Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 | 10 p.m.
- UNLV’s first fall scrimmage proves to be a mixed bag (8-21-2011)
- Marcus Sullivan’s star has only grown since scary injury at West Virginia (8-20-2011)
- Phillip Payne getting closer to returning from broken foot (8-20-2011)
- UNLV coach Bobby Hauck to receive 2-year contract extension (8-19-2011)
- Inspired Bradley Randle making a push up UNLV’s running back ranks (8-19-2011)
- Brought along patiently, Cameron Jefferson ready to anchor UNLV’s offensive line (8-18-2011)
- Incoming punter Chase Lansford’s boot already making noise (8-17-2011)
- Tim Cornett hopes improved body, mentality helps UNLV rack up wins (8-16-2011)
- UNLV coach Bobby Hauck establishes Twitter policy with players (8-16-2011)
- 3 key questions UNLV faces as it opens camp in Ely (8-15-2011)
- Back on offense, Taylor Spencer emerging as a serious contender for playing time (8-12-2011)
- Caleb Herring looks to secure starting QB job he’s long desired (8-10-2011)
- Tuesday Practice Briefs: Timetable for Phillip Payne’s return unknown (8-9-2011)
- UNLV sophomore RB Tim Cornett named to Paul Hornung Award watch list (8-8-2011)
Bobby Hauck made it official Sunday evening: Sophomore Caleb Herring will start under center when UNLV opens its 2011 season next Thursday at Wisconsin.
It was long assumed based on developments and performances so far through fall camp that Herring would win the job. The announcement from the second-year head coach came a day after Herring shined in the team's Saturday scrimmage in Ely.
"Caleb just played better," Hauck said. "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's top competition coming into camp was junior college transfer Sean Reilly. Both have had their ups and downs, but Herring has shown much more consistency. To boot, Reilly's had trouble with his accuracy and has thrown a few too many interceptions in team drills for Hauck's liking.
Herring led four drives in the weekend scrimmage, going 5-of-5 for 74 yards and a TD toss. He also ran for 18 yards on two carries.
As for Reilly, he was at the helm for two possessions. On his first drive, he went 1-of-5, overthrowing Trey Mays in the end zone on third-and-two for what would have been a 32-yard score. Two attempts later, he was intercepted by Tim Hasson in the end zone after tossing the ball into double coverage. He rallied to go 2-of-4 for 46 yards when he next got a shot.
But in the big picture, Herring's performance in camp combined with his experience from last season in relief of senior Omar Clayton in eight games made him the right choice.
In spot duty in 2010 as a redshirt freshman, Herring was 28-of-56 for 365 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. His adjustment from Mike Sanford's spread offense to Hauck's attack, which features more of a run game, was relatively smooth.
Now, he'll make his first career start against the 10th-ranked Badgers in primetime in front of millions of viewers on ESPN.
"It feels good to earn the spot," Herring said. "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."