CAMP NOTES: Depth At D-Line Key For Rebels
Aug 20, 2013
ELY (UNLVRebels.com) – The Rebels held their last practice on Tuesday here at Broadbent Park.
The day saw the team going through morning meetings before enjoying pulled pork and hot beef sandwiches for lunch.
After lunch the team had a short rest before heading over to the armory to get ready for the lone practice session of the day. After getting onto the field and just finishing up stretching, the team was directed to go back inside because of lightning in the area. The Rebels waited for over an hour before returning to the field.
After practice the team then enjoyed an Italian themed dinner that included lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, broccoli and cheese and assorted vegetables. All of the dinners were held in the Ely Convention Center and were catered by the Jailhouse Motel & Casino staff.
D-LINE DEPTH: Creating pressure on the other team is a main component of a strong defense and that pressure starts up front on the defensive line. This season the Rebels will look to make it a group effort to create chaos.
“Our guys are working hard and growing up,” defensive line coach Michael Gray said. “They are really buying in to what we are doing and I like our group. They have a good positive energy about them. We have some guys who have some reps under their belts and they have been on the road and played good teams.”
Seniors Alex Klorman, Mark Garrick, Tyler Gaston and Parker Holloway all have experience that will help the line. Junior Jordan Sparkman and sophomores Sonny Sanitoa and Jeremiah Valoaga are very athletic and saw extensive playing time last season.
“The key to our position is our depth this year. We have 10 solid guys,” Gray said. “This is the best defensive line we have had in my three years here. When I got here we were really thin and it has taken a lot of hard recruiting to get the right kind of guys here. It is good to see how far we have come.”
“We have some depth this year and we will look to keep the guys fresh,” Gray said. “The fact that we can play eight, nine or 10 guys is a positive. I am really excited for the season.”
NEXT UP: The team will wrap up its stint in Ely on Wednesday with a scrimmage at 8:00 a.m. before returning to Las Vegas.