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Aug. 5, 2016

LAS VEGAS ( - Rebel Park came alive again Friday as the 2016 UNLV football team rolled in for its first of 29 preseason practices during #CampRebel.

Head coach Tony Sanchez and his staff oversaw more than 100 players enjoying beautiful morning weather on campus as the session included only helmets, shorts and jerseys during the NCAA-mandated acclimation period.

Asked by a member of the media if it was good shaking the rust off, Sanchez said the team is far ahead of last season's pace.

"The great thing is that we are a little bit beyond that," he said. "It's not like last year when it was our first fall camp. We have some new guys but overall this is our fourth install of the system counting two springs. It showed today -- we practiced with a good tempo. We have a lot of things we have to get better at but as far as pacing, working through it, communication -- you could definitely see the difference. Also, after another year of lifting right and eating right, we physically look different."

Asked what he is asking of his team this year, Sanchez said it was no mystery.

"Attention to detail -- doing the little things right. One of the great things about college football is there's no magic in being successful. It's creating a plan and holding everyone accountable to that plan. It's making sure you are taking care of the details. Making sure you communicate well on a daily basis. Lifting right, eating right, you're taking care of school and doing things with a high level of energy. It's a process you focus on. We have high expectations. I told the guys when we went through our team goals last night in the team meeting. Then I told them we're not going to talk about goals the rest of the year. We have one goal -- it's to be 1-0. You accomplish that and then you move on to the next one."



Sanchez said there's nothing like the first day of camp for folks in his line of work.

"It's the best. Coaches across the country are all saying the same thing. We love coaching football and being out here with the boys. It's the most important thing."

The squad will be back on the field Saturday morning for the second day of acclimation. Practices are closed to the public except for two team scrimmages: Aug. 13 starting at 9:30 a.m. and Aug. 19 starting at 8:10 a.m.

Season tickets for the six-game 2016 home schedule start at $230 on the Sidelines and $130 in the End Zone. A limited number of Value End Zone Season Tickets are available in the North end of Sam Boyd Stadium for just $99. There is also a special two-game mini-plan still available.

Single-game tickets are also available. Advance prices start at just $35 on the Sidelines, $20 in the End Zone and $14 in the Value End Zone for four of the games (Jackson State, Fresno State, Colorado State and Wyoming) while premium-game pricing for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon vs. Nevada, Reno starts at $50 on the Sidelines, $30 in the End Zone and $20 for the Value End Zone. A special Friends & Family Night vs. Idaho features pricing at $20 Sidelines and $9 End Zone. Additional fees apply to all sales and all prices increase by $5 per ticket on the day of game.

Log on to or call (702) 739-FANS (3267) to buy yours today or for more information regarding ticket offers. Group pricing is available by calling Dan Johnson at (702) 895-1885.

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