Practice One In The Sun
Aug. 9, 2011
CAMP REBEL (UNLVRebels.com) - Under a bright sun but pleasantly dry conditions, the UNLV football team opened its 2011 preseason camp Tuesday with a nearly three-hour session at Rebel Park on campus.
"We're excited to be out here," said second-year head coach Bobby Hauck. "There is nothing better this time of year than being back on the field with your team."
The squad will continue its once-daily morning practices through the week. Saturday will bring the first day of full-pads and then the program makes its annual trek to an off-campus site for 11 days of practice that will include the battery of two-a-days.
The public is invited to attend all UNLV practices with limited viewing areas. Also, no cell phones or other mobile communication devices are to be used while inside Rebel Park.
A FULL HOUSE
The first day of practice attracted a big media contingent. All four local television stations sent cameras while beat writers from both major newspapers were joined by a columnist, someone from the school's newspaper, and representatives from two local radio stations.
The player attracting the most attention on Day One was newcomer Princeton Jackson. The junior-college All-American out of Blinn College in Texas (home of last year's Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton) was rated the team's top recruit and will be looked upon to offer immediate help at linebacker this fall. Look for a story on Jackson written by the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Mark Anderson. R-J columnist Ed Graney, meanwhile, is doing a column on the team's lone veteran presence along the offensive line - junior Yusef Rodgers.
Oddly, one of the team's limited amount of seniors in 2011 is also a newcomer. Defensive back Daniel Harper is a 5-10, 180-pound transfer from none other than the Pac-12's USC. The native of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, lettered twice for the Trojans but was able to move to UNLV without sitting out a season because of the USC's infraction penalties. Harper played in 12 games last fall and totaled eight tackles as a junior.
MAKE IT 2 AT WAZZU
The final TBA from UNLV's 2011 schedule was recently filled in as Washington State announced that it will host the Rebels at 2 p.m. PT on September 10. The game will mark UNLV's first against the Pac-12 Cougars since 1991 and first trip to Pullman since 1986.
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