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#CampRebel: O-Line Looks To Solidfy Depth During Fall Camp

Aug. 10, 2016

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV football resumed it fall practices with a full contact session on Wednesday morning at Rebel Park. The team met just over two hours before breaking for lunch.

It was the first of two practices on the day, marking the first two-a-day of Camp Rebel. The Rebels met for position meetings in the afternoon before heading to Sam Boyd Stadium for an evening session, wearing shoulder pads and shorts.

Position Spotlight: Offensive Line
Continuing as a question mark in Year Two because of the lack of experienced bodies, the UNLV O-line only lists one senior on its entire preseason depth chart. An infusion of much-needed blocking talent is on the way but will need time to gel at such a critical spot in the lineup.

Any discussion about the Rebels' front must begin with that aforementioned lone senior -- center Will Kreitler. A good midyear get by the brand new staff in December of 2014, Kreitler did not disappoint in his first year on the FBS level. The former Fighting Artichoke from Scottsdale CC was the glue that held together the patch-work offensive line and heads into his final season as an honors candidate after being an honorable mention All-MW selection as a junior. He will be backed up by local product J'Ondray Sanders, who moves back to the middle after starting 10 games at right tackle a year ago.

Speaking of the tackles, still-growing Kyle Saxelid has become a fixture on the left side for the Rebels and is another all-conference candidate heading into 2016. Over at right tackle, young Nathan Jacobson is back after starting the final two games there as a freshman.

 

 

Two members of the highly rated recruiting class are penciled in as backups -- Jaron Caldwell and Donovan Outlaw -- along with Reno native and JC transfer Jacob Becker.

Topping the guards list heading into camp are JC signee Michael Chevalier, who competed in the spring on the left side, and prized local recruit Justin Polu, who managed to redshirt in Sanchez's first season, on the right. Newbie Julio Garcia, who like Caldwell starred for the national champion Bishop Gorman program, and fellow-signee Matt Brayton will get a long look for the rotation.

Also joining the Rebels during fall camp is graduate transfer Andrew Erbes, who is only a junior. UNLV is the fourth stop for the Scottsdale, Arizona native, as he spent time at Idaho (2015), Mesa College (2014) and redshirted at Arizona State (2013).

"Will Kreitler is simply the man in the middle," said head coach Tony Sanchez. "Saxelid is a returning starter and has the ability to be a leader but needs to be more consistent. Jacobson did a nice job in the spring. Polu is young and raw but powerful and can be a special player. Chevalier is a nice addition. You are going to see a lot of rotations early in camp with all of these new players but eventually it will mean we will have some depth on the line that we simply did not have last year at all."

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The squad will not have a practice session on Thursday, but will meet as a team at Sam Boyd Stadium for the annual team photo. Following the photo shoot, the team will break for lunch and will then depart for Red Rock Lanes and will enjoy an afternoon of team bonding while bowling.

Practices are closed to the public except for two team scrimmages: Aug. 13 starting at 9:30 a.m. and Aug. 19 starting at 8:10 a.m.

Season tickets for the six-game 2016 home schedule start at $230 on the Sidelines and $130 in the End Zone. A limited number of Value End Zone Season Tickets are available in the North end of Sam Boyd Stadium for just $99. There is also a special two-game mini-plan still available.

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