April 18, 2014
RENO, Nev. – Friday afternoon’s practice at Wolf Pack Park is the 10th of spring ball for the Nevada football team. With just five practices left, including Saturday’s road show at Bishop Manogue High School in south Reno and the Silver and Blue Spring Game on April 26, second-year coach Brian Polian said he is pleased with the progress of the team with a third of spring practice remaining.
On Saturday, Nevada will practice at Manogue (110 Bishop Manogue Drive, off South Virginia Street in Reno). Polian will be on site by 12:15 p.m. to meet and greet fans and answer questions about this year’s team. Free food will be available to fans
The practice begins at 1 p.m. and Polian will wear a microphone to talk about drills and concepts during the practice, with some live scrimmage time to follow.
Coach Polian’s thoughts on the team’s progress:
“We are making good progress in all three phases of the game. The scrimmage in Carson was a success on and off the field. Our players and staff enjoyed the chance to get off campus and interact with our loyal fans. On the field, we had a productive practice and there were stand-out plays on the both offense and defense. We have continued with the installation on both sides of the ball and our players have handled the new concepts well. Monday and Wednesday’s practices were both strong and we are very excited about heading to Bishop Manogue on Saturday for another competitive scrimmage. We hope for a great turn-out and an additional opportunity to engage with the Wolf Pack community.
“Injuries have been an issue, but they are an issue that everyone in the country has to deal with during spring practice. The one benefit has been the added reps that some of our younger players have been getting. Austin Corbett, Adam Khouri, and Joey Anglemire have all seen added work on the offensive line and we can see them improving on a daily basis. Chris Ayiyi has seen additional work at outside linebacker after having played safety last season and looks comfortable. Walk-on players like Colton Concellos and Trent Mahler have been outstanding on special teams and could be challenging for roles in the kicking game in the fall. It has been enjoyable to see players take advantage of these opportunities.
“We need to continue to improve throughout the remaining practices. Our focus is going to shift to more situational football as we head down the home stretch: Third-downs, Red Zone, 4-Minute Offense and Defense, and 2-Minute Offense and Defense will be the emphasis our team periods moving forward. As we narrow our emphasis, one thing does not change and that is we must simply continue to improve each day that we meet and take the field.”