UNLV Finishes Up First Week Of Fall Camp Update
The Rebels are hoping to remain healthy this year.
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What has been happening at Rebels camp?
With the 2017 season right around the corner, many teams have begun their prep work with the start of fall camps. UNLV is certainly one of those squads, and as they get ready to enter year three under head coach Tony Sanchez, the Rebels are looking to make a major step in the rebuild process and finally make a bowl game.
Having only won seven games over his first two seasons as head coach, there hasn’t been much progress on the field, but behind the scenes, coach Sanchez and staff have worked hard to create a winning culture. And with that comes certain expectations, something Sanchez can attest to.
With expectations slightly raised going into the season, there is a little more of an urgency to get off on the right foot, something the defense has done thus far in the early days of camp. It hasn’t been all bad news for the offense early on though. With a new season comes the return of healthy players, and for the Rebels that means a regrouped wide receiving corp.
Touted as one of the team’s strengths going into last season, the unit was quickly depleted by injuries, forcing the team to become one dimensional. Luckily for UNLV, the running game was just as good. But now, with a full cabinet at receiver and a running game to match, the Rebels are hoping that the two together will make a formidable unit and nice complement to a blooming defense.
“To be honest with you, part of me was naïve in coming in a couple years ago just thinking you’re going to wave a magic wand,” Sanchez said via the Las Vegas Sun. “It takes a lot of years of doing the right thing, recruiting the right way, lifting weights, just getting that whole thing right. And now you’re starting to see a bunch of guys that a couple years ago were young and a little wet behind the ears are a big physical group now.”
– On the first day of camp, the Rebels had a special guest as rapper Flavor Flav roamed the sidelines watching his godson, freshman running back Rashad Walker, participate in drills.
– Day 3 and 4 were the team’s first two days in pads, and while the defense owned most of the scrimmages, the offense did come together to make some plays here and there.
– On Sunday, day 5, the team took practice to Sam Boyd stadium. They practiced in full pads and that included pre-season all-Mountain West wide receiver Devonte Boyd who broke his arm last year.
– Finally, defensive end Jameer Outsey, the final signee of the 2017 recruiting class arrived on campus.