After the departure of offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich to Hawaii, Wolf Pack head coach Brian Polian has promoted his associate head coach and wide receivers coach Jim Hofher to offensive play-caller for the Arizona Bowl against Colorado State.
Hofher and Polian have a long history together, dating all the way back to their time in Buffalo. While Hofher was the head coach for the Bulls, he gave Brian Polian his first full-time coaching position. Now, in Reno, Hofher has served as the team's associate head coach under Polian. Back in August, when Polian's father was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Hofher took over as the acting head coach until Polian returned.
Hohfer has experience as both a head coach and offensive coordinator. He coached his alma mater Cornell from 1990-1997, and Buffalo from 2001-2005. From 2009-2012, Hofher was the offensive coordinator for the Delaware Blue Hens, a team which made it to the FCS Championship game in 2010.
An area to watch will be whether or not Hofher can inject some life into the Wolf Pack's passing game. With Hofher being the wide receivers coach, he knows the strengths and weaknesses of the unit. Ideally, he could call plays that go with each receiver's strength to help the Wolf Pack's lackluster air attack. Nevada ranks near the bottom in most passing statistics, and only average 175 yards per game through the air. While the Pack's strength is their running game, a slightly improved pass game could open the game up for the running backs on the ground.
While it is always tough to lose a coach during the season, Hofher's experience and history with Polian should help with a smooth transition as they prepare for Colorado State.