Camp Notes: Rebels Hit Field For First Time
Aug. 7, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Nearly 100 players took the field Tuesday under a sizzling sun at Rebel Park as the UNLV football team opened its 2012 preseason practices. Hitting Ernie Becker Sr. Football Fields at 8 a.m., the team practiced for 2.5 hours in the desert heat before hitting the ice tubs and sports drinks.
"It's great to be back out here," third-year Head Coach Bobby Hauck said after meeting with the media. "It's fun to be back coaching our guys and everyone involved is excited to be underway preparing for the season."
The team will hold one practice a day, starting at 8 a.m., for the remainder of the week until leaving for Ely on Sunday. All practices are open to the public. The first full-pad day is Saturday.
BRADFORD'S BACK: The biggest news of the opening day was the return to the field by running back Dionza Bradford. The 6-0, 210-pound sophomore from Phelan, Calif., had left the team during this year's spring practice but returned to the program during the summer and is now looking to earn back his spot in the running rotation.
Bradford played in all 12 games as a rookie last fall, starting four, and ranked second on the team with 615 net yards on the ground, which was just nine short of the school record for a freshman. His broke the century-mark in rushing yards in three different games and scored three touchdowns while splitting time with team leader Tim Cornett.
"It's good to have him back," Hauck said. "Dionza had some personal issues to deal with this spring and now he's working some things out. He has a ways to go but we're glad he's here."
While being interviewed by reporters after Tuesday's practice, Bradford put it simply: "I'm grateful to be back."
A REAL ADONIS:
The Rebel rushing corps was also bolstered by the arrival of former Big Ten player Adonis Smith, who transferred to UNLV from Northwestern and will wear jersey No. 2. Smith, who has to sit out the 2012 season per NCAA rules, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2013. The native of the Bay Area rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns last fall for the Wildcats.
"We recruited Adonis hard coming out of high school so it's great to have him join our program," Hauck said. "But he can't play this year so we'll be talking about him next spring."
Smith graduated from Junipero Serra High School, which is the same program that produced new Rebel Jonavaughn Williams.
EUROPEAN ADDITION: Also enjoying his first day as a Rebel was linebacker Max Ehlert, a late addition from Chabot College who was born in Germany but grew up in Helsinki, Finland. The product from Etu Toolon Secondary earned first team All-Golden Gate Conference honors as a sophomore last season at his junior college.
Individual tickets for all seven of UNLV's 2012 home football games are now on sale, while season tickets for the Rebels are also still available.
Prices are $40 on the sidelines, $25 in the end zone and $19 in the Value Zone for six of the seven games. There is special pricing for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon vs. Nevada, Reno on Oct. 13 ($50/$30/$25). Additional fees may apply.
Season tickets for 2012 cost $215 on the sidelines (additional RAF donation required in certain areas) and $115 in the end zone. A limited number of Value Zone Season Tickets are available in the North end of Sam Boyd Stadium for just $90. There is also a special "4-for-3" season ticket offer in the Value Zone for new season ticket purchasers allowing a fan to purchase four Value Zone Season Tickets for the price of three ($270). This is a limited time offer, while supplies last.
Log on to www.unlvtickets.com or call (702) 739-FANS (3267) to buy yours today or for more information regarding ticket offers and group pricing. For more information on Rebel football, visit www.unlvrebels.com.