QB Jeff Rowe

2005 Statistics

Coach: Chris Ault
177-73-1, 21 years
2005 Record: 9-3
UNLV WON 22-14
at Colorado State LOST 21-42
at San Jose State WON 30-23
at Boise State LOST 14-49
at New Mexico State WON 48-24
at Utah State WON 30-24
vs. UCF WON 49-48 (OT)

2005 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2006 Outlook

Head coach Chris Ault is a living legacy in the annals of Nevada football. This alum (’65-’67) was hired in 1976 to resurrect a decaying Wolfpack program. He has taken them from being a Division II also-ran to a top team in the WAC. An inductee into the College Football Hall-of-Fame (2002), the program has rebounded well from more-recent woes to now return as a surprise league co-champion. With a top-notch QB in place and talent across the board, they won’t sneak up on foes this time around.

Rowe is the field general who controls their “pistol” offense with strong command, taking this modified spread attack to great heights with his quick feet and size to roll out and make savvy decisions. One major link needing to come back from injury is RB Robert Hubbard. The OL has been shuffled and bolstered, and they have to hit the ground gelled and ready for the tough early foes lined up (see below). With an offense that usually keeps Nevada in the game, the precision of their ball moving machine means little in an offense that runs it first if/when these elements cannot come together.

Defensively, they already look good as run-stoppers in their 3-4 approach. The corners are strong, but the safeties will have to heed hard early lessons quickly if Nevada is to come out of its first four games with a .500 mark. The LBs are the strength of the D, and with four of them (to go with four quality backups), the Wolfpack can improve their stopping quality, which was the teams’ Achilles Heel in 2005.

The daunting task early comes in the form of an initial trip to Fresno, and then non-cons Arizona State (away), Colorado State, Northwestern and UNLV (in Las Vegas) are all in a row right after. The home closer with Boise could decide the WAC and is a battle of 2005’s co-champs. Yes, Nevada could easily be right there in this three-team race, but count them out if Rowe is lost to injury – he is their only chance to stay with the Broncos and the Bulldogs. This will again be a fun team to watch, and they should stay with any quality of opponent.

Projected 2006 record: 8-4
QB - 4 DL - 2
RB - 2.5 LB - 4
WR - 2.5 DB - 3.5
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Jeff Rowe, 389-241-10, 2925 yds., 21 TD

Rushing: Robert Hubbard, 122 att., 719 yds., 11 TD

Receiving: Caleb Spencer, 67 rec., 889 yds., 7 TD

Scoring: Brett Jaekle, 12-15 FG, 50-53 PAT, 86 pts.

Punting: none

Kicking: Brett Jaekle, 12-15 FG, 50-53 PAT, 86 pts.

Tackles: Ezra Butler, 75 tot., 44 solo

Sacks: Ezra Butler, 5.5 sacks

Interceptions: Joe Garcia, 4 for 62 yds.

Kickoff returns: Robert Hubbard, 13 ret., 24.0 avg., 0 TD

Punt returns: Alex Rosenblum, 4 ret., 9.5 avg., 0 TD


OG Barrett Reznick
OFFENSE: B.J. Mitchell-RB, Nichiren Flowers-WR, Adam Kiefer-OT, Tony Moll-OT
DEFENSE: Craig Bailey-DE, Roosevelt Cooks-WLB, Kevin Stanley-CB, Roderick Stallings-SS, Justin Bergendahl-P
Local (Reno) product Jeff Rowe returns for his senior season and is the main reason we see Nevada in the top 50. Rowe is a big, sturdy dual-threat who, if he keeps improving like he has each year up til now, will soon have a job on Sundays. Rowe’s command of their four-WR look relies as much on his decision-making skills as it does on his feet to make something happen when nothing is open, or to just produce yards when his number is called initially. Senior Travis Moore has some limited experience in the system, and since he also runs with the rock well, he is the likely choice if a reserve is needed here. But his shoulder injury held him out of spring ball, which elevates the likely status of RS freshman Nick Graziano. Graziano is the obvious starter for ’07, so this pure-passer will see reps regardless, though he changes the play-calls. Rowe needs to stay healthy for the Wolfpack to go their farthest.

Running Back
Senior Robert Hubbard supplants the league’s Offensive Player of the Year (B.J. Mitchell), but with softer hands and a better average per try, this JUCO-transfer has the wares to be just as good, if not better. His durability as the main workhorse has to be questioned with the hernia injury that kept him out of spring drills. But he is a natural team leader, so his presence is necessary to make everyone benefit from his efforts, regardless. Senior Kyle Eklund will also see the field on gameday, though he has little experience coming out of the backfield. RS frosh Mike Kanellis, like QB Graziano, is the likely future of this one-back approach. Similar in size to both other listed TBs, Kanellis will get his opportunities to shine so all can stay fresh. Guys like ex-DB Luke Lippincott have been employed here due to need – as coach Ault puts it, “you can’t go through a season with only one or two backs. You need three or four…(even some) incoming freshmen will get an opportunity to contribute here.” This unit ranked 22nd in the nation with almost 200 yards per game, so some new blood has to be established for the ground dimension to remain that strong.

