Camp Notes: Throwing On The Pads
Aug. 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Day Three of Camp UNLV saw the Rebels putting on their shoulder pads for the first time this season at Rebel Park on a breezy Thursday morning. The Rebels practiced for nearly three hours before breaking for lunch.
"It was physical today with the addition of pads," head coach Bobby Hauck said. "I think we have a pretty physical team and I like the way the guys got after each other. The spirit of competition is good. They go at each other and then they shake hands and enjoy each other's company off the field."
The team will sport half-pads on Friday before wearing full pads for the first time on Saturday.
BORNAND RAISED TO PUNT: Freshman Nicolai Bornand has showed off his punting skills during the first three days of practice. The Santa Barbara native attended Dos Pueblos High School and was recruited as a linebacker, but he also had an impressive prep career as a kicker as ESPN ranked him the No. 16 kicker in the nation. He hails from the same high school as current graduate assistant coach Jay Staggs.
He will battle sophomore Logan Yunker, who sat out last season after transferring from Nevada, Reno, for the punting duties.
Whoever wins the battle will have very large shoes to fill left by Chase Lansford who graduated last spring. Lansford was consistently one of the best punters in the country after transferring to UNLV from Santa Ana College.
As a senior Lansford averaged 41.7 yards per punt as was named to the 2012 Official Ray Guy Award Watch List. His best performance came against New Mexico where he averaged 55 yards per punt and had a season-long punt of 67 yards.
FOOTBALL ROYALTY IN ATTENDANCE: One of the greatest players in football history visited UNLV's practice on Thursday as legendary receiver Jerry Rice was on the sidelines at Rebel Park. Known for his exploits both on the fields of the NFL and the dance floors of ABC's Dancing with the Stars (he was runner-up of season two -- the same season as former UNLV quarterback Kenny Mayne), Rice's son, Jerry Jr. joined UNLV this fall as a wide receiver after lettering three years at UCLA.
NEXT UP: The team is back practicing at Ernie Becker Sr. Football Fields at Bill "Wildcat" Morris Rebel Park on Friday. Practices are open to the public in limited viewing areas. Fans are invited to attend but please note that the use of cell phones or other mobile communication devices is not allowed while at Rebel Park.
The Rebels open the 2013 season by traveling to Minnesota on Thursday, Aug. 29. The seven-game home schedule begins with a first-ever hosting of Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 7. Season tickets are available now by calling 739-FANS (3267) or logging on to unlvrebels.com.