Pack To Host Rice For Homecoming
 
 

Oct. 12, 2004

RENO, Nev. - THIS WEEK: Nevada (2-4, 0-2 WAC) vs. Rice (3-2, 2-1 WAC) at Mackay Stadium (31,900, FieldTurf), Reno, Nev., 6:05 p.m. PDT for Homecoming. No television. Radio via the Wolf Pack Sports Network. See below for details.

TELEVISION/RADIO: There is no television this week but the Wolf Pack Sports Network, with ESPN Radio 630 AM (Reno) serving as the flagship, features Dan Gustin in his 30th year on play-by-play and former Wolf Pack assistant coach Dr. Billy Daniel providing the color. Stations in Sacramento, Elko and Grass Valley also carry the game on radio. (More TV and radio information is detailed later in this release).

GAMES' THEMES: The Pack faces an unfamiliar offensive style in the wishbone option attack used by Rice. The nation's best rushing squad in Rice faces one of the top individual rushers in the WAC (fourth) in Nevada's Chance Krestschmer. Two long-time coaches face each other for the first time in Rice's Ken Hatfield and Nevada's Chris Ault. Two defenses looking for some consistency will face daunting tasks against two high-powered, yet very different offensive schemes in Nevada's wide-open passing yet balanced attack and Rice's pounding wishbone option.
 

 

THE SERIES: The series is tied, 2-2, with both teams taking the contests in their home stadiums. Rice won in Houston last year, 52-42. Nevada won two years ago in Reno, 31-21. Hatfield is 2-2 against the Pack.

ABOUT RICE: The Owls feature two of the top running backs in the WAC in Ed Bailey (115.8) and Greg Henderson (94.8) as well as quarterback Joel Armstrong who averages 104.3 yards rushing per game. Defensively, Rice is led by Chad Price, who averages 7.6 tackles per game. Rice is first in the nation in rushing offense (361.2),18th in the NCAA in scoring offense (34.2), 29th in kickoff returns (22.9), and 28th in total offense (415.4).

MEDIA POLICY: All interviews should be arranged through the media services office. Player interviews may be conducted Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Coaches will be available every day but Fridays, either before or after practice. Please note that posted material in the fieldhouse is not for public consumption and is for team use only. We prefer 24-hour notice for all interview requests so we have time to arrange with the student-athlete or coach. Once practice has begun, all interviews must cease. If for some reason a player is late for a pre-determined interview and practice has started, that player is expected to forego the interview. Practices are at Wolf Pack Park and start at 3:15 p.m. except Mondays, which usually begin at 4:15 p.m. Road post-game interviews will be conducted outside the locker room.

HONORS WATCH LISTS: Harvey Dahl (Sr., OT, Fallon, Nev.) was selected to the pre-season Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists, which honor the top linemen each year. Damon Fine (Sr., PK, Indianapolis, Ind.) was named to the 30-man Lou Groza Award Watch List as the nation's top kicker. He was on the pre-season list in 2002. Chance Kretschmer (Sr., RB, Tonopah, Nev.) was named to the Doak Walker Award list as the nation's top running back for the third straight year by the SMU Athletic Forum.

WEEKLY LUNCHEON: Every Monday between Sept. 13-Nov. 22, Coach Ault and two selected players will speak to donors and the media at the Quarterback Club luncheons in the Pinion Room of the Peppermill Hotel/Casino. Doors open at 11:30 s.m. with the program starting just before noon. Cost is $12.50 per person. The remaining schedule is October 11-18-25, and November 8-15-22.

WEEKLY WAC TELECONFERENCE: The weekly WAC teleconference is every Monday throughout the season, beginning at 9:30 Pacific. Coach Ault is on at approximately 10:20 Pacific each week. Contact the WAC at 303-799-9221 for questions or details on how to participate in the conference call. A replay may be heard by calling 402-222-9904 after 2 p.m. Pacific the same day or access via the WAC's website at www.wacsports.com.

RELEASE INFORMATION: Releases and stats are emailed to our media as pdf documents and also available at www.nevadawolfpack.com.


