The Nevada football team is preparing for its 2020 football season. We are counting down the Wolf Pack's 25 most important players, one each as we head toward the season opener. Today's player: No. 16 Chris Green.
Position: Defensive tackle
Hometown: Los Angeles
Career college stats: 31 games (seven starts): 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks
Why he's on the list: One of the areas Nevada has improved the most in during its three seasons under Jay Norvell is run defense. The Wolf Pack ranked last in the nation in run defense the year prior to Norvell getting the Nevada job and has ranked 109th, 39th and 57th in three years under Norvell, who made it a point to beef up the defensive line. Part of the process was the addition of Green, who was in Norvell's first recruiting class. Playing as a true freshman, Green has appeared in 31 of Nevada's 37 games the last three seasons, starting seven, including five last year. With multi-year starting nose guard Hausia Sekona departed due to graduation, Green is expected to step into that role and will be a key component of Nevada's run defense. A 305-pounder, Green has good size and the ability to soak up multiple blocks. He's capable of getting into the backfield with seven tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Green will probably see his snap count double this season as a first- and second-down player who comes off the field in pass-rush situations for Tristan Nichols. The Wolf Pack has an experienced defensive line with five seniors (Green, Nichols, Sam Hammond, Kameron Toomer, Adam Lopez) and two juniors (Dom Peterson, Jaden Lewis) making up the rotation, so the group must be strong to help a younger and more inexperienced back seven. Nevada typically used a three-man defensive front in Norvell's first three seasons but is moving to a four-man front in 2020, with Green being penciled in as a starting defensive tackle.
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