Aug. 22, 2009
CAMP REBEL - UNLV closed out its Fall Camp with an hour-and-a-half scrimmage Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium, with an emphasis placed on situational plays early on, followed by more a scrimmage setting the second half.
The Rebels worked on every facet of the game, from two-minute and red-zone offense, kickoffs, field goals, punts, and head coach Mike Sanford gave mixed reviews on the night.
"We have a chance to be a good football team, but we were not ready to play tonight," Sanford said. "The defense did a pretty good job but the offense was sloppy tonight and we had too many penalties. I am glad it happened tonight and we have another two weeks to improve on that."
Rebel starting quarterback Omar Clayton (Normal, IL/Normal Community HS) started the night slow, misfiring on his first three attempts, but the junior signal caller hit his next five attempts after that and finished 7-for-12 for 109 yards a touchdown and an interception. Both the score and the pick came at the end of the scrimmage during a two-minute offense drill, which started with Mike Grant (Fresno, CA/Sierra College) picking off Clayton. He responded by leading the Rebels down the field for a touchdown, carrying the ball three times for 37 yards and completing a pair of passes to Ryan Wolfe (Santa Clarita, CA/Hart HS), the second one an 18-yard score.
"Tonight we were not as sharp as we need to be," Clayton said. "We can learn from this tonight. I feel, though, overall we have had a good camp."
The No. 1 defense was sharp tonight, not allowing a first down in six trips on the field and making several plays on the night, both in the offensive backfield and in the secondary.
The pass rush was stout, getting to the quarterback several times with Jason Beauchamp (San Diego, CA/Steele Canyon HS), Heivaha Mafi (Oakland, CA/Laney College), Quinton Pointer (Cape Coral, FL/Mariner HS) and Malo Taumua (Honolulu, HI/Aiea HS) all recording sacks. Beauchamp had a trio of tackles and Preston Brooks (Los Angeles, CA/Washington State) picked up a tackle for loss up front for the Rebels.
The secondary also played well as Pointer, Deante' Purvis (Pinole, CA/Pinole Valley HS) and Ryan Tillman (Rialto, CA/Rialto HS) had pass breakups and Grant's pick capped an impressive camp for the transfer defensive back.
"I still have a lot to work on in the next two weeks, but overall I think I have had a good camp," Grant said. "I want to make myself one of the top players in the secondary and also a leader on the team."
LUNCH WITH COACH: The Rebel Athletic Fund has announced the four dates for this year's UNLV Football Luncheon Series with Head Coach Mike Sanford and emcee Dave McCann.
The events will again take place on select Fridays beginning at noon (Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 9, and Nov. 6) on campus at the Board Room inside the Thomas & Mack Center. The Sept. 4 luncheon helps kick off the season with the Rebels' opening contest vs. Sacramento State set for the next night.
Tickets are $15 per person for the public and $10 for RAF members, UNLV alumni, faculty, staff and current students.
UNLV season and single-game tickets are available now by calling (702) 739-FANS or logging on to unlvtickets.com.
2009 RAF FOOTBALL LUNCHEON SERIES
DATE LOCATION OPPONENT Friday, Sept. 4 TMC Board Room Season Kickoff/Sacramento State Friday, Sept. 18 TMC Board Room Hawaii Friday, Oct. 9 TMC Board Room BYU Friday, Nov. 6 TMC Board Room Colorado State
UP NEXT: The Rebels now head into their game-week schedule, with the players having Monday off, which is also the start of classes at UNLV. Fans can still purchase season and single-game tickets.
2009 UNLV FOOTBALL TICKET INFORMATION