2004 Nevada Schedule
(2-4, 0-2 WAC)

Date Opponent Time/Result Sept. 6 at Louisiana Tech (ESPN2) n L, 38-21 Sept. 11 SACRAMENTO STATE W, 59-7 Sept. 18 BUFFALO W, 38-13 Sept. 25 at San Diego State (Charter Cable) L, 27-10 Oct. 2 at UNLV (Charter Cable) L, 48-13 Oct. 9 at Hawai`i n (Charter Cable) L, 48-26 Oct. 16 RICE n 6:05 p.m. PDT Oct. 23 TULSAn 6:05 p.m. PDT Nov. 6 SAN JOSE STATE (Charter Cable)n 6:07 p.m. PST Nov. 13 at SMU n (Charter Cable) 5:07 p.m. CST Nov. 20 at Fresno State (Charter Cable)n 6:07 p.m. PST Nov. 27 BOISE STATEn 1:05 p.m. PST

n Western Athletic Conference games Bold CAPS indicates home games TV games in parenthesis. Charter games on Ch. 14 in Reno/Sparks/Fallon, Ch. 15 in Carson City/Douglas County and Ch. 18 in South Lake Tahoe.

WOLF PACK SPORTS NETWORK: The Wolf Pack Sports Network is in its first year of existence. Encompassing radio, TV and website broadcasts, telecasts, video streaming and webcasts of Nevada football and men's basketball as well as marketing opportunities, the Wolf Pack Sports Network looks to expand to women's basketball, baseball and other special events in the coming years. The network is coordinated by Nevada's assistant athletics director/marketing and promotions, Kurt Esser. Serving as the flagship station again is ESPN Radio 630 AM in Reno through Gustin Sports Productions. GSP President Dan Gustin, the "Voice of the Pack", will do play-by-play of all football games for the 30th season. Former Nevada assistant football coach Bill Daniel will again serve as color analyst and ESPN Radio's Sports Director Don Marchand will serve as producer. Sideline reports will be provided by Lotus Radio personality Steve Diamond for home games. Radio coverage begins one hour prior to kick-off. All of Nevada's regular-season games will be carried by ESPN Radio as well as on KELK 1240 AM in Elko, Nev. New to the network this year, and thus the creation of the Wolf Pack Sports Network, are KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas, KFIA 710 AM in Sacramento and KCEE 103.3 FM in Nevada City/Grass Valley, Calif. KFIA will carry 10 games (not SJSU or SMU) and KSHP nine Nevada football games (not Buffalo, UNLV or SMU) due to other programming conflicts, while KCEE will carry all 12 contests. All three stations will carry 17 men's basketball games plus any post-season games in both sports. The expansion more than doubles the number of stations carrying Wolf Pack broadcasts, from two outlets to five stations, and could increase the listenership to nine million from the previous 400,000 potential listeners. KFIA reaches into the Bay Area in addition to covering Sacramento while KSHP covers Las Vegas and most of Southern Nevada. KCEE covers much of the area between Sacramento and KFIA's coverage area and into the Sierra's where ESPN Radio coverage ends.

TELEVISION PARTNERSHIP: Nevada Athletics has entered into a new multi-media partnership with the Reno Gazette-Journal and Charter Communications that will provide television coverage for six football games and a minimum of six men's basketball games. This partnership will also include production of 11 special Wolf Pack "Game Day" publications for all home football games and five selected home men's basketball games, as well as online coverage of all games. The Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ) will work with Charter Communications to air the Pack on Charter's Channel 14 in Reno/Sparks. Charter Channels 15 in Carson City/Douglas County and18 in South Lake Tahoe will also air the games. Key components of the partnership include the RGJ's management and funding for television production of select Wolf Pack football and basketball games are included in the arrangement. The three-year agreement also provides the RGJ inventory rights to the in-game commercial time. Charter will receive complete programming and have the option to air an extended pre/post game show and a weekly program produced by KOLO-TV that will cover all the happenings with the Wolf Pack. SportsWest, a television production company based in Salt Lake City, will produce the locally-televised contests and has familiarity with Nevada since they currently produce telecasts arranged through the Western Athletic Conference office. Rich Cellini, (Chuh-LEE-nee) a familiar face on FOX Sports telecasts, will be Nevada's play-by-play announcer. A color analyst has yet to be determined. The Wolf Pack Sports Network is in its first year of existence, and encompasses radio, TV and website broadcasts, telecasts, and video streaming of Nevada football and men's basketball as well as marketing opportunities. In future years, women's basketball and baseball and selected other athletics events will be part of the Wolf Pack Sports Network.