Senior Caleb Spencer leads a bevy of returning starters who know how to make open spaces available in their three- and four-WR sets. Classmate Kyle Sammons is another JUCO-transfer (all-American honorable mention at that level) who also goes deep to open up the coverages. Big sophomore Jack Darlington, who started four games in his first year, cannot be ignored as a field-stretching type, and his size makes jump balls winnable. Classmate Mike McCoy rounds out the returning starters for the Wolfpack. He, like Darlington, showed enough (13+ yards per his 17 receptions) in his first year to start a few times, and the former prep all-State (CA) selection is just waiting to break out. We know Ault likes to try new blood, so the line of recruits from last year and this will assuredly contribute until the best new role-players are established. That includes good open-field blockers, and in a run-first offense (though it is a spread approach), such qualities are all needed to find the right guys.

Tight End
Senior all-WAC selection Anthony Pudewell has decent size to go with his soft hands. Their fourth-leading receiver, Pudewell is often lined up in the slot. Adam Bishop proves to be similar in his well-rounded abilities. Depth here isn’t as developed in either capacity, so these two staying healthy is a must for the team’s sophisticated sets to hold maximum water.

Offensive Line
All-WAC senior left guard Barrett Reznick is one of the only experienced linemen, so “the union” will have to truly come together is a revamped format for this offense to remain formidable. Senior center Jimmy Wadhams returns to his middle position after tearing his ACL in their fourth game of ’05. Super soph Dominic Green, a starter at center in Wadhams place in his first year, moves outside to “wide” tackle, while former starting left guard Charles Manu, now a junior, is likely to find his home at the other tackle spot. Athletic new guard Greg Hall should make the line a strong, versatile group amongst the starters. JUCO-transfer A.J. Slater and senior Reid Jacobs add more sizable depth to the outside, but the inside isn’t as bolstered with experience. With Fresno to start and four big non-cons all lined up early, this line will either come together fast or have to learn quickly from their mistakes.

This is a creative “pistol” offense under coordinator Chris Klenakis, and with Rowe returning and the pension each year to show improvements, big things are expected. The snarlers look strong, and that is important in their three- and four-WR spread sets that distract foes as much as they burn them. But a new look to the line and back-up RBs seems to have some worried in Reno. Nevada did convert 49% of their third-downs (ranked 8th nationally) and held the ball for over 33 minutes per game to lead Division I-A. Similarly strong were their rankings – 30th for passing and 22nd for rushing, basically made them one of 12 teams to average 200 yards per game for both categories. But the RBs have only one established guy (who was out for spring due to injury), and the line is repositioned, though with three starters from ’05, so making this sophisticated ball-moving, run-first machine hum at such recent past levels will be a challenge. Rowe’s feet as an added dimension will be needed to keep those tough early foes off-balance, and his health is the most important factor for Nevada to stay where they were when they won a share of the conference crown.


WR Caleb Spencer


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Jeff Rowe-Sr (6-5, 225) Travis Moore-Sr (6-2, 215)
RB Robert Hubbard-Sr (5-11, 195) Kyle Eklund-Sr (5-9, 185)
WR Caleb Spencer-Sr (5-11, 180) Jack Darlington-So (6-2, 190)
WR Kyle Sammons-Sr (6-0, 190) Alex Rosenblum-Sr (5-9, 185)
WR Mike McCoy-So (6-0, 190) Arthur King-Fr (6-1, 195)
TE Anthony Pudewell-Sr (6-3, 240) Adam Bishop-Jr (6-4, 245)
OT Charles Manu-Jr (6-3, 300) Reid Jacobs-Sr (6-4, 295)
OG Barrett Reznick-Sr (6-1, 285) Mike DeMars-So (6-2, 305)
C Jimmy Wadhams-Sr (6-3, 290) Kyle Robertson-Jr (6-3, 290)
OG Greg Hall-So (6-3, 285) ..
OT Dominic Green-So (6-2, 290) A.J. Slater-Jr (6-4, 300)
K Brett Jaekle-So (6-2, 225) ..


