September 9, 2008

Media Day Notes: Nevada's no slouch

The Nevada Wolf Pack certainly got a good primer for playing Missouri. Last week, Nevada faced the Texas Tech Red Raiders, led by Mike Leach. This week, Gary Pinkel called Leach "the guru" of the spread offense. Though not identical, the Wolf Pack defense is likely to see a lot of similarities when they face the Tigers this weekend.

That could work to Nevada's favor. Last week, Graham Harrell and Tech to 35 points and 297 yards passing. Those numbers aren't shoddy, but they are well below the averages the Red Raiders have been putting up for years on end under Leach.

"What they did with Tech, I think, was they tried to jam their receivers a lot, off the line" Chase Daniel said. "That really threw off the timing with Graham and all of his receivers. They blitzed him a lot. They gave him a lot of different looks…We have to really get that figured out this week and I'll be working hard with our offensive line to get that done."

"I think they were just on Graham Harrell," Jared Perry. "They were stopping him and he was making bad decisions."

Of course, that matchup might have helped the Tigers to some extent. Mizzou now has an idea of what they will see from Nevada defensively because they played such a similar offensive attack just this week. The scheme isn't likely to change much from last weekend.

"Certainly, Texas Tech we like to look at. We do some things alike, but we do a lot of things completely different," Pinkel said. "Anytime we get to see somebody that does things that we do against their defense that's a plus for us and it helps us to maybe plan a little bit better and make adjustments."

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