Matt Mumme - Nevada Pack Attack: Air Raidby Lauren's First and Goal
Coach Matt Mumme talks ot us about how Nevada practices and implemts the Air RAID.
Matt Mumme, a disciple of the noted “Air Raid” offense, enters year No. 4 as the Wolf Pack’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2020. Mumme had a few quarterbacks at his disposal in 2019, eventually settling on redshirt freshman Carson Strong, who made 10 starts in the Wolf Pack’s 13 games. Under Mumme’s guidance, Strong racked up 2,335 passing yards in his debut season and tossed 11 touchdown passes. Strong completed 63.4 percent of his passes in 2019, which was good for third-best in the Mountain West, and his 233.5 passing yards per game also ranked in the top five in the conference. In the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Strong had his best performance of the season, throwing for a Nevada bowl game record 402 yards. In Mumme’s second season as the offensive play caller, the Wolf Pack increased its production in many statistical categories including passing offense, scoring offense, total offense and red zone offense. Nevada ranked in the top five in the Mountain West in each of these categories and was a top 25 team nationally in passing offense at 278.8 yards per pass. In the 2018 season opener against Portland State, Mumme’s offense put up 72 points, which was the most by a Wolf Pack team at home since 1991 and tied for second-most in Mountain West history. On the individual side in 2018, Mumme developed Ty Gangi into one of the top quarterbacks in the Mountain West. Gangi ranked in the top five in the conference in a number of categories including passing TDs, passing yards, passing yards per game, total offense and passing yards per completion. In two of those categories, passing yards and passing yards per game, Gangi finished the year in the top 20 in the nation. Additionally Gangi threw a touchdown pass in 27 consecutive games to end his career, which was second nationally. Mumme adopted the Air Raid scheme right away with Nevada to much success. The Wolf Pack ranked 32nd in the nation in Mumme’s first season and was second in the Mountain West in passing offense, averaging 270.4 yards per game through the air. The Air Raid attack really got going during league play when the Pack increased its production to 307.4 yards per game, which ranked first in the conference.Under Mumme’s direction in 2017, Gangi broke out to become a top threat in the conference. Gangi garnered an All-MW honorable mention after leading the league in touchdown passes (23) during the conference season. In total Gangi threw 25 touchdown passes on the year, which ranked in the top 30 nationally, and totaled over 2,700 yards through the air. Mumme also developed a couple of key receiving targets in the Air Raid scheme in All-MW second team performer Wyatt Demps and freshman All-America McLane Mannix. Demps posted one of the finest seasons by a Pack receiver in recent memory, leading the conference with 11 receiving touchdowns and finishing second in receptions with 67. Demps nearly notched a 1,000-yard receiving season as well, totaling 908 yards which ranked in the top 45 in the nation. Mannix on the other hand snagged 57 catches for 778 yards, notched six touchdowns and averaged 13.6 yards per catch. His 57 receptions were tied for second among freshmen wide receivers, he was fifth in receiving yards and fourth in receiving touchdowns.