DOWN THE ROAD: Nevada continues at home for the second straight week when Tulsa comes here for a 6:05 p.m. contest October 23.

KRETSCHMER'S 100-YARD GAMES: Slowed by some cartilage damage to his left knee the first day of practice, senior Chance Kretschmer played sparingly at Louisiana Tech in the season opener but started vs. Sacramento State and rushed for over 100 yards for the 14th time in his career and added another 100-yard outing vs. Buffalo, his 15th. Kretschmer added 178 yards, his highest total since his freshman season, at Hawai`i and a touchdown for his 16th such performance. The 2001 NCAA rushing leader is from Tonopah, Nev., and a Doak Walker Award nominee for the third straight year. Here are his year- by-year 100-yard games.

Kretschmer 2001
Opponent	Att	Yds	TD's	APC
Colorado State	24	114	1	4.8
Hawaii`i*	31	162	0	5.2
UNLV*		23	163	1	7.1
La Tech*	30	242	1	8.1
Rice*		29	134	1	4.6
SJSU^		26	190	3	7.3
Fresno State^	30	126	1	4.2
UTEP^		45	327	6	7.3
*Consecutive games over 100 (4)
^Consecutive games over 100 (3)

Kretschmer 2002 NA - Injured first play of second game

Kretschmer 2003 Opponent Att Yds TD's APC Southern Utah 26 170 0 6.5 SJSU 32 156 3 4.0 SMU 24 122 0 5.0 Tulsa 31 171 2 5.5 Rice 23 126 2 5.5

Kretschmer 2004 Opponent Att Yds TD's APC Sacramento St. 14 102 0 7.3 Buffalo 22 154 1 7.0 Hawai`i 34 178 1 5.2

WAC PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK, SEPT. 20: Jeremy Engstrom, a red-shirt freshman from Visalia, Calif. (Golden West HS), led the Wolf Pack with nine tackles including 1.5 for lost yardage (-3) in a 38-13 win over Buffalo. Engstrom also had his first career interception, which Nevada converted into a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Pack's defense held Buffalo to just 288 total yards of offense.


2004 WAC Standings

School WAC Games All Games Boise State 2-0 5-0 Louisiana Tech 2-0 3-3 Rice 2-1 3-2 Hawaii`i 2-1 2-2 UTEP 1-1 3-2 San Jose State 1-1 2-3 SMU 1-2 1-5 Tulsa 0-1 1-4 Fresno State 0-2 3-2 Nevada 0-2 2-4

RADIO VIA THE WEB AND TEAMLINE: There are other ways to follow the Pack if you can't get to Mackay Stadium or follow the team on the road. You can listen to the games via the official website www.nevadawolfpack.com and going to yahoo.com and then clicking on the audio/visual link. Nevada has aligned itself with Teamline for the fifth straight year and allows those to listen to the game from anywhere via the phone. Call 1-800-846-4700, 1116 for Nevada football. Long distance rates apply but decrease the longer one listens. All home games and most road games will have Gametracker via nevadawolfpack.com, allowing fans to watch the game via the web through live stats.