Defensive Line
Two starters return to this three-man front, and all of the Packs’ starters are well-sized upperclassmen for modest improvements to occur. Senior Charles Wilson needs to return to his superior form of 2004 for this unit to pull its weight. Capable of lining up inside, too, Wilson breaks through his blocks quite often, so he often takes up two hats. Over 20% of Erics Clark’s tackles were for loss in ’05, so these two ends can cause much disruption on their own. Depth behind them is inexperienced, but promising. Junior Matt Hines is an athletic presence at NT, making the line worthy of better numbers than were earned in ’05 (team allowed 4.3 yards per carry, had only 6.5 sacks amongst these three). Still, they do well at their primary task - setting up the LBs for stops.

The Pack’s corps features three returning starters, and the fourth starter was a first-teamer in 2004, making this a decided strength. Junior SAM Ezra Butler is a slimmed-down ex-DE who can move well laterally to create an impressive stat-line (15.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles). Classmate Jeremy Engstrom was all-conference as a freshman (’04), and now he moves from MIKE to BANDIT. Senior Jason DeMars is a run-plugger who took over the MIKE slot late in ’05 due to his size and toughness. Joshua Mauga really impressed his first year at SAM, enough to start most of the season there last year. But now he takes over at the vacant WOLF position, and his speed and svelte look mean he will specialize in covering TEs. Each of these guys is at least 245lbs (Mauga), and with experienced upperclassmen behind each, expect much in underneath coverage and run-stopping from start to finish.

Defensive Back
Senior Joe Garcia is the main anchor in a secondary that has new faces to go with a few experienced guys who have starting experience. Garcia, a well-sized ball-hawk who broke up 14 passes highlighted by four INTs, makes the Lott Trophy watch list as well as our honorable mention all-Americans. Sophomore DeAngelo Wilson is good enough to surpass proven junior Shannon Sevor for the other corner start, and hot JUCO-transfer Devon Walker rounds out a talented crew. Sergio Villasenor is the lone returning starter in back (FS), but with only three games as the main guy, the weight he carries puts a lot of pressure on the well-sized junior. RS frosh Mike Samples has proven much in spring, enough to get the other starting slot with his speed and hitting ability. Not much proven depth here means last year’s 104th ranking pass defense has to be improved via the new blood, and that can be a good thing if they can gel quickly.

A strong front seven in now the second year of their new 3-4 look is necessary for the Wolfpack to improve its marginal 88th total defensive ranking from last campaign. They are good, and especially the LB corps can make for a better showing. It will be trial by fire for the secondary with the onslaught of good foes to start, and the corners can likely lockdown their assignments while the LBs keep any runs from getting behind them – a tall task, for sure, but the new safeties are not up to speed with the rest of the defense. But the new faces there should help what was the Wolfpack’s weakest area. With the offense able to keep these guys off the field (were only on the field an average of 26:48 in ’05), they have to do better than allowing 32 points per contest (101st rank) to get anywhere.


CB Joe Garcia


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Charles Wilson-Sr (6-4, 270) Mundrae Clifton-So (6-1, 295)
NT Matt Hines-Jr (6-1, 285) Nate Agaiava-Fr (6-2, 285)
DE Erics Clark-Jr (6-5, 260) Sam Stewart-So (6-3, 275)
SLB Ezra Butler-Jr (6-2, 255) Nick Fuhr-Jr (6-3, 245)
MLB Jason DeMars-Sr (6-2, 255) Kevin Porter-Jr (6-1, 240)
WLB Joshua Mauga-So (6-2, 245) Scott Garrison-Sr (5-11, 220)
BAN Jeremy Engstrom-Jr (6-1, 247) Selevasio Fauolo-Sr (6-3, 220)
CB Joe Garcia-Sr (6-0, 180) Shannon Sevor-Jr (5-10, 196)
CB De'Angelo Wilson-So (5-10, 185) Devon Walker-Jr (6-0, 180)
SS Mike Samples-So (6-0, 195) Uche Anyanwu-So (6-4, 220)
FS Sergio Villasenor-Jr (6-1, 206) Nick Hawthrone-Sr (6-0, 200)
P Thomas Barcia-So (5-7, 160) ..



Sophomore Brett Jaekle should continue to improve after a rather nice showing in his first year as PK. He just doesn’t seem to be relied upon to make many outside the 40 (1-for-2 in that range, with none tried over 50). Covering returns seems to be a weakpoint that better depth in the defensive ranks should marginally improve.

Sophomore Thomas Barcia takes over, and his leg seems strong, but inconsistent as far as hangtime and yardage. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that other walk-ons will be brought in for fall to compete for the punting spot. Net results were also somewhat marginal, so special teams coach Scott Baumgartner needs to be scrutinized if thing do not improve here and in KO coverages.

Return Game
Robert Hubbard’s return to full health is needed on KORs with his 24+ average, for backup Kyle Sammons may have speed (10.7 in the 100), but his 14+ average from ’05 promises little. Senior Joe Garcia and Alex Rosenbaum look like a better tandem to take over the PR slot vacated by Kevin Stanley.