Ohio Football: Nevada talks about Solich and Ohio

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BOISE, Idaho — When Ohio hits the field on Friday for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Bobcats offense will not know much about the defense opposite them. Nevada let go of three of their defensive assistants at the end of the regular season and will be without three of their defensive starters due to suspension.

“We have a little different chemistry, obviously,” Nevada head coach Jay Norvell said. “We have new coaches working with our defense. But I have to give credit to our seniors and our leadership, that they understand that they are players, and players play, coaches coach. They’re excited, ready to do their job, and they’ve been focused.”

The Wolf Pack will have the tall task of facing an Ohio offense that ranks 31st in the nation in total offense and has put 118 points on the scoreboard in its last two games.

“Upfront they’re physical. I have a lot of respect for their quarterback. He sticks his neck out there, and they have playmakers all over the field. It’ll be a fun match-up,” Nevada senior linebacker Lucas Weber said. “It’s not too similar to the Mountain West, but it’s still football, still Xs and Os, so once we dial into that, really excited to play.”

Nathan Rourke will be playing his final game as a Bobcat and his dual-threat ability could challenge the Nevada defense

“We can’t let him just be a one-man show, running the ball and passing the ball,” Norvell said. “We’ve got to do a great job of playing our responsibilities. Coach Solich and Coach Albin, they have a long history of running option and speed option and all those plays from their Nebraska years, and so you have to be accountable for him.”