Return Of The Black Jersey
March 16, 2009
UNLV football ran through its second practice of the spring in full pads on Monday afternoon, and that meant for the first time at Rebel Park a player was wearing the coveted Black Jersey.
Voted on by the coaching staff, the Black Jersey is awarded to the player who performed the best in the previous practice, and today defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu (Booneville, CA/Santa Rosa JC) wore the dark garmet. A run-stuffing presence in the middle of the defensive line, Tevaseu looks much more comfortable in his first spring session with the Rebels after joining the program as a transfer last fall a few days into camp.
"It feels great and I am excited to have the black jersey," Tevaseu said. "I think though that as a whole, the defense is really gelling together and playing well. Giving a black jersey to the defense as a whole probably would have been more fitting, but I am glad I got the first one."
Throughout the rest of the spring the UNLV coaching staff will grade the film following each practice and award the Black Jersey to the standout from that practice, one from both offense and defense. UNLV head coach Mike Sanford said that no one performed well enough on the offensive side of the football on Friday to earn the Black Jersey.
DOG DAYS OF SPRING...
After experiencing some windy conditions the first week of spring practice, Monday's session of 24 five-minute periods came under clear and sunny skies with hardly a breeze. In fact, with temperatures hovering around 74 degrees throughout practice, it was the first really warm day thus far for the Rebels.
Sanford thought that his charges handled the weather well, including several periods where a lot of good contact was exchanged, but said improvement was still needed.
"There was a little sun out there today and we can't think that it's hot out here and have it affect us," Sanford said. "We need to play with a faster tempo and raise the bar."
THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN
Visitors to Rebel Park may notice Sanford cruising around at times on the practice field in a cart very reminiscent of the old bullpen cars teams used to use when making a pitching change. While he isn't looking to being in a lefty, Sanford uses the cart on occasion while he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on both his knees.
Sanford said that his knees feel better but that one of them had a little swelling in it, causing him to get behind the wheel at practice to make sure they heal correctly.
UNLV's next practice will be Wednesday (March 18) on campus and it is scheduled to last from approximately 4:00-6:00 p.m. All practices this spring are free and open to the public but visitors must stay in the designated viewing areas on the grass practice field.
Fans are also invited to attend the FREE Scarlet vs. Gray spring game on April 17 at Sam Boyd Stadium from approximately 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
UNLV 2009 SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC PLEASE NOTE: ALL DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE