Aug. 17, 2010
CAMP REBEL (UNLVRebels.com) - While it's not unusual to have NFL scouts drop by campus, no less than three have found their way to Camp Rebel's off-site location this time around, which is more than ever before.
Representatives from the San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos have each spent at least one practice with UNLV over the past week.
Head coach Bobby Hauck says the visitors have lists of players to check out that go at least 15 names deep but that he figures that at this point his team has about five-to-six prospects for the NFL - a number that could change during the season.
UNLV has had 11 players drafted over the last eight years, including at least one in four consecutive drafts, which is the longest string for the program since an eight-year streak from 1975-82 back when the NFL Draft had twice as many rounds as today.
There are six Rebel alumni currently fighting for roster spots in NFL camps.
Most established is starting cornerback Eric Wright of the Cleveland Browns, who is heading into his fourth pro season.
Fullback Frank "The Tank" Summers is trying to bounce back from an injury he suffered as a rookie last season after being selected in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009.
Former UNLV lineman Johan Asiata, who signed as an undrafted free agent and spent last fall on the practice squad in Chicago, is now vying for playing time in 2010 with the Bears.
Joe Hawley, who was drafted higher than any Rebel offensive lineman in history earlier this year when Atlanta took him in the fourth round, is currently joined in Falcons camp by UNLV's all-time leading receiver Ryan Wolfe, who signed as a free agent.
Another player from the 2009 UNLV team - defensive lineman Martin Tevaseu - is trying to make the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent signee.
In addition, tall tight end Greg Estandia, who played a few seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before joining Cleveland last season, was put on injured reserve by the Browns back in mid-July. His future status in unclear.
The Rebels have one practice Tuesday afternoon before hitting the field for their final two-a-day Wednesday. The only scrimmage of camp is scheduled for Saturday morning before the team returns to Las Vegas.