Showcase Cut Short By Storms But Marks Successful Spring For Rebels|
April 9, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV football's annual Spring Showcase was cut in half by Mother Nature on Saturday but the team still got a chance to mark the end of spring practice in front of a crowd of approximately 2,800 fans before rare desert rains hit the Las Vegas Valley hard.
For the third straight April, the squad moved across campus from the Rebel Park practice fields to the school's soccer stadium - Peter Johann Memorial Field - and turned in an entertaining controlled scrimmage before lightning in the area led to cancelling the second half of action.
The team's top three quarterbacks did all see action. JC newcomer Johnny Stanton got the ball first and completed 3 of 7 attempts for 54 yards; Palandech completed half of his six attempts for 42 yards and the score; while redshirt freshman Dalton Sneed completed one of his two attempts for five yards.
Sophomore Lexington Thomas led all rushers with 20 yards on five carries while sophomore wideout Brandon Presley led the white jerseys with two catches for 59 yards. Defensively, senior defensive back Torry McTyer had two tackles and a pass breakup while senior Iggy Porchia had the day's only quarterback sack.
Following the close of his second spring practice at UNLV, head coach Tony Sanchez said he was pleased with where his team sits today.
"One of the biggest things this spring is we had a lot more competitive depth," Sanchez said. "I believe we had 86 guys on the roster this spring so the numbers are good. I thought you saw some good things. We had 33 plays and wanted to get to 60. Johnny did some good stuff, Kurt did some good things. Lexington ran the ball well. On defense we came out and got some good three-and-outs, so overall it was positive in the short amount of time we were out here.
"What a great crowd. Everyone was excited and having a great time. As long as all that rain landed in Lake Mead, we're all good. We got some stuff done and had no injuries so overall it was a great day for Rebel Football. Now our guys can get back into the weight room and we can look forward to fall camp."
UNLV will hold its next practice in early August and open the season by hosting Jackson State on Thursday, Sept. 1. Season tickets are available now by calling (702) 739-FANS or visiting unlvtickets.com.
SCORING PLAYS QB Kurt Palandech pass to Trevor Kanteman for 9 yards