Wolf Pack quarterback Tyler Stewart throws the ball to Don Jackson.(Photo: Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)
Under third year coach Brian Polian, the Wolf Pack has regularly made small uniform and helmet changes in recent seasons, and one of the changes this year piqued the interest of fans.
The Wolf Pack removed the last name of players from the back of the jerseys. But the decision to do so wasn’t a grand message to the team to «play for the name on the front of the jersey.» wholesale nfl jerseys It was simpler.
«I hate to disappoint our fans but the reason we did it is because we only have one set of blues, one set of whites and one set of grays,» Polian said. «When guys change numbers and you take the nameplates off, you start to tear the jerseys apart. I’d like to have a new set of jerseys every year. We don’t have that kind of budget. It was honestly a budget concern. We just don’t have that kind of money.»
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Polian said Nevada uses the same jerseys for «three or four years» and a new set of uniforms costs about $100,000, which, for Nevada, is a lot of money. So, to preserve the uniforms, the Wolf Pack wasn’t able to add the nameplates to the back of the jerseys this season without potentially damaging them.
«You can’t heat press the names on the back of the jersey,» Polian said. «Then it’s stuck. If you sew on the nameplates and keep taking them on and off, it beats up the jersey. I can’t tell my equipment guy to do that when he has no budget. Ohio State has five unis. That’s no big deal. That’s not who we are.»
So, it’s money keeping Nevada from putting the names of the players on the back of the jerseys.
«I’m sorry if people are upset,» Polian said. «That’s why they have game programs. If you can’t tell who (Wolf Pack linebacker) Matt Lyons is with his hair hanging out of the back of his helmet, I can’t help you. I was not trying to make a point. I was just being pragmatic.»
HENDERSON’S CATCH STILL BUZZING
Hasaan Henderson had a big game against Texas A last week, catching five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, a 27 yard score while drawing a pass interference (one of four penalties he drew). Dr. Henderson reached out with his right arm and pulled the ball into his chest with one arm. He said some advice from Brandon Wimberly, who Henderson played with at Nevada for two seasons, was a key to the catch.
«As the ball came down, I saw it coming,» Henderson said. «Once he pushed me, the ball went away. It’s one thing I worked on with Brandon Wimberly a few years ago. He said, ‘When it touches your hand and you can’t see it, flip it (toward your body).’ I give him a lot of credit for him teaching me that.»
Henderson said he’s enjoyed the national spotlight, in large part because of his family.
«It was great, more so for my family,» the junior from Las Vegas said. «I got to talk to a lot of cousins and aunties I haven’t talked to in a long time. They got to see their nephew and cousin succeed. Instead of for me, I think it was better for my parents to see one of their kids is doing something well.»
A LONG TRIP
After flying to the Central time zone for a game last week, Nevada heads to the Eastern time zone this week. In fact, Nevada’s trip to Buffalo checks in at 2,125 miles, which is the sixth longest trip any FBS team will make this season within the continental United States.
As a result, Polian is taking his team out to Buffalo on Thursday, a day early, which is customary for the Wolf Pack when it travels across three time zones, like it did for a game at Florida State in 2013.
One of Polian’s biggest concerns is making sure his team stays hydrated during the trip.
«Although we won’t face the heat and humidity we did in College Station, a five hour flight will dehydrate you, so we literally walk up and down the aisles of the plane forcing them to drink water and Gatorade,» he said. «All of those details that people take for granted, we have to stay on top of those.»The Wolf Pack remains fairly healthy entering its third game of the season.
The biggest addition to the injury report this week is starting middle linebacker Jordan Dobrich, who suffered a muscle strain in last week’s game at Texas A He’s questionable for Buffalo.
«I think he’ll play, but I can’t say for sure right now,» Polian said.
Backup tight end Matt Moen (undisclosed non orthopedic injury) is expected to miss his third straight game while backup defensive tackle Korey Rush (ankle) is expected to return after sitting out last week.