Friedgen impressed by Nevada's offense

December, 23, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

After breaking down game film of Nevada's Pistol offense, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said he is even more impressed than he was when he just watched it on TV.

It is definitely a unique offense, as the tailback lines up behind the quarterback. This makes it tough for the linebackers to key in on the running back, and opens up a lot of play-action opportunities.

"The first time I saw it I was pretty intrigued by it," Friedgen said. "On TV you don't get to appreciate it as much as when you start watching tape. It really has some wishbone principles to it. It's pretty tough to handle all the different reads. And the reads are a little delayed because it's out of the gun. It's a pretty unique situation. They isolate you. If you miss tackles, it's going to be a big play."

Nevada's offense ranks fifth nationally in total yards (510.6 yards per game), and is second in rushing yards (291.4 ypg). The Wolfpack has scored 30 or more points in nine straight games.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has thrown for 2,479 yards and rushed for 1,115. Running back Vai Taua has tallied 1,420 rushing yards and caught 29 passes.

I found this article that might be helpful if you're interested in learning more about how Chris Ault's offense works. Maryland's defense will have to study this one closely.

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