CAMP NOTES: Scouting The Secondary
Aug 16, 2013
ELY (UNLVRebels.com) – The Rebels practiced twice on Friday here at Broadbent Park.
The team started the morning with a half-pads practice that ran just over two hours. After the practice the Rebels enjoyed a variety of meat sandwiches at the convention center.
The team returned to the park for its afternoon session at 3:30 p.m. After two hours of practicing they ate tri-tip, chicken, rice and vegetables for dinner.
DEFINING THE DB’S: The defensive secondary is looking to receive a facelift this fall after some fresh faces joined the team.
First, and foremost, Tim Hauck joined the team as the defensive coordinator. He also over see’s the cornerbacks in practice. Hauck is the younger brother to head coach Bobby Hauck and comes with a wealth of NFL experience as a player and as a coach. He started this spring and began to implement some of his philosophies immediately.
“We had some question marks in the secondary going into the spring and I think some guys really made a push during those practices to make themselves better and make us better as a pass defense,” Tim Hauck said. “We had some guys that hadn’t played at all and the more reps they got then and get now the better they are going to be.”
The Rebels added another younger sibling to the roster. Frank Crawford is the younger brother to Dre Crawford, who played for UNLV last season. He comes to the team after spending four years at Ole Miss.
“Frank has a presence to himself. He is very athletic, is a leader and understands football,” Hauck said. “There is nothing negative there with him. He does everything right and he will be a huge benefit to this football team.”
Damon Collins comes to UNLV after spending two years at Diablo Valley College in California. He totaled 26 tackles as a sophomore and returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns.
“Damon is a JC kid that hasn’t played a ton of football but he obviously has some skills,” Hauck said. “If you watch him out here he has got great footwork. As soon as he learns the scheme he will be a good presence for us.”
Those two will add to the depth that UNLV already has in the secondary. The Rebels return a core group of players that saw extensive time a year ago. Sidney Hodge, Tajh Hasson, Kenneth Penny and Fred Wilson will compete for time at the cornerback position while Peni Vea, Kenny Keys and David Greene will compete at the safety spots. Mike Horsey, Brandon Baker, Marc Philippi, Jonavaughn Williams along with junior college transfer Matt Vinal and true freshmen Torry McTyer and Johnny Sharp will all vie for playing time in the secondary.
The two agreed that escaping the heat of Las Vegas is a benefit to practicing 250 miles north of campus.
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NEXT UP: UNLV will hold its first scrimmage of the fall at Broadbent Park starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. It was originally scheduled for 2:15 p.m., but was pushed back to give the team a little more rest. The Rebels will have one more scheduled scrimmage next Wednessday in Ely before returning to Las Vegas on Aug. 21.