#CampRebel Saturday Update & Photo Gallery|
Aug. 6, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - With all the build up to the first day of fall practices, would Day Two of #CampRebel see a letdown on the field on Saturday morning?
Head coach Tony Sanchez said it’s something they work on to avoid.
“As much as we talk about energy in this program – it has to be consistent energy. You don’t want to be too over the top on Day one because it makes it hard to come back for that second one. It’s about sustaining high energy. We got better in this practice but we saw some mistakes. We have a lot of new guys here -- freshmen and JC guys -- so some of the mistakes you take with a grain of salt. Heck, we put in the No. 2 offensive line and they have four freshmen who just hung up their letterman jackets last week. But we have a lot of legit battles going on all over the field.”
Certainly making their presence known early on with a mix of veterans and youngsters is the wide receivers. The position group, led by arguably the top ball-catching duo in the conference (juniors Devonte Boyd and Kendal Keys) could soon go down as the best in school history.
“I haven’t been here very long to judge that but this group is talented, big, fast – everyone has good hands,” said Sanchez. “A quality group of players. Right now we’re at seven scholarship receivers. You would like to redshirt two or three of them but we really don’t have that option. We won’t get to the numbers we need for another two or three years. We also play a lot of three and four-receiver sets so those guys are going to have a chance to play.”
THE SAX PLAYER
Junior left tackle Kyle Saxelid has grown literally (adding 35 pounds since coming to campus in 2013) and figuratively (starting all 12 games as a sophomore last fall) since signing with UNLV out of Cosumnes High School in California. A top student and the program’s nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team for his efforts in the community, Saxelid is upbeat on 2016.
“Practice is going great,” said Saxelid. “Today we put in some new stuff. The team is just loving it and there is an energy out there that we’ve never had before. We have a lot more depth (on the offensive line) – we have three full lines this year – but a lot of them are young. We only have one senior (center Will Kreitler) but we’re really moving as a unit and we’re going to get those young guys ready to go. I feel like a leader out there. I have to do my part on the line just like everyone else but the guys ask me a lot of questions.
Now up to 290 pounds, Saxelid is starting to fill out his 6-foot-7-inch frame. “I’m maybe going to lose a pound or two during camp but I have to keep eating the right way and feel like I’m prepared for to have my best season.”
The squad will be back on the field Sunday morning for the third 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.
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