Rebs Hit The Quarter Pole
April 9, 2010
LAS VEGAS - UNLV football closed out the third week of spring football with its second scrimmage of the spring, with Rebels going full contact for nearly an hour-and-a-half on a warm and sunny Friday afternoon at Rebel Park.
The day opened with about an hour of stretching and individual drills serving as a warm up, and from there the team conducted a live scrimmage that was full contact. It capped the first full week of practice following spring break last week, and UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck was pleased with his squad's focus and effort, not only today but during the week.
"Guys were banged up a bit and they got to get healthy over spring break," Hauck said. "I was pleased with the focus of the team this week and I expected nothing less. We only have 15 practices to get a lot done this spring."
With just one week remaining of spring football, Hauck was asked afterward if he was satisfied with the progress he has seen this spring, and the first-year head coach was rather candid with his answer.
"That is one thing, we will never be satisfied with where we are," Hauck said. "With that said, I am satisfied with the work we have put in. We need every minute of work we can get."
The new regime means more focus on the running game for the Rebels, and the returning running backs have all had times during the spring where their play has given Hauck and his staff a reason to give them carries. Friday afternoon was no different, with Channing Trotter (Mesa, AZ/Red Mountain HS), Bradley Randle (Murrieta, CA/Vista Murrieta HS) and C.J. Cox (Garland, TX/North Garland HS) all displaying the ability to handle the load at running back.
Cox, Randle and Trotter all had rushing touchdowns during the scrimmage, capping drives that started at midfield, while Randle and Trotter also finished off drives in goal-to-go situations. Trotter, who rushed for more than 100 yards on the day unofficially, is simply trying to learn the new offense and improve every day during spring ball. He also spent a little more time in the weight room over the winter, adding a little weight to prepare for the possibility of seeing more carries during his senior season.
"I feel like I have something to prove as a returning player," Trotter said. "I really like the offense and I love running the football. The adjustment to the new staff is going good. Coach Hauck brings a lot of energy to practice every day."
Hauck likes the way the entire group of running backs have been practicing during his first spring at the helm of the Rebels, and the competition is something that healthy not just for the running backs, but at every position.
"Guys are working hard every day in practice to develop good habits, and the guys who practice the best are going to practice with the ones," Hauck said. "That is the idea of competition."
BBQ WITH THE REBELS
The public is again invited to attend UNLV football's FREE Spring Scrimmage on April 17 at Sam Boyd Stadium from approximately 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., while a barbecue lunch with the team, sponsored by Memphis Barbecue, will be available for purchase for $8 per person. Fans can purchase their tickets at the event or in advance at www.UNLVRebels.com.
Fans can also get player autographs on the field after what will be the final practice of the spring.
Also, UNLV athletics lettermen from all 17 varsity sports are invited to attend a social event during the Spring Scrimmage on the Club Level at Sam Boyd on Saturday, April 17.
UNLV will take the weekend off and return to Rebel Park on April 12, with practice starting at 4:00 p.m. (PT).
2010 UNLV SPRING PRACTICE REMAINING SCHEDULE April 12 Monday Practice 12 Pads 4:00-6:00 pm April 14 Wednesday Practice 13 Pads 4:00-6:00 pm April 15 Thursday Practice 14 No Pads 4:00-6:00 pm April 17 Saturday Practice 15 SPRING SCRIMMAGE 12:00 pm at Sam Boyd (Team BBQ at 1:30 pm at Rebel Experience)