The Nevada Wolf Pack lost three of their final four games last season — something that hardly sat well with veteran coach Chris Ault.
“We’ve made some dramatic changes … we changed our conditioning as much as we’ve changed anything before,” Ault said last month.
With Boise State the final opponent, on Dec. 1, and it being the first time the Broncos will be in Reno since the Wolf Pack’s overtime win in 2010, they hope it pays off.
“That could decide the conference championship — it’s against a great team, and it’s back at our place,” cornerback Khalid Wooten said. “You have to peak at the end of the season if you have a game like that.”
Ault and company return six offensive starters, but lose their top two rushers and top two receivers off an offense that finished No. 6 in the nation last season. Quarterback Cody Fajardo at times looked like his predecessor, Colin Kaepernick, but was inconsistent. He’ll be asked to pass more this season with former Hawaii OC Nick Rolovich at the helm.
“Cody had an outstanding spring,” Ault said. “After being forced into action, doing what he did — he had a good year.”
On the other side of the ball, Nevada is eying big improvements after giving up 30 or more points five times.
“Our defense last year was the most complacent I’ve ever had,” Ault said. “... We’re in a new conference, We don’t know (most of) these teams. There’s no reason to be complacent.”