Clausen carted off field with ankle injury

ELY — UNLV junior quarterback Mike Clausen went down late in today’s football practice with an apparent left ankle injury.

Coach Bobby Hauck said he didn’t know the severity of the injury.

Clausen was stepped on during a full-team drill, and after being examined for about 15 minutes was carted off the field.


Even before Clausen was injured, senior Omar Clayton took the majority of snaps, but Hauck said that simply was the plan for this practice and no indication of who will start the Sept. 4 season opener against Wisconsin at Sam Boyd Stadium. Clayton, Clausen and redshirt freshman Caleb Herring are competing for the spot.

“When Coach makes a decision, I think everybody will know,” Clayton said. “The biggest thing everybody needs to do, the whole team as well as myself, is come out, learn and get better every day. We can’t take steps back.”


While senior Channing Trotter and redshirt freshman Bradley Randle split first-team reps at tailback, junior C.J. Cox stood on the sideline and watched.

Hauck said Cox, listed No. 1 on the depth chart following spring practice, was held out to give him rest from the rigors of camp.

Coaches did the same at quarterback. Until Clausen’s injury, Herring didn’t leave the sideline.


Sophomore wide receiver Mark Barefield re-injured his left knee, and sat out for about the final half of practice.

Barefield, who was penciled in as a starter, has practiced little this camp because of the injury.

“I know Mark’s fighting to go back,” Hauck said. “He wasn’t able to finish it (Friday), but I expect him to go (today). For each individual that’s missing time, that’s got potential to cost them opportunity to play in games.”


— Senior linebacker Ronnie Paulo returned an interception for a touchdown.

— Senior cornerback Quinton Pointer broke up a pass to junior wide receiver Michael Johnson.

— Clayton used a terrific pass fake to run for 15 yards.

— Freshman cornerback Eric Tuiloma put a big hit on freshman wide receiver Irshad Stolden, who held on to the ball.

— Trotter knocked Paulo’s helmet off on a run up the middle.

— Freshman wide receiver Kurt Davis made a nice catch over freshman cornerback Kenneth Penny.

— Junior cornerback Will Chandler broke up a pass to junior wide receiver Phillip Payne, and soon after made an interception.

— Freshman defensive end Ian Bobak batted a pass from Clausen, and then teamed with junior end Jameel Medlock to sack Clausen.

— Randle broke to the outside and scored from 10 yards from around the left end.

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