Camp Notes: Rebels Welcome Pair Of Players|
Aug. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - As the UNLV football team wrapped up its first phase of preseason practice Friday morning, there were two more notable players running through drills at Rebel Park. After finally getting accepted into the university's graduate program, safety Frank Crawford and wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. turned in their first practice as members of the squad.
Both players are taking advantage of the NCAA rule allowing players to graduate from a school and then transfer into a master's program elsewhere without having to sit out before using a final year of eligibility.
Crawford, (6-1, 180) out of Gulliver Prep in Miami, Fla., graduated from Ole Miss and will spend his final season with the Western version of the Rebels. The brother of 2012 UNLV DB Dre Crawford, Frank lettered three times at Ole Miss, playing in 25 games and making 36 tackles from 2010-12. He grabbed his first interception last season for the SEC school.
"My brother being here was the main connection (to UNLV)," Crawford said. "After I decided to leave (Ole Miss), I met the coaches here and felt it was the best for me. Dre told me there was a lot of potential and I was someone that could help here."
Rice, (5-11, 185) the son and namesake of legendary NFL receiver Jerry Rice, graduated from Menlo High School in Menlo, Calif., and went on to letter three times at UCLA. He went through his first practice as a Rebel on Friday as his famous father watched from a distance.
"I was excited to be out there with my teammates and competing," Rice Jr. said. "I'll work in the slot, the outside, special teams, blocking, returning. I'm just here to compete."
Rice Jr. had a connection to the Rebel program as he played alongside former Bruins receiver Taylor Embree, who is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach at UNLV.
Head coach Bobby Hauck said everyone was happy the pair came aboard.
"These are two great guys and our guys gave them the thumbs up as far as adding them to the team," Hauck said. "You don't bring in fifth-year guys unless they have a chance to contribute and hopefully they'll earn playing time. Frank fits in well and had some good film from Ole Miss. Jerry works hard to get on the field any way he can and is a good technician as a receiver."
MOVING DAY: The Rebels will now pack up and head North to Ely on Saturday where they will go through their first full-pads practice. UNLV will conduct its two-a-days in the town and return to Las Vegas after a final scrimmage on Aug. 21.
August 10 Saturday TRAVEL TO ELY, NV 5:00 p.m. Practice (full pads) August 11 Sunday 2:15 p.m. (full pads) August 12 Monday 9:00 a.m. (half pads) 3:30 p.m. (full pads) August 13 Tuesday 2:15 p.m. August 14 Wednesday 9:00 a.m. (half pads) 3:30 p.m. (full pads) August 15 Thursday 2:15 p.m. August 16 Friday 9:00 a.m. (half pads) 3:30 p.m. (full pads) August 17 Saturday 2:15 p.m. TEAM SCRIMMAGE August 18 Sunday 3:30 p.m. August 19 Monday 9:00 a.m. (half pads) 3:30 p.m. (full pads) August 20 Tuesday 2:15 p.m. August 21 Wednesday 8:00 a.m. TEAM SCRIMMAGE TRAVEL TO LAS VEGAS August 26 Monday FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL