Quarterbacks continue battle for position

ELY — UNLV sophomore quarterback Caleb Herring threw three touchdown passes during a red-zone drill in today’s afternoon football practice.

He completed touchdown throws of 13 and 8 yards to senior wide receiver Michael Johnson and 15 yards to sophomore wide receiver Marcus Sullivan.

Herring’s competitor for the starting job, junior Sean Reilly, threw a pair of 12-yard touchdown passes — to junior wide receiver Trey Mays and to senior tight end Anthony Vidal.

Herring and Reilly will continue their position battle at least through Saturday when the Rebels scrimmage for the first time.

DEFENSE ALSO MAKES PLAYS

Freshman cornerback Fred Wilson intercepted a pass, and sophomore defensive end Ian Bobak and sophomore defensive tackle Nate Holloway each had a sack.

it was Bobak’s third sack of the day because he had two in the morning practice.

"The game’s really starting to slow down for me," Bobak said. "I’m really starting to get my rhythm again.

"The mental presence is just there. It’s really starting to click for me."

He also said gaining 15 pounds to get up to 245 pounds on his 6-foot-3-inch frame has made a noticeable difference. Bobak also is stronger, increasing his bench press by about 20 pounds to 355 and his squat about 50 pounds to around 450.

Bobak is working with the second team, but said he also could be brought in as a rush end.

"I’m Polish, not a Russian," Bobak deadpanned.

GETTING A CHANCE

Sophomore running back Bradley Randle got some work with the first-team offense, and he made the most of his opportunities. Randle had a 52-yard run, and twice he drove defenders back on runs.

Randle is one of five backs competing for spots in the three-man rotation.

"They’re all going to roll through with the first group," coach Bobby Hauck said.

BACK AND FORTH

Junior guard Jason Heath, who is dealing with an injured neck, was back in a blue noncontact jersey in the afternoon session. He was in full uniform in the morning.

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