MINDEN, Nev. — “Hey, this is nice,” University of Nevada football coach Brian Polian said, looking around his surroundings at Keith “Duke” Roman Field in the Big George Sports Complex at Douglas High school Saturday. “What a beautiful setting.”
Polian took questions from spectators and spoke briefly about the 2015 Wolf Pack football team prior to his squad taking the field at Douglas High for its first open-to-the-public practice of the spring.
He joked with Douglas High football players, saying he was nervous there were so many in attendance with ACT testing scheduled the same morning. He declined to offer any tip of the hand on the team’s three-way competition for starting quarterback, saying only the team has seen progress this spring and that the competition is close.
He encouraged fans to get out to support the team in the upcoming season, adding that he has no control over kickoff times.
“I hate 7 p.m. kickoffs, but we are a servant to television in that respect,” he said with a laugh. “My parents out east hate them too because my dad ends up yelling at the television at 2 in the morning. But we have a number of afternoon kickoffs coming up this year and we’d love to see you out there.”
About 500 were in attendance at Saturday’s workout as the team went through stretches and walk-through drills before taking part in a live scrimmage of 80 or 90 plays.
The Wolf Pack opens its season Sept. 3 at home against UC Davis. Nevada also has power programs like Arizona and Texas A&M on its non-conference slate next year.
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