Hauck Announces Starting QB For Opener
Aug. 21, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebel.com) - Redshirt freshman Nick Sherry will start at quarterback for UNLV in the team's season-opening game vs. Minnesota on Aug. 30, head coach Bobby Hauck announced Tuesday afternoon following his team's preseason practice in Ely.
Sherry (6-5, 235) will become just the third freshman quarterback in UNLV history to start a season-opening game under center. Redshirt rookie Travis Dixon won his first assignment, 23-16, at Utah State in 2007 and redshirt Jon Denton was the first to do it when the Rebels fell 62-3 at No. 2-ranked Tennessee in the 1996 lid-lifter.
Sherry was battling two veteran returners for the starting nod during spring practice and preseason camp. Junior Caleb Herring (6-3, 200), out of Moreno Valley, Calif. (Citrus Hill HS), started eight of his 10 games played in 2011 and led the team with 1,004 passing yards. Also in the mix was senior Sean Reilly (6-4, 210), a former transfer from Saddleback College who played in seven games a year ago, including two starts.
"Nick had a nice second half of spring ball and a really good training camp," Hauck said. "We just felt like he gave us the best chance to be competitive against Minnesota, so we'll start him next week."
Sherry, out of Petaluma, Calif., was a standout signal caller at Casa Grande High School. He was ranked the No. 86 quarterback prospect in the nation by Scouts Inc. and originally committed to Colorado before signing with the Rebels.
"It's a great opportunity," Sherry said. "To be named the starter -- that's an honor because they're (Sean and Caleb) both really good. We're all going to play during the year. So I'm going to go out there and work hard every day but I'm excited for next week's game."
UNLV will hold its second scrimmage Wednesday morning before packing up and returning to Las Vegas to prepare for the opener when the Gophers will become just the third Big Ten Conference team in history to play in Las Vegas.
Individual tickets for the opener and all seven of UNLV's 2012 home football games are now on sale, while season tickets for the Rebels are also still available.
Prices are $40 on the sidelines, $25 in the end zone and $19 in the Value Zone for six of the seven games. There is special pricing for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon vs. Nevada, Reno on Oct. 13 ($50/$30/$25). Additional fees may apply.
Season tickets for 2012 cost $215 on the sidelines (additional RAF donation required in certain areas) and $115 in the end zone. A limited number of Value Zone Season Tickets are available in the North end of Sam Boyd Stadium for just $90.
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