate Ready; Aultitude Tailgating; Wolf Pack Gridiron Chili; Spring Loaded Chili; and Nevada Cheer.

The morning of the Chili Cook-Off, you could smell chili in the air and before the judging, the Nevada Band and Cheer Team entertained all the tailgaters. Judges for the Chili Cook-Off were Keith Hackett and Rory Hickok (Senior Associate Athletics Directors), head soccer coach Missy Price, head volleyball coach Ruth Lawanson, News Channel 4's Alyx Sacks, Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Each of the chili was judged on aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste. All of the judges did a great job and enjoyed everyone's chili. 

The scores were tabulated and all contestants were invited down to the field at halftime of the game. The winner by just one-half of a point, was Battle Born, Tailgate Ready. Spring Loaded Chili took second place and Moto Mud was third place.

Battle Born, Tailgate Ready was presented the ultimate chili trophy to be displayed at their tailgates before every home football game.  The title also comes with bragging rights for your fellow Wolf Pack tailgaters. 
 

Nevada has strong history in the NFL Draft

The Nevada Wolf Pack brand has become a fixture when it comes to the NFL Draft, which begins tonight and runs through Saturday.
Over the past two years, seven Nevada players have heard their names called at the draft, including a school-record four players last year when James-Michael Johnson (Browns), Brandon Marshall (Jaguars), Isaiah Frey (Bears) and Rishard Matthews (Dolphins) were all selected.
In all, 41 Wolf Pack players have been selected in the history of the draft. And a number of Pack players are hoping to hear their names called this week to add to the number, including Duke Williams, Zach Sudfeld, Khalid Wooten, Chris Barker, Jeff Nady, Stefphon Jefferson, Jeremiah Green, Albert Rosette and Nick Hale.
But the draft isn't the only road to the NFL. Sometimes, going undrafted works out in a player's favor because he might be able to pick from more than one offer as a free agent and select the situation that fits him the best.
A number of Nevada players have made it to the NFL without being draft, including Josh Mauga, Jonathon Amaya and Harvey Dahl.
 Here's Nevada's NFL Draft history:
Year    Rd.    Pick    Player    Pos.    Team
2012    4    120    James-Michael Johnson    LB    Cleveland Browns
2012    5    142    Brandon Marshall    LB    Jacksonville Jaguars
2012    6    184    Isaiah Frey    DB    Chicago Bears
2012    7    227    Rishard Matthews    WR    Miami Dolphins
2011    2    36    Colin Kaepernick    QB    San Francisco 49ers
2011    3    66    Dontay Moch    LB    Cincinnati Bengals
2011    7    204    Virgil Green    TE    Denver Broncos
2009    7    243    Marko Mitchell    WR    Washington Redskins
2007    5    151    Jeff Rowe    QB    Cincinnati Bengals
2006    5    165    Tony Moll    G    Green Bay Packers
2004    3    86    Jorge Cordova    LB    Jacksonville Jaguars
2004    5    149    Maurice Mann    WR    Cincinnati Bengals
2003    3    71    Nate Burleson    WR    Minnesota Vikings
1998    4    108    DeShone Myles    MLB    Seattle Seahawks
1998    6    172    John Dutton    QB    Miami Dolphins
1998    6    175    James Cannida    DT    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1996    2    31    Alex Van Dyke    WR    New York Jets
1993    5    117    Forey Duckett    CB    Cincinnati Bengals
1993    7    196    Brock Marion    DB    Dallas Cowboys
1991    7    189    Bernard Ellison    CB    Kansas City Chiefs
1991    9    233    Treamelle Taylor    WR    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1990    12    331    Demetrius Davis    TE    Los Angeles Raiders
1989    8    196    Charvez Foger    RB    Dallas Cowboys
1989    9    230    Patrick Egu    RB    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1987    5    135    Henry Rolling    LB    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1986    3    68    Patrick Hunter    DB    Seattle Seahawks
1984    2-supp.    45    Derek Kennard    G    St. Louis Cardinals
1984    1-supp.    27    Tony Zendejas    K    Washington Redskins
1984    1-supp.    20    Al Williams    WR    Detroit Lions
1983    3    84    Charles Mann    DE    Washington Redskins
1981    5    136    Eric Sanders    T    Atlanta Falcons
1981    10    276    Frank Hawkins    RB    Oakland Raiders
1978    6    163    Doug Betters    DE    Miami Dolphins
1952    13        Pat Brady    QB    New York Giants
1951    16        Dick Afflis    OT    Green Bay Packers
1949    1        Stan Heath    QB    Green Bay Packers
1949    8        Dan Orlich    DE    Green Bay Packers
1947    2        Bill Mackrides    QB    Philadelphia Eagles
1947    23        Tom Kalmanir    HB    Pittsburgh Steelers
1946    3        Bob McClure    G    Boston Yanks
1945    24        Don Talcott    T    Philadelphia Eagles

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