UNLV Camp Report: Day Five
Aug. 7, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The popping of pads echoed throughout Rebel Park during a perfect summer morning as UNLV football practiced for the first time in full pads, strapping it up for 26 five-minute sessions on Tuesday.
"The first few days were at a teaching tempo and today it was the first pressure day and it was a lot more physical," UNLV head coach Mike Sanford said. "Overall the practice was a little below the standard we have and we need to get it higher. We will continue to get better each day."
After an initial acclimation period that limited players to just shorts and jerseys at the beginning of camp, Tuesday was the first day that players were live and contact was constant. Tackling, ball security and blocking were just some of the full-contact drills that Rebel players went through on Tuesday.
"It went pretty good today but it takes a little while getting used to everything again," said offensive lineman Richie Plunkett. "I feel like RoboCop moving around right now."
UNLV will conduct its first traditional two-a-day practice on Wednesday, with the full team working out twice. The first practice will run from 8:45 to 10:55 a.m., followed by an evening practice slated for 6:10-8:00 p.m. Practices this week are open to the public.
REBEL CAMP NOTES:
-A FAMILIAR FACE ON THE SIDELINES... Former UNLV starting quarterback Shane Steichen is on the sidelines again this season, as he is serving as an undergraduate assistant. Steichen, who passed for 2,755 yards and 22 touchdowns in his career and became the first quarterback in school history to throw for more than 200 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game, is making the transition from player to coach. "I am enjoying the opportunity to stay in football. I really enjoy helping the guys, especially the freshmen and younger players, because I have been through everything they are going through and can relate to them."