Spring Ball 2011 Ends With Show
April 2, 2011
In front of a crowd of approximately 750 fans on hand to see the second edition of Head Coach Bobby Hauck's Rebels in action, the briskly paced scrimmage was highlighted by the two quarterbacks currently leading the race to start this fall. Playing with the No. 1 offense, returning sophomore-to-be Caleb Herring shook off a rough start to complete 7 of 13 attempts for 65 yards. Manning the No. 2 offense, junior-college midyear transfer Sean Reilly hit on 8 of his 12 attempts for 73 yards and notched the only touchdown pass of the day - a 15-yard strike to Jordan Butler - a walk-on from Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas. The only other touchdown came on a one-yard rush by Bradley Randle, who will be a sophomore next season.
Rising senior Deante' Purvis led all rushers with three carries for 24 yards. Another JC newcomer, RB/WR Eric Johnson, led all Rebels with four receptions for 31 yards. DB Kenny Brown led the way with five total tackles while rising sophomore defensive lineman Ian Bobak turned in an outstanding day on defense. The Bishop Gorman High School product finished with one of the day's two quarterback sacks to go with two pass breakups and two total tackles.
The only other scoring at the showcase was a 31-yard field goal by returning starter Nolan Kohorst out of Green Valley High School.
In between signing autographs and surrounded by his players running a free youth clinic on the field, Hauck met with reporters about the Rebels' spring.
" We are a young team and looked like a young team but the attitude and effort was there 100 percent in 14 of our 15 practices, which is not bad," Hauck said. "Today we moved the ball too well for my taste a lot of the time and the No. 2 offense scored on the No. 1 defense, which you don't want to see."
Asked about the quarterback competition, Hauck seemed pleased about the progress made to replace four-year starter Omar Clayton.
"It was good, they were pretty effective today. We're a lot further along than a year ago at quarterback."
Herring, who played in eight games off the bench as a freshman, said he was upbeat about his team's progress in the spring.
" We started off real slow today but we got into a flow and put on a show for the people out here," Herring said. "We progressed as a team and the challenge now is to keep going and not lose any of the steps we just made during the spring."
The Spring Showcase was part of a busy day on campus with the Get Your Reb On Apparel Sale next door as well as a track meet, softball game and tennis match all going on to create a feeling of a sports festival.
"This was fun," Hauck said. "I think our players are having fun with the kids clinic. Just a great atmosphere today at Rebel Park. I hope we do it again out here and double the number of people coming out to see us."
The Rebels will next pull on the pads in early August when preseason camp opens. UNLV will open the 2011 campaign on Sept. 1 at Wisconsin. The first home game is Sept. 17 when Hawaii comes to town. Season tickets, which start as low as $75, are on sale now.