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John Lotulelei (left) welcomed little brother Tau to the team Wednesday.

Aug. 15, 2012

ELY, Nev. ( - UNLV staged its second set of two-a-day practices on Wednesday and got some good work in, especially during the full-padded afternoon session after a light rain and overcast skies produced temperatures in the low-70s.

Next up, Head Coach Bobby Hauck's squad will be back on the field Thursday afternoon for one practice.


It was an early Thanksgiving for the UNLV football family Wednesday. No, not just because the temperatures were similar to November numbers in Las Vegas, but mainly because they enjoyed a dinner highlighted by roast turkey, ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, vegetables and ever-popular homemade rolls.

It's one of the most popular spreads cooked up by the folks at the Jailhouse Hotel for the Rebs while they are in Ely.

UNLV has been training here for seven years. All but the first two of those trips have been catered by the hotel and staged at the Bristlecone Convention Center right next door. The Rebel players and support staff all gather for lunch and dinner every day during this portion of camp for a first-class meal after each practice.

Jailhouse owners Bryane and Suzie Goeringer use a kitchen and serving staff of 13-15 for each meal - dishing out about a total of 450 a day. That also includes breakfasts served over at White Pine High School where the team holds its meetings before heading to Broadbent Park for practice.

The "Thanksgiving" dinner from Wednesday is one of seven different menus that the staff cycles through over the 11 days of the team being in Ely. Suzie says the program's annual visit not only benefits her family's business, but also the entire town's economy. Plus, it's good for the younger folks to see the college kids from down south in their own backyard.

"Ely is really a stop-through town for most people so it's a cool thing for our young people to see a college team here for a couple of weeks every summer," she says. "The Rebels really help get the name Ely out there, which is good for everyone."




The Rebels already had one brother combination with junior linebacker Tim Hasson and sophomore defensive back Tajh Hasson on the squad.

Now they have two.

Senior linebacker John Lotulelei, who will be counted on a senior leader this fall, welcomed little brother Tau Lotulelei to camp Wednesday. The younger Lotulelei, who went to Maui High School in Hawaii, is a walk-on who was finally cleared to join the team and made the four-hour trip north. His first day at Broadbent Park was also his first of the mandatory acclimation period. Both brothers are linebackers but this is the first time the two have been on the same squad.

John says he is looking forward to having his brother on the roster but says he's built a bit different than he is: "Tau is smaller than me -- but he is faster."


Individual tickets for all seven of UNLV's 2012 home football games are now on sale, while season tickets for the Rebels are also still available.

Prices are $40 on the sidelines, $25 in the end zone and $19 in the Value Zone for six of the seven games. There is special pricing for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon vs. Nevada, Reno on Oct. 13 ($50/$30/$25). Additional fees may apply.

Season tickets for 2012 cost $215 on the sidelines (additional RAF donation required in certain areas) and $115 in the end zone. A limited number of Value Zone Season Tickets are available in the North end of Sam Boyd Stadium for just $90.

There is also a special "4-for-3" season ticket offer in the Value Zone for new season ticket purchasers allowing a fan to purchase four Value Zone Season Tickets for the price of three ($270). This is a limited time offer, while supplies last.

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