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A Mix Of New And Old

Aug. 5, 2008

LAS VEGAS - UNLV football veterans and rookies took the field together for the first time on Tuesday, as head coach Mike Sanford divided his charges into Scarlet and Gray squads for two practices at Rebel Park.

Scarlet went through 20 five-minute periods in the morning while the Gray closed out the day with a 20-period practice in the evening. Since student-athletes are only allowed to practice once a day during the initial acclimation period, Sanford has divided the team into two squads so that everyone could get more repetitions during each drill.

"You can get a lot out of days with just helmets and shorts," Sanford said. "It is a great time to teach players and help them learn where to line up and what their job is before actually doing it in the live contact with pads on."

Monday's first practice saw the Rebel newcomers workout in the morning to get help the players get used to the specifics of practice, which helped when they were mixed in with the veterans today. There will be another split practice on Wednesday before the Rebels work out as a full unit on Thursday, with the first day of pads coming Friday.

"Just having them (rookies) by themselves on Monday was a good indoctrination," Sanford said. "Today involved more detail and installing more of our offensive and defensive system, and it is great leading into the first full team practice.


Junior defensive lineman Martin Tevaseu (Booneville, CA/Santa Rosa JC) participated for the first time in the evening session, as he was declared eligible to participate in practice. A big, imposing player standing 6-3 and weighing 320, Tevaseu will compete for playing time at nose guard and help the Rebels stop the run.


Senior tailback David Peeples (North Las Vegas/Cheyenne HS) is hoping to overcome another physical setback as he is currently wearing a cast on his left leg. Peeples suffered a sprained left foot during summer conditioning and is expected to have the cast on at least another week. The former local prep star has 565 career rushing yards along with seven touchdowns. He has started nine of his career 24 games.



In other injury news, reserve defensive lineman Justin McCrory (Las Vegas/Las Vegas HS) underwent successful neck surgery on Monday and was at Rebel Park for the end of Tuesday's morning workout. Head athletic trainer Kyle Wilson said recent tests showed McCrory needed to go under the knife and that the lineman will miss the entire 2008 season.


UNLV will once again hold two split-squad practices with the Scarlet working out from 9:00-10:40 a.m., followed by the Gray at 6:15-7:55 p.m., at Rebel Park. All practices this week are open to the public.

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