Nevada coach Chris Ault has long emphasized the notion that every player on the team has to understand his role and succeed in that role in order for the team to have success. In that sense, the linemen must work as one cohesive unit. Skill players on offense have to be playmakers and game-changers. Sometimes defensive linemen have to take on more than one blocker in order for linebackers to make plays. And so on.
As part of that, each team must have its players who specialize in special teams. And that's why Nevada is fortunate to have a player like Andy McIntosh, a special teams star who is entering his fifth year in the program. McIntosh is listed as a wide receiver and he'll see some playing time as a pass-catcher.
"But his role is special teams and we are looking for him to be a leader on special teams," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "Andy is one of those players who really understands and excels in his role."
But don't count out McIntosh, a three-time Academic All-WAC selection, contributing as a receiver. He made a pair of catches in Sunday's scrimmage, including one on a ball that was tipped at the line of scrimmage which forced McIntosh to adjust his body and make a tough catch while taking a strong hit from freshman Thaddeus Brown.
"He is the kind of guy that Nevada football is all about," Ault said.