TICKET INFORMATION: Individual game tickets are $22 for reserved, $16 for end zone, and $14 for upper deck for the first five games (Sacramento State, Sept. 11, Buffalo, Sept. 18; Rice, Oct. 16; Tulsa, Oct. 23; and San Jose State, Nov. 6) and for the Boise State game, Nov. 27, tickets are $25 for reserved seats, $18 for end zone tickets, and $16 for upper deck as well as for "at risk" youth sponsorship tickets for that game. Season tickets are $115 for the six-game home slate for reserved seats, $80 for south end zone seats, $70 for general admission tickets in the upper deck while a family pack (two adults, two children) can be purchased for $160 and Nevada faculty and staff may buy season tickets for just $96. Group rates are also available. Senior citizens age 62 and over and youths 17 and under may receive a $2 discount on individual game tickets if purchased in advance of the game. Contact the ticket office at 348-PACK (7225) to place a ticket order or if you have ticket questions.

WAC BOWL ARRANGEMENTS: The WAC has tie-ins with four bowls, including the MPC Computers Bowl (Boise, Idaho, Dec. 27, noon MST, ESPN; the Silicon Valley Football Classic (San Jose, Calif., Dec. 30, 8 p.m. PST, ESPN2; the Sheraton Hawaii`i Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii`i (Dec. 24, 2:00 p.m. HST) on ESPN Regional; and the GMAC Bowl, Mobile, Ala. (Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. CST) on ESPN. An ACC foe will play a WAC opponent at Bronco Stadium in the MPC Computers Bowl, a PAC-10 opponent will compete in the Silicon Valley Football Classic, a member of Conference USA will meet in the Sheraton Hawaii`i Bowl and another Conference USA member will face either a WAC or Mid-American Conference foe in the GMAC Bowl.

WAC STATS LEADERS: Nichiren Flowers is second in receiving yards per game with 94.0 and ranks 19th in the NCAA in that category. He is second in receptions per game with 7.17 and ranks 10th in the NCAA. Jeff Rowe is third in passing yards average with 188.7 yards per game and fourth in total offense with 178.8 yards per game. Rowe is fourth in pass efficiency with a 116.7 rating. Chance Kretschmer is fourth in rushing (97.3 yards p/game). Alex Rosenblum is seventh in punt return average (8.5). Fine is fifth in kick scoring 6.8 per game. He is also fifth in field goals (1.17) and fourth in field goal percentage (.700). Chris Barry leads in fumbles recovered with .40 per game and is fifth in sacks with .80 p/game. Charles Wilson is fifth in tackles for loss with 1.50. Flowers also has the second-best, one-game receiving yards total with 161 against Buffalo.

NEVADA IN WAC STATS: Nevada ranks third in passing offense (268.8), third in total offense (425.7), fourth in passing defense (180.8) and fourth in passing efficiency (119.2). The Pack is first in first downs (150) and in kickoff coverage (17.4). They are also third in time of possession (32:57).

NEVADA IN NATIONAL STATS: Nevada is 19th in passing offense and 23rd in total offense.

NEVADA CAREER LEADERS IN THE WAC: Chance Kretschmer is 9th in rushing (3,553), ranks 16th (31) in rushing TD's while Damon Fine ranks 11th (45) in field goals made and 26th (240) in points scored.

LAST WEEK IN THE WAC: Hawaii 48, Nevada 26; Auburn 52, La Tech 7; Washington 21, San Jose State 6; Rice 44, SMU 10; UTEP 24, Fresno State 21.

THIS WEEK IN THE WAC: Nevada vs. Rice, 6:05 p.m. PDT; La Tech at SMU, 5 p.m. CDT; Boise State at Tulsa, 6 p.m. CDT; Hawai`i at UTEP, 7:05 p.m. MDT.

NOTES FROM SACRAMENTO STATE: Chance Kretschmer rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this year and 14th in his career...The Pack had two rushers go over 100 yards with red-shirt freshman Drew Robinson topping that mark for the first time...Nevada went over 500 yards total offense for the first time since the Louisiana Tech game last year...Chris Ault improved to 18-2 in home openers...Nevada scored its most points since a 63-0 win over Cal Poly in 1998...Nevada never attempted a punt against the Hornets...Nevada improved to 4-2 on September 11 historically.

