UNLV Camp Report: Day Nine
Aug. 11, 2007
After a travel day on Friday, UNLV quickly got back to work on Saturday with a traditional double-day practice session. The Rebels worked out in full pads in the morning for a spirited 24-plus-period outing. After a lunch of chicken and pasta and then rest, the players returned in Rebel Gear (shorts and helmets) for a solid 20-period display in the evening.
"The morning was very physical and there was a lot of excitement on the field," said UNLV head coach Mike Sanford. "We had some great three-on-three drills, which upped the intensity. In the evening we got a lot done with our two-minute offense, using 10 full periods on that theme. I think we threw and caught the ball well."
Sanford cited the following players for turning in outstanding days: LB Beau Bell (Tustin, CA/Tustin HS), safety Shane Horton (Chatsworth, CA/Notre Dame HS), RB Channing Trotter (Mesa AZ/Red Mountain HS), and OL Ramsey Feagai (Honolulu/Radford HS).
"That whole group was special today," Sanford said.
UNLV is off on Sunday before staging another set of practices on Monday.
REBEL CAMP NOTES:
-HINDS HELD OUT... Splitting all the of reps at quarterback today were freshman Travis Dixon (Chandler, AZ/Hamilton HS) and junior Dack Ishii (Huntington Beach, CA/Tennessee). Though fully dressed out, returning starting QB Rocky Hinds (Los Angeles/St. Bernard HS) was essentially a spectator on the field because of his knee flaring up.
"Rocky had a little bit of a twist in the knee so we kept him out of live drills," Sanford said. "He's had some swelling there and we'll see how it develops."
Hinds, who started 11 games despite partially tearing his ACL in the second week of 2006, missed all of spring practice after undergoing knee surgery in the off-season.
-COMINGS... The team was welcomed to its off-campus practice site on Friday with a backyard BBQ that included a troop of actors playing Wild West characters, complete with horses and six-shooters.
-AND GOINGS... Fifth-year senior quarterback-turned-safety Jarrod Jackson (Lake Oswego, OR/Grossmont College) decided to retire from football before the team left for the off-site practice session. Jackson, who redshirted in 2006, earned one letter as a Rebel when he started six games under center in 2005, throwing for 1,321 yards after transferring from JC powerhouse Grossmont College. Jackson, who moved to safety after this year's spring practice, has already earned his bachelor's degree in management from UNLV and will now enter the business world instead of using his final year of eligibility.
Also not making the trip with the Rebels was linebacker Mark Seward (Las Vegas/Bonanza HS), who has left the program after just a week. The younger brother of all-time UNLV tackle king Adam Seward previously played at UNR and Saddleback JC before transferring back home.