Camp Notes: Catching Up With The Receivers|
Aug 15, 2013
ELY (UNLVRebels.com) – The Rebels were back for one practice on Thursday here at Broadbent Park.
Before the afternoon session the team enjoyed chicken sandwiches at the convention center following their morning meetings. After the practice the team ate spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and vegetables for dinner.
GOING DEEP: Coming into the 2013 season the Rebels will have depth at a skill position that they did not have one year ago.
“We are a lot deeper at receiver,” UNLV wide receiver’s coach Cedric Cormier said. “Numbers wise, we actually have three groups now that I feel comfortable putting out there.”
The Rebels return starters Devante Davis and Marcus Sullivan from last season. Davis led the team in receiving with 854 yards, while Sullivan ranked second with 659 yards. Anthony Williams returns for his second year after leading the team with 15.3 yards per catch and ranking third with 337 receiving yards. Taylor Spencer will also vie for time at receiver this fall.
“Maturity and experience have been big factors in our returning guys.” Cormier said. “Going into last year none of our guys had over 20 career catches. Last year Anthony had 22, Marcus had 55 and Devante had 61. So that experience and maturity will help them this season.”
The Rebels have also added some fresh faces that look to produce this season.
Jack Killian transferred to UNLV earlier this year in time for spring practices. He spent two years at San Joaquin Delta College where he caught 55 passes for 992 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“Jack probably has improved the most since the spring,” Cormier said. “He has been a steady-eddy and is having a great camp.”
Jerry Rice Jr. also transfered to UNLV being a three-year letterwinner at UCLA.
“Jerry is a little behind for the simple fact that he didn’t go through spring ball so he is still learning the system. We are playing him at a lot of different positions but he is getting better and better everyday. He is a real sharp kid and being here is important to him.”
Kendal Keys is the newest addition to the crew as he practiced for the first time in full pads on Wednesday. Despite being a true freshman and having limited practice time, he has made some quality plays
“We call Kendal ‘The Beast,’” Cormier said. “He is just a young pup that brings great energy and is a great kid to be around.”
SPEAKING ENGAGMENT: Head coach Bobby Hauck briefed the Rotary Club of Ely on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Jailhouse Motel & Casino.
Hauck spent about 30 minutes with members of the community giving them an update of the team and telling them how important our training camp in Ely is. He was also very appreciative of the support the community has given the team while practicing here.
After addressing the crowd he then answered a few questions pertaining to the team, recruiting and the possibility of an on-campus stadium at UNLV.
NEXT UP: UNLV will be back at Broadbent Park for two practices on Friday. The morning session will go from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and the afternoon practice will begin at 3:30 p.m. and go until 5:30 p.m. The Rebels continue to work towards Saturday's scrimmage and will continue to camp in Ely until Aug. 21.