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Super Seven: Checking In On The NFL Rebels

Aug. 17, 2011

CAMP REBEL ( - On by far the warmest day since moving Camp Rebel to an off-site location, the team went through two highly competitive practices. Sophomore running back Bradley Randle had a particularly good day as he looks to push his way up the depth chart.

"Bradley is seeing things really well right now and we're excited for him," said UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck. "We've seen good days out of all of our backs but if Bradley keeps doing what he's been doing, he'll make an impact."

The day's second session saw the dreaded blue injury jersey come off of two players for the first time this week: redshirt freshman WR Taylor Spencer and sophomore DB John Therrell.

Spencer, a former Bishop Gorman High School standout who spent his first year at UNLV as a defensive back, looks to make a bigger splash on offense in 2011.

"Taylor's been running around, looking good," said Hauck. "It's the best he's looked during his time here."

The Rebels will return to the fields with a single practice Thursday afternoon.

PRO-REBEL FORCES A total of seven former UNLV players are on active NFL rosters as of Aug. 17. Here is a quick review of what the depth chart looks for the Rebels in the Pros:

DB Eric Wright, who recently signed as a free-agent with Detroit after a four-year career with Cleveland, is still listed as the starter at cornerback for the Lions despite dealing with some groin injuries this week.

OL Joe Hawley, who was the highest-drafted offensive lineman in UNLV history when Atlanta selected him 117th overall in 2010, is currently running No. 2 at center for the Falcons.

Joining Hawley in Atlanta is his former Las Vegas linemate, Matt Murphy. The four-year starter at UNLV recently signed as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons and is currently listed No. 3 at right tackle.



Another 2010 grad-turned UFA trying to earn a spot in the pro ranks is John Gianninoto, who is running No. 4 at right guard for the Carolina Panthers.

The final of the school's four offensive line alums is Johan Asiata, who has spent parts of the last two years with Chicago and is currently listed No. 3 at left guard for the Bears.

Fan favorite and former Steelers RB Frank "The Tank" Summers signed a deal with San Diego in the offseason and now is trying to the make the Chargers as a fullback.

Finally, defensive lineman Martin Tevaseu, who got in some playing time with the Jets a year ago, is right now the No. 3 nose tackle for the Jets.

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