NOTES FROM BUFFALO: Walk-on Jimmy Wadhams started in place of Thomas Stevens, who has a sprained ankle. Nick Hawthrone, who missed the Sac State game after opening at strong safety at Louisiana Tech, missed the game. Shannon Sevor, a red-shirt freshman, made his second straight start at that position vs. the Bulls...Nichiren Flowers (Jr., Tulare, Calif.) had two TD receptions, 41 and 51 yards, respectively, in the first half and finished the game with nine catches for 161 yards. The 51-yarder is the longest play from scrimmage this year for Nevada...Chance Kretschmer had a 52-yard run, his longest of the year and the longest of any back this year. He went over 100 yards for the 15th time in his career and second straight game this year with a season-high 154 yards...The 74-yard run by Buffalo's Chris McDuffie was the longest since a 76-yard pass play by Boise State against the Pack in the season finale last year...Jeff Rowe threw for over 200 yards for the second straight week...Red-shirt freshman Jeremy Engstrom had his first career interception as did Shaun Tagatauli, a senior linebacker...There was some confusion as to which officials would work this game. A crew from the MAC (Mid-American Conference) worked the game and a WAC crew will work the return game in Buffalo in 2009.

NOTES FROM SAN DIEGO STATE: Jeff Rowe passed for over 200 yards for the third straight game...Kevin Stanley had his first interception in a Nevada uniform...Paul Pratt led the defense with nine tackles, five of them solos, had a forced fumble and a pass breakup...Caleb Spencer has his best day as a member of the Pack with 10 catches for 103 yards...Damon Fine had his first field goal attempt blocked in his four-year career at Nevada and converted one of two for the game. He continued his string of 17 consecutive PAT's and 24 straight dating to the Louisiana Tech game last year.

NOTES FROM UNLV: Several starter changes took place for the UNLV game: - senior Talib Wise got his first start at one of the wide receiver positions over fellow senior Dell McGee. Junior Roosevelt Cooks started at middle linebacker but with the 3-4 alignment, senior Shaun Tagatauli became the fourth and second inside linebacker. Junior Kevin Stanley opened at cornerback over fellow junior Roderick Stallings and sophomore Nick Hawthrone regained his starting role at strong safety in place of red-shirt freshman Shannon Sevor...Damon Fine is now fourth in career PAT's with 103 and is zeroing in on Fernando Serrano in third with 106. He is now alone in third with 43 career field goals with his two tonight and is still perfect on PAT's with 18 of 18 this year...Chance Kretschmer now has 406 yards on the year and 3,375 for his career...Chris Barry recovered his second fumble of the year to tie Charles Wilson for the team lead.

NOTES FROM HAWAI`i: George Yarno, a red-shirt freshman, got his first start at center...Chris Barry did not play and Ezra Butler was the nose tackle with Roderick Stallings starting as the nickel back...Damon Fine is fourth with 105 PAT's, just one from third...Talib Wise had a 44-yard kickoff return, the longest of the year for the Pack and added a career-best 10 catches for 104 yards...Alex Rosenblum had a 34-yard punt return for the team's best this year...Chance Kretschmer had a season-high 178 yards rushing, his highest total since his freshman year on a season-high 34 carries.

ACTIVE PLAYERS MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS AT NEVADA:

Career Field Goals Made 1. Marty Zendejas, 1984-87 72 2. Tony Zendejas, 1981-83 70 3. Damon Fine, 2001- 45

Career PAT's 1. Marty Zendejas, 1984-87 165 2. Damon Shea, 1995-97 157 3. Fernando Serrano, 1977-79 106 4. Damon Fine, 2001- 105

Career Kick Scoring 1. Marty Zendejas, 1984-87 385 2. Tony Zendejas, 1981-83 300 3. Damon Shea, 1995-97 274 4. Damon Fine, 2001- 240

Career Rushing Yards 1. Frank Hawkins, 1977-80 5,333 2. Charvez Foger, 1985-88 4,484 3. Chris Lemon, 1996-99 4,246 4. Chance Kretschmer, 2001- 3,553

Career Rushing Attempts 1. Frank Hawkins, 1977-80 947 3. Charvez Foger, 1985-88 866 4. Chance Kretschmer, 2001- 682

