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UNLV Football's Spring Showcase was cut short by a spring storm, but not before Kurt Palandech could connect with Dalton Sneed (9) for the scrimmage's only touchdown. (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)
UNLV Football's Spring Showcase was cut short by a spring storm, but not before Kurt Palandech could connect with Dalton Sneed (9) for the scrimmage's only touchdown. (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Storm cuts UNLV Spring Practice short

By Manny Vieites
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On Saturday, the first glimpse of the 2016 UNLV football team was in full effect in their annual spring scrimmage. 2,800 spectators were in attendance at Saturdays scrimmage, 200 persons down from last years showcase.

Thirty minutes into the scrimmage rain began to pour down onto the field and players and spectators began to retreat. Hail like rain followed by severe thunder and lightning moved the scrimmage towards a 30-minute delay called by the referees.

“The officials called it,” head coach Tony Sanchez told the Las Vegas Sun.”They said alright you have to go in for 30 minutes.  If it was just raining we would have kept rolling”

Despite the short witted scrimmage there were some great takeaways for the Rebels.

The Rebels top three quarterbacks all saw the field on Saturday. The much-anticipated sighting of transfer quarterback Johnny Stanton from Nebraska seemed promising. Stanton completed three of seven passes for 54 yards.

Redshirt Freshman, Dalton Sneed (right), catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Kurt Palandech. (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Redshirt Freshman, Dalton Sneed (right), catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Kurt Palandech. (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Kurt Palandech completed half of his six attempts for 42 yards and a touchdown while redshirt freshman Dalton Sneed completed one of his two attempts for five yards.

Sanchez was impressed by all of his quarterbacks on Saturday as he told the Las Vegas Sun.

“I thought they all did good,” said Sanchez. “Johnny hit a great slant, and threw a great out route. He under threw a vertical route that he just needs to throw on time. Down on the goal line he kind of rushed one and the ball dove underneath.

“Kurt threw a nice touchdown pass on the goal line, and completed some balls down the field. They did some good things, and had a few things that they missed on. Those guys are moving along, and we definitely have two guys that can play.”

Second leading rusher for the Rebels last season, Sophomore, Lexington Thomas led all rushers with 20 yards on five carries while wide out Brandon Presley led all receivers with two catches for 59 yards

“I would definitely say that Lexington Thomas individually did some phenomenal things, and that’s expected,” Sanchez told the Las Vegas Sun. “I thought that Brandon Pressley individually did some really good things. He had a great run after the catch.”

UNLV's offense huddles under the direction of quarterback Johnny Stanton (4). (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

UNLV’s offense huddles under the direction of quarterback Johnny Stanton (4). (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Sanchez took the time to introduce some of the fall commits coming into the program for the 2016 year and more commits were in attendance at todays scrimmage as well.

“It was great having those guys here and introducing them to the crowd,” Sanchez told the Las Vegas Sun. ”And there were a lot of kids that we are recruiting in the next cycle that were here today too.”

UNLV will hold its next practice in early August and open the season by hosting Jackson State on Thursday, Sept. 1.

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