Winds of up to 40 mph could’ve played havoc with UNLV’s first spring football practice this afternoon, but coach Mike Sanford was encouraged by how little effect the weather had.
"I thought that we dealt with the elements well," he said. "That’s one of the things I told (the players) at the end of practice. It was very windy out here … and I thought we just practiced. I told them, ‘We’re going to have to play in a lot of different environments. We’re going to have to play in Laramie (Wyo.). We’re going to have to play in Colorado Springs (Colo.).’"
Quarterback Omar Clayton will be held out of contact drills as he continues to rehabilitate his injured right knee, but was encouraged by what he accomplished today.
"The knee is great," Clayton said.
There were few surprises in the initial depth chart released by UNLV.
Some first-teamers, though, were notable — redshirt freshman Sean Tesoro at offensive left guard, sophomore Matt Kravetz at defensive end and sophomore Chris Jones at strong safety. Four players are vying for the starting spot at tight end.
Sanford cautioned this was a prelimary depth chart.
GETTING ALL THE INK
When defensive tackle Malo Taumua blocked the field goal in overtime to give UNLV a 23-20 victory at Arizona State last September, he had a bruise to remember the play for a few days. Now his last name in tattooed in that spot.