A Sunny Spring Finish
April 17, 2010
LAS VEGAS - Just four months in town and Bobby Hauck has already delivered something tangibly new to the UNLV program - day football. After years of the Rebels playing their annual spring game on Friday nights, Hauck's final spring scrimmage of his first season in the desert was staged under a bright Saturday sun that brought above-average temperatures.
More than 1,200 fans came out to Sam Boyd Stadium at high noon to watch the players run through unscored, situational action, including some sets with starters vs. starters on both sides of the ball.
Statistics were compiled only from plays that included the first or second units on offense or defense.
Senior quarterback Omar Clayton, one of the Rebels' 16 returning starters in 2010, completed 6-16 pass attempts for 70 yards and connected on two touchdown throws - a 24-yard strike to tight end junior Austin Harrington and a 20-yard toss and run to senior tailback Channing Trotter.
With junior signal-caller Mike Clausen out of town attending to a personal matter, redshirt freshman Caleb Herring saw a lot of time and completed 3-5 for 10 yards and also ran in the day's other touchdown from nine yards out.
Trotter finished with the most carries, running five times for 25 net yards while sophomore wideout Mark Barefield had a squad-leading three receptions for 13 yards. Defensively, linebacker Travis Trickey and defensive lineman Preston Brooks led the team in total tackles with five each.
Special teams action was highlighted by a 49-yard made field goal by Allen Hardison and a 41-yarder that was good by veteran returnee Ben Jaekle.
In between signing autographs for fans on the field post-scrimmage, Hauck met with reporters and commented on Saturday's performance, as well as the program's entire 15-practice spring session.
"I think our game management and attention to detail were good today," said the former Montana head coach. "We've learned to play hard in stretches this spring but the tackling has to improve. The execution is not as sharp as we need it to be. We have to play a lot better to take on the schedule we have this season."
Asked about the quarterback situation, Hauck said that while Clayton is running with the first team, no starter has been named for the season opener vs. Wisconsin on Sept. 4.
"We're not anywhere near naming a starter. There was not enough separation to make that call. I would ideally like to have one named in time for game week."
"Those are the guys off the top of my head who had really outstanding springs."
Hauck, who waded his way through well-wishers on the way to a team barbecue at Rebel Experience, said he was pleased with Saturday's turnout, which included a big contingent from UNLV's marching band.
"We appreciate the people coming out today," he said. "Hopefully they'll come back and check us out in the fall."
UNLV season tickets are on sale now with the full six-game package currently only available to current Nevada residents as well as UNLV alumni and donors. The full season is priced at $100 apiece for each end zone seat and only $185 (not including RAF donation) for sideline seating. Payment plans are available. A special Four-Game Mini-Plan (UNR, Air Force, Wyoming and New Mexico) is also currently being offered for just $50 apiece ($10 down and $20 payments in May and June) for end-zone seating.
Individual tickets for all six games will go on sale on July 10 (see prices below).
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UNLV Spring Scrimmage Statistics