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New Faces, Familiar Strategy for 2013 Pack Football

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When the Wolf Pack takes the field against UCLA in Hollywood on Saturday night, it will be a very different team than fans have seen in the past. If you could describe the Pack in one word, "new" would be it.

The Pack has new uniforms, many new players and of course, a new coach, Brian Polian, who is trying to buck a losing trend.

Over the past 10 years, when the Nevada football team has been coached by someone other than Chris Ault, the Wolf Pack's 49-65, with only three winning seasons.

The question being tossed around by Pack fans this year is will Polian be any better than Ault's past replacements.

"Polian gets it," said the Reno Gazette's Wolf Pack Beat Writer Dan Hinxman. "There's an energy out there. The players are talking about how much more energy there is on campus."

Although there's a new face roaming the sidelines, the old coach's pistol offense will still be featured.

Ault's understudy and returning Offensive Coordinator, Nick Rolovich, vows this will be an exciting, high-powered offense.

The man leading the charge is dual threat, junior quarterback, Cody Fajardo.

"He's a potential 3,500 yard thrower and 1,000 yard rusher," said Channel 2 Sports Director Garrett Dearborn. "You just never know because it all depends on how the season goes, but the potential is there with that guy."

Defensively, the Pack has struggled in the past, finishing 102nd in the nation last year.

This season, it's a young unit, lead by a new Defensive Coordinator, Scottie Hazelton.

"This year, they want their defensive lineman, their ends to crash from the outside. You're going to see a lot more sacks, a lot more tackles for loss," said Hinxman.

The Pack is facing some formidable opponents in a good, not great Mountain West Conference. Fresno State is stacked with offense and Boise State is--well, need I say more.

Hinxman said next year the Pack will be good, but this could be a learning year. 

"They are very young, they're inexperienced in a few spots and they've got a very touch schedule. I think this is going to be a difficult year, but they have a bright future."

To watch the Wolf Pack 2013 Football Season Preview show, tune in for Face the State this weekend. It airs Saturday at 4:30 in the morning and Sunday at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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