Career Touchdowns 1. Charvez Foger, 1985-88 60 2. Chris Lemon, 1996-99 56 3. Frank Hawkins, 1977-80 44 T4. Trevor Insley, 1996-99 35 T4. Bryan Reeves, 1991-93 35 6. Chance Kretschmer, 2001- 31

Career Rushing Touchdowns 1. Chris Lemon, 1996-99 53 2. Charvez Foger, 1985-88 52 3. Frank Hawkins, 1977-80 39 4. Chance Kretschmer, 2001- 31

NEVADA LEADS IN NOT BEING SHUTOUT: Current streaks of not being shutout by I-A schools shows the Wolf Pack at the top of the list. As a I-A school, Nevada still ranks 11th with 144 consecutive games without being shutout (the other 142 games came as a I-AA member). Nevada was last shutout Sept. 27, 1980 at Weber State, 10-0. Here is the top 10 list.


 Team			Games Since Last Shutout
 1. Nevada              286 (includes I-AA prior to 1992)
 2. Texas               283
 3. Washington          270
 4. Michigan            254
 5. Washington State    233
 6. Oregon              224
 7. Florida State       203
 8. Florida             197
 9. Colorado	       	189
10. TCU                 147
11. Nevada 		144 (I-A total)

AULT MOVING UP LIST: Chris Ault is sixth among active Division I-A coaches with a 165-67-1 mark and seventh in winning percentage (.710). He is the winningest coach in Nevada history.

SEASON HIGHS: Select player season highs for various categories are listed below.

Rushing - Chance Kretschmer, 178 yards, at Hawai`i, 10/10 Drew Robinson, 106 yards, vs. Sacrmento State, 9/11 B.J. Mitchell, 83 yards, vs. Sacramento State, 9/11

Rec. Yards - Nichiren Flowers, 161 yards, vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Talib Wise, 104 yards, at Hawai`i, 10/10 Caleb Spencer, 103 yards at SDSU, 9/25

Receptions - Talib Wise, 10 for 104 yards, at Hawai`i, 10/10 Caleb Spencer, 10 for 103 yards, at SDSU, 9/25 Nichiren Flowers, 9 for 105 yards, at UNLV, 10/2 Chance Kretschmer, 5 for 41 yards, at UNLV, 10/2 Dell McGee, 5 for 29 yards at SDSU, 9/25 Trevor Brackett, 3 for 50 yards, vs. Sacramento State, 9/18

Passing - Jeff Rowe, 16-32-1, 234 yards, 2 TD's, vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Travis Moore, 17-28-1, 169 yards, 0 TD's, at UNLV, 10/2

Tackles - Jeremy Engstrom, 9, vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Keone Kauo, 9, vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Paul Pratt, 9 vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Shaun Tagatauli, 8, vs. Buffalo, 9/18 and at La Tech, 9/6 Chris Barry, 7 at La Tech, 9/6 Jamaal Jackson, 7 at UNLV, 10/2 and vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Nick Hawthrone, 7 at UNLV, 10/2 Kevin Stanley, 7 at UNLV, 10/2 J.J. Milan, 6 vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Roderick Stallings, 5, at Hawai`i, 10/10 and vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Ezra Butler, 5, at Hawai`i, 10/10 and at UNLV, 10/2

Tackles-for-Loss - Charles Wilson, 3 for 6 yards, vs. Sac State, 9/11 Scott Garrison, 2.5 for 4 yards, vs. Sac State, 9/11 Chris Barry, 2 for 12 yards, vs. Sac State, 9/11 Matt Swan, 2 for 8 yards, at Hawai`i,m 10/10 Shaun Tagatauli, 2 for 3 yards, at La Tech, 9/6

Scoring - Jeff Rowe, 12 vs. Sacramento State, 9/11 Talib Wise, 12 at Hawai`i, 10/10 Niciren Flowers, 12 vs. Buffalo, 9/18 Damon Fine, 11, vs. Sacramento State, 9/11

