Preseason Camp Report No. 1
Preseason Camp Report - Friday, Aug. 7
With physicals, orientation meetings and weights testing in the books, the Wolf Pack had one more round of testing to go before the first practice of fall camp. In the morning, the players to the field and track at Mackay Stadium for the annual "Run to Win" testing and the results were impressive. In fact, the conditioning of this team has been a frequent topic of conversation amongst members of the coaching staff.
"In my 10 years at Nevada, I've never seen a team come to camp in the shape that these guys are in," running backs coach Jim Mastro said. "Bigger, faster, stronger -- across the board, this whole team, collectively, is in as good a condition, as I've seen."
In the afternoon, the team hit Wolf Pack Park for the first practice of the camp and the first of five NCAA-mandated acclimation practices. With no pads -- helmets only -- the Pack went through a crisp and spirited workout.
"The continuity we maintained in the offseason with the coaching staff back intact and no wholesale scheme changes on either side of the ball -- that's going to help us in camp," Associate head coach Ken Wilson said. "We can develop quicker because there is less teaching."
CAMPER OF THE DAY: Our first spotlighted player of preseason camp is safety Jonathon Amaya. The senior from Diamond Bar (HS), Calif., torched the track during the testing, clocking a time of 49 seconds in the 400 meters. This comes on the heels of a 4.51 40-yard dash during spring drills back in March.
"Jon is in great shape and he's taking big strides as a leader," Wilson said. "To get to where we need to be defensively, Jon is going to have to be a big part of that."
QUICK NOTE: Newcomer Tonio Celotto is not going to join the team after all. The transfer from Oregon reported to camp earlier this week but has changed his mind about playing football.
"Tonio Celotto is not going to play football," Head coach Chris Ault told media on Friday. "He had an epiphany."