Aug. 13, 2009
CAMP REBEL - The longest -- and warmest -- practice held at UNLV's off-campus training site had a slow start on Thursday but saw the Rebel football team rally for a solid session overall.
The 25-period morning get-together was punctuated with a lot of yelling from all points on the field by the coaching staff early on.
"That was probably a byproduct of it being a morning practice coming off a two-a-day yesterday," said head coach Mike Sanford. "Guys were sore and we kind of had to wake everyone up. But after we got going, I think we had a really good practice."
Senior receiver Ryan Wolfe (Santa Clarita, CA/Hart HS), who on Thursday was named the UNLV 2008-09 Sportsman of the Year, said his team is still adjusting to the addition of two-a-days to the schedule.
"Things are going well but it's early in camp and we're still getting in the groove. I think today was our most productive day so far. We were real efficient out there, kept the tempo up and didn't have a lot of re-dos on drills."
Asked if any youngster had stood out on offense, the All-America candidate said true freshman ball-catcher Mark Barefield (Wills Point, TX/Wills Point HS) has been fun to watch already.
"Mark was the first rookie in camp to get his helmet stripe off (on Wednesday). He still is battling through the normal freshman adjustments but has shown a lot of good signs."
After munching on a deli-style lunch, the players enjoyed some well-earned rest before digging in for an evening of meetings.
HERE COMES THE (VOICE OF THE) REBELS: Taking in Thursday's proceedings was legendary UNLV game announcer Dick Calvert and his wife, Anne. Nearing four decades as a the Voice of the Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium, Calvert joins the football team for part of camp each August to get a preview of the pending action.
BLACK ATTACK: Earning the Black Jersey honors on Thursday was a pair of seniors expected to have a big impact on the Rebels' fortunes this fall: wide receiver Rodelin Anthony (Immokalee, FL/Immokalee HS) and defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu (Boonville, CA/Anderson Valley HS/Santa Rosa JC).
After an uneven career that has included both spectacular grabs and dropped balls, Anthony looks primed to peak in his final year on campus and, along with Wolfe, is a seasoned leader in the Rebel receiving corps.
Tevaseu, a former Arizona State signee who didn't join the program until the middle of camp last year, ended up starting seven games in place of injured leader Jacob Hales along the 2008 line and this season sets up to be a big run stuffer for coordinator Dennis Therrell's defense.
FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE: It's back to two-a-days for the squad with a 9:40-11:40 a.m. morning session followed by a 5:15-7:00 p.m. evening go-round, which will lead up to Saturday's big scrimmage set to kick off at 10:15 a.m.