HEAD COACH Chris Ault: One might say it's back to the future as Hall-of-Fame football coach Chris Ault again has taken the reins of Nevada football with expectations for greatness. On December 3, 2003, President John Lilley appointed Ault as head football coach, and Ault relinquished his athletics director duties he held for nearly 19 years. It is rare for a Hall-Fame coach to return to the sidelines but that is exactly what Ault has done as he begins his third tenure at his alma mater. In 20 years as head coach, he has amassed a 165-67-1 ledger (a .710 winning percentage), won seven conference championships and went on to post-season play eight times. As Nevada's winningest coach with more than four times as many wins as any other Wolf Pack coach, he has the distinction of being the first coach to guide a team to a bowl berth in its first year as an NCAA1-A program. Ault guided the Pack in 1992 to a Big West Conference championships and a berth in the inaugural Las Vegas Bowl. He engineered the greatest comeback in NCAA history (35 points vs. Weber St. in 1991) and directed 25 second half come-from-behind victories. Ault was hired in 1976 to resurrect a once proud football program. Over the next 17 years in his first tour of duty, he guided the program from a non-conference, NCAA II affiliation into the Big Sky Conference and I-AA domination to I-A distinction in the Big West and a bowl berth in their first year at college football's highest level. After a one-year hiatus from football in 1993 and serving only as athletics director after holding both posts for seven years, he returned to the sidelines for the 1994 and 1995 seasons, promptly winning back-to-back Big West Conference titles and a second appearance in a bowl game with the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl, before stepping aside again. That success on the field was culminated in the summer of 2002 when he was inducted into the College Football Hall-of-Fame in South Bend, Ind. At age 55 when he was enshrined, Ault was one of the youngest coaches to ever be elected to the hall-of-fame and the only Nevada coach so honored. Ault's association with the University dates to 1965 when the San Bernardino, Calif., native came here as a quarterback. Nearly four decades later, he has left his mark in the records book as a quarterback, championship coach and respected administrator. Voted Northern Nevada Coach-of-the-Century in 1999 by the Reno-Gazette Journal, a year earlier he was named Nevada's Football Coach-of-the-Century as part of the 100 years of Wolf Pack football celebration. Among his many coaching honors are being included in Sports Illustrated's list of the 50 greatest sports figures of the 20th century from the state of Nevada in 1999 and being elected into four halls-of-fame: UNLV's as part of the 1974 undefeated team, serving as an assistant coach (1991); the University of Nevada's as head football coach (1993), Pacific High School's as a prep standout athlete, San Bernardino, Calif. (1997); and the creme-de-la-creme, the College Football Hall-of-Fame as a head football coach (2002). His attention to detail and fierce competitiveness led the University administration to name him athletics director in addition to his head coaching duties in the summer of 1986. He held just the athletics director title from 1996 through 2004. Nevada's growth under Ault as athletics director resulted in more than $60 million raised from various sources for athletics facilities improvements and additions. Ault received his bachelor's in Education from Nevada in 1968 and earned his master's in Administration in 1971. He has been married to Kathy for 38 years. They have three children, all who attended Nevada - Lisa, Chris Jr., and Amy -- as well as eight grandchildren.


NEVADA DEPTH CHART:

Offense

Y 83 - Anthony Pudewell, 6-3, 240, So.-1V-RS 88 - Adam Bishop, 6-4, 240, Fr.-RS

ST 68 - Adam Kiefer, 6-4, 300, Jr.-2V-RS 64 - Adam Garcia, 6-4, 285, So.-1V-RS

SG 62 - Chris Hines, 6-2, 285, Sr.-3V 70 - Barrett Reznick, 6-0, 280, So.-1V-RS

C 51 - George Yarno, 6-0, 270, Fr.-RS 76 - Jimmy Wadhams, 6-3, 285, So.-Sq.-RS

WG 67 - John Tennert, 6-2, 295, Sr.-3V-RS 51 - George Yarno, 6-0, 270, Fr.-RS

WT 74 - Harvey Dahl, 6-5, 305, Sr.-3V 61 - Dominic Green, 6-3, 280, Fr.-HS

F 87 - Caleb Spencer, 6-1, 180, So.-TR 89 - Mike McCoy, 6-0, 180, Fr.-HS

RB 23 - Chance Kretschmer, 6-1, 210, Sr.-3V-RS 8 - B.J. Mitchell, 5-8, 205, Jr.-2V 25 - Drew Robinson, 5-11, 195, Fr.-RS

