RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Right when the Wolf Pack found its groove the team gets hit with a bye week. While there are positives and negatives of not having a game this weekend Jay Norvell and his staff aren't giving themselves much of a break. There will still be practices, and recruiting work that needs to be done, all in an effort to ensure that the momentum the team has already built carries over into the Colorado State game next month.
"Our goals as players and coaches as a program each week is to improve. That'll be no different this week. We've gotta get better. There's a division championship. There's obviously the conference championship. There's bowl games on the line. We want to work toward those goals," Norvell said.
Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel added "hopefully, we get a chance to heal up and work on some fundamental things. Get the kids a little bit of a break, both mentally and physically."
"Coming out of this game Saturday, the confidence of our group, our offense and our defense and our special teams. They think the skies the limit. We sit here and say we can win them all," said offensive coordinator Matt Mumme.
But winning out got a little more challenging for the Wolf Pack. Coach Norvell dropped some major news at today's press confernece. Defensive end Korey Rush broke his foot in the SDSU game after two straight standout performances. Rush will undergo surgery and not be available the rest of the regular season.
"I think he hurt it in the third quarter. He's still running around in the fourth quarter chasing the quarterback all over the place. We're gonna have to replace Korey these last few weeks. There's a chance he could come back for the bowl game, but that's not for certain," Norvell remembered.
"He's a guy who loves to compete. We have a few guys like that. Korey has made a big impact on our younger football players about how to go about your business," Casteel added.
The next time Nevada takes the field will be November 10 against the Colorado State Rams. CSU beat the Wolf Pack 44-42 last season, but have really underwhelmed this year. With the extra week of preparation it should be a good showing at Mackay Stadium.