Hauck Names Herring Starter
Aug. 21, 2011
CAMP REBEL (UNLVRebels.com) - With less than two weeks left until the UNLV football team kicks off the 2011 season, head coach Bobby Hauck announced Sunday evening that sophomore quarterback Caleb Herring would start under center against 10th-ranked Wisconsin.
"Caleb just played better," Hauck said from the Rebels' off-campus training site, where the team will remain until Thursday. "He has a better grasp of what is going on and a great handle on the offense. He has done a nice job in camp so far."
Herring (6-3, 190 pounds out of Citrus Hill High School in Moreno Valley, Calif.) redshirted in 2009 before playing in eight games off the bench last fall, completing exactly half of his 56 attempts for 365 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He picked up valuable experience behind longtime starter Omar Clayton as all of Herring's scoring passes came on the road in hostile environments (BYU, West Virginia, Idaho and Hawaii) with two of those scores helping his team avoid being shut out.
"It feels good to earn the spot," Herring said after today's practice. "It was my goal from day one and it is great to be named the starter. I will still go out there and compete and practice as hard as I can every day."
UNLV signed junior-college quarterback Sean Reilly out of Saddleback College at midyear and the two competed to replace Clayton, who set the school record for most games played at the position with 40 appearances from 2007-10. Herring led Reilly (6-4, 210 pounds from Trabuco Hills, Calif.) on the depth chart coming out spring practice and did nothing this summer to relinquish the role that Hauck made official today.
UNLV will help open ESPN's college football coverage on Thursday, Sept. 1 when it travels to Madison for a 5 p.m. PT kickoff at Camp Randall Stadium. The Rebels' home opener is set for Sept. 17 vs. Hawaii at 7 p.m. PT. Season and single-game tickets are on sale now by calling 739-FANS or logging on to unlvtickets.com.