Team reaps benefits from camp

It’s amazing that we’re just a week away from starting our second year at UNLV, and I look forward to having the chance to tell you more about our program through this column each week.

Our staff has been busy getting ready for 2011 with our preseason camp. After spending the first five days at Rebel Park, we packed up and headed to our annual off-campus training site.

Going to the mountains is a great benefit in our preparation each season. Not only do we get out of the heat of Las Vegas, it also allows us to get more work done for longer periods of time. We also come to a place where our sole focus is to get better by building a competitive football squad along with tremendous team unity.

I can tell you that, from the first snap of practice, this year’s team was more prepared to handle the rigors of camp. That means the staff got to spend less time coaching effort and attitude and more time coaching schemes and techniques.

This has been a tough camp, which it should be. We don’t want it any other way, and our staff has really enjoyed the determination and work ethic of this team. We were also pleased with the condition our players were in when they reported. It’s obvious that we had a good summer in the weight room and in offseason conditioning.

Today will mark our final off-site practice. We then will come home for a few more days of camp before classes start Monday. That’s when preparations will intensify for our opening game at 11th-ranked Wisconsin on Sept. 1. We’re excited about kicking off the season and hope you will follow your hometown team every week.

Go Rebels!

Bobby Hauck writes a weekly column on his UNLV football team each week for Rebels Report.

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