Aug. 20, 2012
Week two of the Nevada football team’s fall camp culminated on Sunday with the team’s annual Practice With the Pack Youth Day at Wolf Pack Park. Hundreds of area youth football players spent the afternoon going through drills with the Pack’s players and coaching staff.
That was preceded in the week by a full practice schedule, including three sets of “double-day” practices and the team’s second scrimmage of camp, which took place on Saturday in Mackay Stadium.
“What I liked today was that there was some pretty good enthusiasm and some good hitting,” head coach Chris Ault said after the scrimmage. “We are doing an awful lot of things with some different people and it’s going to be interesting to see the tape.
“(Compared to the first scrimmage) it was much, much better, on both sides. There was some good hitting and much crisper.”
The offense had the upper hand early as sophomore quarterback Cody Fajardo led his unit down the field on the first two drives for touchdowns. The first drive featured a 45-yard run by junior Stefphon Jefferson to put the Pack into scoring position and Fajardo completed that drive and the next one with touchdown passes to senior tight end Zach Sudfeld.
But the defense rose up after that, forcing three-and-outs on the next six series and keeping the offense out of the end zone on 11 straight series overall.
The offense got on the board one final time as true freshman running back Chris Solomon broke off a couple of nifty runs to put Nevada inside the 5-yard line and sophomore quarterback Devin Combs punched it in after that for the score.
Ault noted good improvement overall on the week.
“There was some good growth that we saw on both sides of the ball,” Ault said. “I like the progress we are making. We are not there yet by any stretch but we’re moving forward and that’s the key right now.”
The Hall of Fame coach highlighted a handful of players who are having a strong camp so far. On the defensive side, sophomore cornerback Charles Garrett, senior linebacker Albert Rosette and sophomore end Brock Hekking have all stood out. On the offensive side, Ault said Fajardo continues to impress and he likes what he sees out of Sudfeld and fellow tight end, junior Kolby Arendse.
On tap this week is the team’s final double-day today followed by single practices the rest of the week. The team will have its final scrimmage of camp on Saturday and the regular game-week schedule will begin next Monday in preparation for the season-opener at Cal on Sept. 1.
Also scheduled this week is the annual Blitz dinner on Aug. 24 at the Eldorado. The Blitz is the football support organization and memberships are available.