QB 3 - Jeff Rowe, 6-5, 220, So.-1V-RS 12 - Travis Moore, 6-2, 215, So.-1V-RS 7 - Andy Heiser, 6-1, 180, Sr.-3V-RS

X 84 - Nichiren Flowers, 6-3, 210, Jr.-2V-RS 80 - Alex Rosenblum, 5-9, 185, So.-1V

Z 13 - Talib Wise, Sr.-6-0, 200, Sr.-1V 5 - Dell McGee, 6-0, 185, Sr.-1V-T Kicking-Punting Specialists

PK 36 - Damon Fine, 5-6, 150, Sr.-3V-RS 69 - Justin Bergendahl, 6-2, 210, Jr.-TR

KO 36 - Damon Fine, 5-6, 150, Sr.-3V-RS 69 - Justin Bergendahl, 6-2, 210, Jr.-TR

P 69 - Justin Bergendahl, 6-2, 210, Jr.-TR 36 - Damon Fine, 5-6, 150, Sr.-3V-RS Defense

E 90 - Craig Bailey, 6-4, 260, Jr.-2V-RS 50 - Cory Fagan, 6-4, 245, Jr.-TR

T 95 - Chris Barry, 6-3, 285, Sr.-3V-RS 57 - Matt Hines, 6-1, 285, Fr.-RS

T 56 - Ezra Butler, 6-2, 285, Fr.-RS 94 - Matt Swan, 6-4, 255, Jr.-TR

E 91 - J.J. Milan, 6-4, 260, Jr.-2V 48 - Erics Clark, 6-5, 250, Fr.-RS

SAM 9 - Jamaal Jackson, 5-11, 225, Jr.-2V-RS 45 - Scott Garrison, 5-11, 230, So.-1V-RS

MIKE 44 - Jeremy Engstrom, 6-1, 235, Fr.-RS 31 - Kevin Porter, 6-0, 225, Fr.-RS

WOLF 26 - Roosevelt Cooks, 5-10, 215, Jr.-TR 4 - Shaun Tagatauli, 6-0, 230, Sr.-1V-TR-RS%

CB 35 - Paul Pratt, 5-10, 185, So.-1V 20 - Luke Lippincott, 6-2, 200, Fr.-HS

SS 28 - Nick Hawthrone, 6-0, 200, So.-1V-RS 18 - Shannon Sevor, 5-10, 195, Fr.-RS

FS 39 - Keone Kauo, 5-11, 190, Sr.-3V 14 - Zach Walker, 5-10, 185, Fr.-RS

CB 33 - Kevin Stanley, 6-0, 175, Jr.-TR 29 - Roderick Stallings, 5-10, 195, Jr.-TR Return-Snap-Hold Specialists

KOR 1 - Jarred Belser, 5-8, 180, Fr.-RS 13 - Talib Wise, Sr.-6-0, 200, Sr.-1V

PR 80 - Alex Rosenblum, 5-9, 185, So.-1V 33 - Kevin Stanley, 6-0, 175, Jr.-TR

LS 91 - J.J. Milan, 6-4, 260, Jr.-2V 82 - Travis Branzell, 6-3, 240, So.-1V-RS

SS 82 - Travis Branzell, 6-3, 240, So.-1V-RS 91 - J.J. Milan, 6-4, 260, Jr.-2V

Hold 7 - Andy Heiser, 6-1, 180, Sr.-3V-RS 12 - Travis Moore, 6-2, 215, So.-1V-RS

%Starts as fourth linebacker if go with a 3-4 alignment in place of tackle Butler; Barry then becomes the nose tackle.


 
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