That's A Wrap
Aug. 19, 2009
CAMP REBEL - UNLV conducted its final off-campus practice Wednesday night, running through 18 five-minute periods in Rebel Gear on a cool evening that brought a close to Camp Rebel.
Rebel head coach Mike Sanford was extremely pleased with the progress his team made over the 10 days away from Las Vegas, and gave a top-5 of ares that were bright spots during camp.
1 - Attitude and work ethic. "The team had a great attitude and worked hard every day of practice. We accomplished a lot."
2 - Improved in several position areas. "We made improvements in areas we needed to. The defense really made a lot of strides, as well as the secondary."
3 - Team chemistry and togetherness. "This is really a tight-knit football team, and that only improved in camp."
4 - Avoiding big injuries. Outside of the normal bumps, bruises and aches of a football training camp, the Rebels avoided serious injuries. "We have been very fortunate that we haven't had anyone suffer a serious injury thus far."
5 - Practiced at a faster tempo. "Because of the experience with this group, we practiced at a faster speed then we have in the past. We got a lot more done during each period."
Sanford said the next step for the Rebels, following Thursday's off day, is to continue to focus and maintain concentration when practice resumes at Rebel Park in Las Vegas. The Rebels will resume classes at UNLV on Monday, and the team will also begin game planning for their season opener against Sacramento State at Sam Boyd Stadium on Sept. 5.
"We need to take the next step and keep progressing on," Sanford said. "We have to step up our intensity and concentration even more, get our legs back as well, and get ready to open up the season."
MORE STRIPES GONE: Six more players lost their stripes on the final day of off-campus practice, with Alex Klorman (Las Vegas, NV/Del Sol HS), Isaiah Shivers (Upland, CA/Upland HS) and Xavier Ellis (Roseville, CA/Woodcreek HS) going through the ceremony this morning. In the evening Dylan Barrera (Las Vegas, NV/Redlands), Brad Overand (Yakima, WA/West Valley HS) and Tyler Lomprey (Moapa Valley, NV/Moapa Valley HS) all had the stripe removed as well.
UP NEXT: The Rebels will travel back to Las Vegas tomorrow, eating breakfast and then hitting the road at about 10:30 a.m. (PT), and following a snack in Alamo, are scheduled to arrive back on campus around 3:00 p.m.
UNLV will have Thursday off and then resume work at Rebel Park, with a Friday evening practice, and fans are reminded that for the rest of the season, practices are closed to the public.