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VIDEO/STORY: #CampRebel: Defense Shines, WRs Finally Healthy

Aug. 5, 2017

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Early morning cloud cover kept day four of #CampRebel cool, but it was the defense that heated up at the second practice with shoulder pads on Saturday.

The Rebels in red jerseys stole the show with pressure on the quarterbacks from the big linemen up front and blanket coverage in the secondary. The cornerback crew had a particularly strong day anticipating routes and suffocating the wide receivers as the Rebels worked in the red zone.

Speaking of the wideouts, after catching the injury bug a year ago with four starters going down to season-ending injuries at various points throughout the 2016 season, this year's corps of receivers is healthy and ready to go. Wide receivers coach Cedric Cormier likes what he sees from what he calls a "talented" and "deep" position.

"The receiving corps as a whole is a good group of guys first and foremost," said Cormier. "They all get along and there's no selfishness.The main two, Devonte Boyd and Kendal Keys - it's good to have those guys back. They've been here since they were freshmen and have always been making plays. They haven't been on the field together in over a year, so it's good to have those guys out their making plays together."

He doesn't expect Boyd and Keys to be the only ones making an impact. 

"The next two guys up - Brandon Presley and Darren Woods - they're hungry. Both are real smart kids, they know all the receiver positions and they're pushing Devonte and Kendal. We feel like we've got a good group and a lot more depth."

Those four - Boyd, Keys, Presley and Woods  - all know what it's like to see their seasons cut short in an instant because of injury and Cormier knows they won't take anything for granted.

"It kind of puts everything in perspective," said Cormier. "Internally it does teach them, play it like it's your last play because like we went through last year, it could be your last play of the season."

See the full interview with Cormier here: 
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