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New Rebel LB Tani Maka talks with reporters after practice.
New Rebel LB Tani Maka talks with reporters after practice.

Aug. 7, 2010

LAS VEGAS ( - Beautiful early August weather and sparkling new practice fields greeted more than 100 Rebel football players as UNLV's first fall practice under head coach Bobby Hauck went three hours Saturday morning.

Wearing jerseys, gray shorts, helmets and cleats among a nice breeze, the squad practiced for 12 periods before finishing with some special teams kicking.

Meeting with local writers afterward, Hauck said it's tough to do much more than educate the players at this point.

"Today was all right," Hauck said. "I mean, we're not wearing pads and had limited meeting time before we got out here so there's only so much you can do. There are guys you're excited about one practice and then not the next. The first 10 days you just try to get better."


A new face for the Rebels who drew some attention from the media was linebacker Tani Maka. The 6-1, 230-pound freshman originally signed with UCLA out of Long Beach's Jordan High School in 2009 but, after ultimately not enrolling at the Pac-10 school, sat out before finding his way to Las Vegas this season.

"He's enrolled and practicing and has given indications that he'll be a good player for us," Hauck said. "He's a good looking player who moves around well. He was looking for a new home and we're thrilled to have him."


--Senior Anthony White (Las Vegas/Palo Verde HS) was wearing a white jersey on Saturday after moving from linebacker to fullback to start camp.

--Freshman receiver Mike Horsey traveled a long way to walk on to the team this season. The Baltimore, Md., native hails from famed Dunbar High School, the same prep program that produced UNLV redshirt freshman DB Courtney Bridget.



--Newcomer at linebacker Perry Cooper (The Woodlands, TX/Woodlands HS) has changed his jersey number, which was published in the media guide as 36, to 93.

--Big O-lineman Brett Boyko (6-7, 290) arrived from Canada during practice and will look to join his new teammates on the field soon. The native of Saskatoon was originally a candidate to grayshirt but got late word that he was coming to camp.

--The Rebels return to the field Sunday morning. All practices this season are open to the public but with limited viewing areas out at Rebel Park.

DATE            DAY       TIME
August 8        Sunday    8:00-10:45 a.m. (helmets only)
August 9        Monday    8:00-10:45 a.m. (half-pads)
August 10       Tuesday   8:00-10:45 a.m. (half-pads)
August 11-21    Practice off campus

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