“It’s pretty exciting with the new staff,” Nevada defensive end Lenny Jones said. “It’s kind of loose around here. There’s a lot of changes.”
From names on the back of jerseys to the sounds of Tupac Shakur blanketing the practice field at Wolf Pack Park, the Silver and Blue are adjusting to the ways of the new regime.
“It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun,” Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo said. “You’re kind of grooving a little bit. I have the Blue Tie Ball coming up, so maybe I can practice some dance moves.
“I love it. I love the entire coaching staff. I have all the confidence in coach Polian and all the new guys he brought in. Coach Polian has been with some great programs, so we’re excited about it. Anytime there’s a change in staff, everyone is in it together. We’re one team, so we’re all experiencing it and going through it together. We’re pretty excited and we can’t wait. We’re ready to roll. We’re excited just to be out here. We’re having fun out here and we can’t wait for the first scrimmages.”
While the players were eager to hit the gridiron, there was no one more excited than Polian.
“I’m very excited,” Polian said. “I’m anxious to get going. I’ve seen enough of that building and enough of that office for a while. I’m excited just to be out on the field and out in the sunshine getting ready to go.”
Although the Pack was having fun on Wednesday, Polian said there is also a serious side to spring ball.
“A lot of this whole operation here in the spring is going to be to try to identify who the playmakers are and where we’re going to need help and possibly have to think about trying to get some freshman ready to play,” he said. “Hopefully we don’t need that in too many spots. Personnel evaluation is going to be pivotal for us because we’re a new staff for the most part. So we’re going to have to learn these guys. It’s not like we’re coming in with a great baseline. We’re going to have to learn about our guys.
As the new coaching staff gets to learn its players and vice versa, one thing will carry over from former coach Chris Ault.
“As far as the atmosphere around here, it’s a little bit different. Everyone wants to win though,” Nevada wide receiver Brandon Wimberly said. “From the last coaching staff to this coaching staff, it’s the same and that’s what it comes down to, just finding ways to win and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Wolf Pack will hold its first of three scrimmages next Saturday, April 6.