In the aftermath of a 40-22 loss to Nevada in which little went right — five drops, some mis-reads, many missed tackles — the Warriors are preparing for the next step. Here’s a look at some areas.
> Health: As of this morning, there was no update on the status of linebacker Jahlani Tavai, who did not play in the second half because of what appeared to be a shoulder ailment. Earlier in the season, it was thought he would miss some time because of another ailment. He did not miss any time at all. If he can play, he will play.
> Backup plan: Pumba Williams, Penei Pavihi, Kana‘i Picanco and Paul Scott filled in for Tavai. All had their moments. Jeremiah Pritchard is redshirting this season.
> Search and recovery: In the first nine games, the Warriors forced 10 fumbles, but recovered only one. Against Nevada, they recovered three. That’s a start.
> Closing the deal: Too often, an “ooh” turned into an “oh, my” when a Nevada ball-carrier eluded the grasp of a would-be tackler. It comes down to taking the runner to the ground. It also involves taking the right angle and getting enough defenders to the ball-carrier. But, yeah, mostly it comes to taking down the runner.
> Bulldog mentality: It was 10 years ago when the Warriors, who were underdogs to the Bulldogs, had to play in one of the toughest-to-win stadiums. But the Warriors did win, thanks in part to surprise hero, Inoke Funaki. Anything is possible.