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[2020] MWC Previews Part 1: Nevada Wolf Pack

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  1. 1. Will they Progress or Regress



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Despite Nevada making the #8 seed and almost going undefeated in the regular season before losing a heartbreaker to Air Force. They’ve lost talent such as WR Darius Goode, DE Ethan McCall and the No. 14 pick in ILB Akeel Morris. At the same time, either current talent has gotten better such as QB Jordan Godwin, OLB Evan Walsh and FS Isaac Watkins, or They’ve added new talent through HS or even Redshirts such as Redshirts RB Tom Honeycutt and DT Andrew Barron and Freshman HSs DE Da’Quan Darden and OLB Jordan Butler. They will be title contenders, but will they improve further and take the next step or take a step backwards and fall out of the playoffs.

 

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Top 3 Offensive:

QB Jordan Godwin 6-0 190 So Pleasant Grove (Grove, UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket]

TE Mason Parks 6-1 232 (Jr) Gabbs (Gabbs, NV) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving]

RB Tom Honeycutt 5-11 228 (Fr) Tonopah (Tonopah, NV) 2.0 of 4.5 [Power]

 

Top 3 Defensive:

OLB Evan Walsh 5-11 218 Jr Truckee (Truckee, NV) 5.0 of 5.0 [Coverage]

DT Andrew Barron 6-2 318 (Fr) Hayfork (Hayfork, CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap]

FS Isaac Watkins 6-0 194 So Hilltop (Vista, CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]

 

Top Special Team:

ATH Phillip Crow 6-1 180 (So) Valley (Bakersfield, CA) 3.5 of 5.0 [Accuracy]

 

Notable Offseason Additions:

WR Ibrahim Woods 6-2 186 Fr Beatty (Beatty NV) 1.5 of 4.0 [Speed]

DE Jesse McKay 6-7 257 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Contain]

CB Tegray Wingard 6-0 200 (Jr) Salem Community College (Carneys Point NJ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]

DE Da'Quan Darden 6-5 253 Fr Elmira (Elmira OR) 1.5 of 5.0 [Blitz]

OLB Jordan Butler 6-0 221 Fr Mountain View (Las Vegas NV) 1.5 of 5.0 [Blitz]

 

Notable Offseason Subtractions

WR Darius Goode 6-5 232 Sr Kishwaukee College (Malta, IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target]

DE Ethan McCall 6-0 263 Sr Western Nebraska Community College (Scotts Bluff, NE) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]

ILB Akeel Morris 6-5 234 Jr Silver Stage (Silver Springs, NV) 5.0 of 5.0 [Mike]:

 

Quick Thoughts:

Akeel leaving really leaves a big hole in that LB core and having Shaver replace him doesn’t help their situation but adding Butler to complement Walsh on the side really their OLB position. They really worked quick to add more talent to their DEs after McCall left. They added another good CB to help that core. Nevada should’ve worked on improving that O-Line but that aside, a pretty successful recruiting cycle.


 

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1. Can Nevada continue like normal without Akeel Morris

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This is possibly the biggest storyline throughout the MWC, their team is very solid throughout but without their glue guy Akeel, will Nevada start to collapse?

 

Akeel has been maybe the greatest player in Nevada history, joined the hometown team, was a tackling monster, and propelled Nevada to that national stage. He had 231 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 4 INTs and also was a 2 time Dick Butkus award winner, a Jack Lambert Trophy winner, and a 3 time All-American. He’s the Prototypical LB everyone wants to have. The production he created will never be matched for a long time, but now with Walsh and Butler on the outside, they might be okay to continue but they will feel the loss of Morris.

 

2. How will they fair with several freshman being thrusted into starting jobs

 

With players like Woods, McKay, Darden, Butler, Honeycutt and Barron having to take starting positions as either a redshirt or true freshman, will they be able to produce or reduce?

 

These players were brought in to produce right away as to replace former players, the problem is that these are freshman and they might not produce at the level you want, sure, they are freshman, but this is a legitimate contender and to be relying on freshman so heavily might not be a good thing, but they could turn out and become a good role player for this season and maybe be a vital part.

 

3. Will they be able to reach the promise land again this season

 

Nevada, a team coupled with losses of veterans and additions of youth, might or might not make the playoffs again, last year they snuck in over Minnesota as the #8 seed, but can they do the same this season?

 

Nevada’s roster has had half of their team revamped and changed, hopefully for the better. This team ended off the season 12-2 after losing in a heartbreaker to Nevada on a 53 YD FG by Lorenzo Rodgers and losing to the #1 Clemson and had Akeel declaring early for the draft. They have no great replacement for Morris as Shaver will be the starting ILB and Shaver’s decent at best and Goode left and Nevada only has O’Neill and Woods to replace him. But that doesn’t mean everything is bad, Buter can pair up with Walsh and Darden and McKay can work together. Only time can tell.

 

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Best-Case Scenario

 

Nevada’s Freshman can pick up where the whole team left off and end off the season undefeated and top 3 in the poll, they make the playoff as the #5 or #6 seed and lose in first round as Honeycutt wins the Jim Brown Trophy and Walsh wins the Dick Butkus award and is a All-American along with Godwin.


 

Worst-Case Scenario

 

Nevada can’t create chemistry with each other and start off with a rough start, by the time they start doing good it’s too late and they don’t make the playoffs and make the bowl, which they lose and left to think what could’ve been.

 

 

What do you guys think, Will Nevada Progress or Regress?


 

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