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UNLV quarterback improving but still not cleared to start on Saturday

Nick Sherry took about half of the reps at Wednesday’s practice, but coach Bobby Hauck said the freshman isn’t any higher than a backup right now

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Boise State’s Jamar Taylor hits UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry, causing Sherry to lose the ball Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Boise, Idaho.

Freshman quarterback Nick Sherry took about half the snaps at Wednesday’s practice but his availability for Saturday’s game at San Diego State is still up in the air, UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said.

“He looked like he was doing OK. I wouldn’t say great,” said Hauck, who added he would get a better feeling for Sherry’s status after watching the practice tape. “… I would assume that after what I saw today he could at least be backup on Saturday.”

Sherry was injured late in last week’s 32-7 loss at Boise State. He took a hard hit immediately after throwing a ball that was intercepted and stayed on the ground after the play. He had to be helped off the field by two trainers and had a hard time sitting on the bench.

The injury looked like it was to his back, although Hauck made that undisclosed on this week’s injury report, which lists Sherry as questionable. At practice Sherry was able to move around in the pocket and make some plays, but there’s a big difference between doing that in half pads and doing it at full speed in a game. Hauck said he wants to see Sherry be able to run, throw and take a hit before he’s comfortable playing him.

“None of those (three) things are where he’s at right now,” Hauck said. “He’s moving around, as far as the running part goes, pretty well. But as far as throwing it, I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”

Former starter Caleb Herring, who now plays wide receiver, and senior Sean Reilly have both been taking reps at quarterback this week. If Sherry can’t go then Herring will start, but if Sherry needs to be relieved during the game the task may fall to Reilly, who came in for UNLV’s final series against the Broncos.

The Rebels (1-7, 1-2) play at San Diego State (5-3, 3-1) on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which is currently only available to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. just keep him out til next season. Dont need him getting busted up in a worthless season.

  2. Got to keep Sherry out. He may want to play but that could hurt him worse. KEEP HIM OUT IF NOT 110%. got young team. lot accomplished so far.Don't ruin it.

  3. Not knowing the extent of Sherry's injury, it is a hard call to make from the armchair, but watching him being taken off the field last game, his injury looked severe. If there is a chance Sherry's injury (or any players injury) is subject to greater damage due to re-injury, before enough time has passed for recovery, then Sherry should be held out. Sherry has been a big reason for the teams obvious improvement this year (although painfully not in the win loss column), and he seems integral to this teams future, and whatever you think about Hauk, I think he has shown he is willing to let players mend before letting them play, and also by letting players mature by redshirting his incoming freshman classes. I hope and think he will keep Sherry out if Sherry looks at obvious risk of being re-injured during this game. Anyway, Go Rebels! peace out.

  4. Don't ruin Sherry's future Bobby keep him on the side line

  5. if sherry is out this game it is going to get out of hand. he is the only bright spot i have seen on this team. Hauck has showed improvement as far as quality on the team except the sorry d backs and the lack of play calling but that HAS to translate to wins. 3 out of the last 5 is a min with the easy schedule