Rebels Doing Heavy Training|
Aug. 16, 2011
CAMP REBEL (UNLVRebels.com) - It's already a full week after Camp Rebel 2011 opened for business and the UNLV football team was scheduled for a single afternoon practice on Tuesday at its off-campus site.
Make that one HEAVY practice.
"That was a long one, the longest so far," said UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck as he left the field to meet with the media on hand. "But that's what camp is all about."
Spanning three hours with the use of full pads, the session included lots of special teams work and was capped off by a group rendition of the Happy Birthday song combined for two players and one assistant coach who all celebrated the milestone this week.
Asked about specific Rebels today wearing blue jerseys, which signify injured players and no-contact during practice, Hauck said there was nothing big to report on that front.
"It's just camp," said Hauck. "Some guys are a little banged up. (We've got) nothing long term except for possibly Aaron Reed (who was injured last week while practicing in Las Vegas)."
The Rebels return to the fields Wednesday with their second two-a-day on tap.
The number of players checked in at Camp Rebel rose two to 102 on Tuesday with the arrival of a pair of newcomers walking onto the squad: freshman fullback Darius Andres out of Claremont (Calif.) High School and Arizona State transfer Taylor Walstad, a product of Chandler (Ariz.) High School. Both players have to go through the NCAA-mandated five-day acclimation period, which limits their practice availability, but were in jerseys and shorts Tuesday.
Walstad, who was a highly rated running back when he joined the Sun Devils (including at one point being rated the No. 37 running back prospect in the country by Rivals.com), was a two-way player at CHS and will try his hand at linebacker in Las Vegas. He redshirted at the Pac-12 school in 2010 and will sit out this fall because of NCAA transfer rules before having three seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2012.
BARNHILL OPENING MORE DOORS
Easy to spot in his quarterback-only yellow jersey, redshirt freshman Taylor Barnhill has been taking part in multiple special teams drills of late. Hauck said the youngster from Rhome, Texas, is trying to become more versatile in order to earn a spot on the travel party.
"Taylor's running number three at quarterback and we don't want to travel people just to let them stand there," Hauck said. "It's a numbers issue and he's doing a credible job so far."