Wolf Pack Wraps Up Spring Ball with Annual Blue & Silver Scrimmage
April 22, 2006
Photo Gallery from the Blue & Silver Scrimmage
RENO, Nev. - Senior Jeff Rowe completed 16-of-23 passes for 232 yards as the Wolf Pack football team wrapped up its spring workouts with the annual Blue & Silver Scrimmage Saturday morning at Mackay Stadium.
"Not bad. The defense did some nice things, and the receivers played well," said Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault. "(Jeff) Rowe was excellent, and (Luke) Lippincott did well."
Rowe connected with eight different receivers in the scrimmage and went 10-of-12 for 170 yards in the first half. He completed all four of his pass attempts, including a 34-yarder to sophomore Mike McCoy, in a drive that ended with a one-yard run by senior tailback Kyle Eklund.
Rowe and junior backup quarterback Ryan Sollod combined to engineer the Wolf Pack's second scoring drive. Rowe got things started with 36-yard pass to sophomore Andy McIntosh, and Sollod, who was 10-of-17 for 129 yards on the day, threw a 38-yard completion to redshirt freshman Arthur King Jr. and an eight-yarder to senior tight end Travis Branzell to take the ball to the goal line. Redshirt freshman Nick Graziano completed the scoring drive with a one-yard run into the end zone.
Senior Caleb Spencer was Nevada's leading receiver on the day, catching four passes for 78 yards, while King added three receptions for 54 yards. McCoy finished the day with four receptions for 52 yards, and Darlington also made four catches for 51 yards. Sophomore Luke Lippincott led the Wolf Pack ground game, carrying the ball 14 times for 41 yards, while Eklund finished with 13 carries for 23 yards and a touchdown.
"I thought the offense started out slow, but Rowe looked good. Lippincott showed signs of what we expected of him," Ault said. "(Jeff) has had a great spring. He's gotten better and he has a great feel for the offense now. He'll have a good year."
On defense, junior defensive tackle Matt Hines was the leading tackler with nine, including three tackles for loss and a sack. Senior defensive end Charles Wilson and junior linebackers Kevin Porter and John Simpson each added six tackles on the day. Wilson also added three TFLs, and Simpson forced a fumble.
"I liked what the defense did today. They played with intensity," Ault said. "We still have a long way to go on defense. Until today, they hadn't played up to their potential. They still gave up some big plays today, and that's something we have to work on. The defense has been inconsistent. This is the best our defense has looked."
The 2005 Western Athletic Conference co-champion Wolf Pack will open the 2006 season on Friday, Sept. 1 at Fresno State, while the team will play its first home game at Mackay Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16 against Colorado State.
For ticket information for the 2006 Wolf Pack football season, visit or call the Nevada Wolf Pack Ticket Office at Legacy Hall at (775) 348-PACK (7225).
Stats from Blue & Silver Scrimmage
Top Defensive Performers