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Rebels’ coach Bobby Hauck pleased with performances in Ely camp

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UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck takes part in the Mountain West Conference football media day Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

ELY — On one play during the UNLV football team’s scrimmage Wednesday to close the 11-day training camp in Ely, quarterback Caleb Herring found himself lined up at wide receiver.

It was toward the end of the scrimmage when the offensive and defensive reserves were getting some action, but the receiver scheduled to be in on the play was getting re-taped with the trainer.

Herring, who earlier in the week found out he lost the quarterback battle to redshirt freshman Nick Sherry, acted quickly to keep the scrimmage on schedule. Wearing his yellow quarterback jersey — one of five players in yellow — he sprinted up field and caught a long pass in stride from Sean Reilly for a 55-yard completion.

Herring’s teammates enthusiastically congratulated him on the grab.

While the moment was relatively minor in a long list of notable plays in Ely, it served as a great example of what UNLV coach Bobby Hauck learned about his team at the camp. The players are willing to do anything to be successful.

“The guys love to play. This is a group that likes football,” Hauck said.

Hauck said Herring was disappointed to learn he wasn’t the starter but took the news like a professional. He showed that Wednesday by stepping in at wide receiver.

“We needed a receiver, so we threw him in. He knows the routes,” Hauck said. “They left him uncovered. I don’t know how they didn’t see him (in the yellow quarterback jersey).”

With the Ely camp in the books, the next challenge is preparing for next Thursday’s season opener against visiting Minnesota at Sam Boyd Stadium. The team spent a good portion of the Ely trip studying film on Minnesota and implementing a game plan. When they weren’t at Broadbent Park for practice, they were in meetings at the hotel preparing for the first of four games at Sam Boyd to open the season.

“(Football) is all that is going on here, 24-7,” said junior running back Tim Cornett, the Rebels’ leading rusher the past two seasons. “You barely have time to talk to your family. You are either in film ... in practice or in treatment. It’s just always something to do with football when you are down here.”

The annual trip is partially designed to leave behind the Las Vegas heat for the cooler climate of Ely for two-a-day practices. It also gives the players a chance to form a bond before the season starts.

“I feel the team got a lot closer knowing we are here mostly by ourselves,” Cornett said. “I feel like the chemistry has gotten much better, and that is something we didn’t have last year.”

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  1. GOOD LUCK THIS SEASON COACH!!

    As a former player from 30 years ago, I can't wait to get out to the stadium and see this team get onto the field. You have my full support and I know that there are other former players and alumni who support you as well.

    Tell these guys to just go out and leave it all on the field!

  2. I second rebelheart's sentiments. I think there will be a lot of heads turning when this team gets on the field. Start it with a great showing when Minnesota comes to town. Go REBELS!!

  3. i hope the rebels do well also but reality will set in and 3 or 4 wins will happen again . unlv is just not condusive for good football . there is no athletic dormitory,dining hall ,or studyhall like most big universities have .when you have a football team that doesnt draw many fans to boyd stadium it puts a strain on the athletic budget . the football team loses a lot of money every year . if it wasnt for unlv basketball who knows what kind of shape the athletic dept.would be in .all i know is the casino sports books hate the rebels because everybody bets against them and usually wins one night when they played wsu there must have been 400 people in line after the game cashing tickets

  4. Yes improved was needed Don't overlook Minnesota they are hungry for a win also

  5. Atta boy Caleb no pouting I know a former Qb that when on to have a helluva professional career as a free agent wide receiver possible Hall of Fame Mr. clutch Drew Pearson of the Dallas Cowboys. I know I'm dating myself but the moral of the story is just get on the field and make the most of your opportunities.
    For the rest of the Rebel football players I will be there as an Alumni supporting the troops. In my mind its football and anytime you are wearing the UNLV logo I got your back give them hell. Hit somebody the wins will come.
    Step by step we'll get this turned around.
    Good luck fellas!

  6. People here should google Tony Knapp and read the RJ obituary (Sorry Sun, but it is a lot better than what the Sun posted.)

    There are way too few people here that don't understand what we had as a football team back in those days. Football was very relevant then and it can very much be again. That is what this coach and the administration are striving for. Sometimes you have to learn from the past in order to succeed in the future. Way too much emphasis on how bad things are. Not only does the team have to change its attitude but so do the people of Las Vegas!

  7. I commend you Coach Hauck on you decision to make Nick Sherry the #1 QB! I hope your love affair with Caleb Herring is over with. I for one could not suffer through another season of watching his inept performances! Go Rebels! Beat the Gophers!