Robert Gagliardi, WyoSports’ senior editor, did a question-and-answer session with Chris Murray, who covers Nevada for the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The first set are questions Gagliardi asked Murray. The second are questions from Murray.
Look for Q&As with writers who cover the opponents of the University of Wyoming every Friday.
Nevada’s pistol offense has been one of the best in the nation. What has made it so effective so far this season and what, if anything, have teams been able to do to slow it down at times?
The scheme is so unique that teams facing it for the first time struggle to stop it. I think that’s a big advantage for Nevada in its first swing through the Mountain West. The biggest issue teams have is the misdirection. The Pistol can hit a defense in a number of areas and with the pre-snap motion and read-option element. That creates defensive hesitation, and when you create that, you have a major advantage. Throw talented players into the scheme, like quarterback Cody Fajardo, running back Stefphon Jefferson, receiver Brandon Wimberly and tight end Zach Sudfeld, and it’s a nightmare for the opposition. Making it tougher to stop is Fajardo’s ability to throw, which Colin Kaepernick often struggled with. The only times Nevada has been slowed down is when it has turned the ball over or had too many penalties. Nevada is going to move the ball, but defenses have to be sturdy in the red zone and forced field goals rather than touchdowns.