Anthony out with concussion
Ryan Greene talks about UNLV’s return to two a days in Ely on Monday, highlighted by some short yardage drills and a couple of impressive runs in the race for the starting tailback spot. Plus, the absence of Rodelin Anthony and a look at the position battles on special teams which will go right up until opening night.
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ELY Concussions act in funny ways.
Just ask UNLV senior receiver Rodelin Anthony.
After taking an accidental shot up top from the forearm of sophomore cornerback Kenny Brown during a skeleton drill Sunday evening at Broadbent Park, Anthony was slow to his feet.
He got back up, everything checked out to be fine, and a few minutes later, he caught four passes for 65 yards in a pair of 11 on 11, two minute offense sessions.
“I got into the ice tub and it was real calm and quiet, and I didn’t get the full effect of it until I walked into the cafeteria and all the guys were talking and plates were clattering and people were pulling chairs around and laughing,” Anthony said in retrospect. “I was trying to zone it all out, and I didn’t realize how alone I looked, I guess.”
After a couple of teammates suggested that he looked out of it and needed to be checked up on, Anthony retired to his hotel room for some rest.
On Monday morning, he was in a T shirt and a pair of shorts, with his Ely playing days now done.
“After dinner, when he was having a lot of problems with noise, it was just too much,” UNLV coach Mike Sanford said.Cheap Jerseys china “He had headaches and that’s when we tested him again and he had a concussion.”
Anthony will miss at least a week of action and is relegated to helping his fellow receivers with his words alone rather than his on field example, which had been nothing shy of shining so far this fall.
Throughout camp, Anthony has shown flashes to make the coaching staff believe that he’ll be a consistent target for junior quarterback Omar Clayton this season. He has 53 receptions over the last three seasons, but is poised for a jump as a senior.
Hence holding him out until at least after school starts on Monday.
“I still have even bigger strides to make I’m not satisfied with what I did out here at all,” Anthony humbly proclaimed. “I’ve gotta do bigger and bigger and better things, gotta take it with strides.”
Other receiver news
Both Ryan Wolfe (stomach virus) and Phillip Payne (knee bruise) were back at full speed Monday morning.
Payne showed a flash of emotion during a one on one pass catching drill, when a fade pass was floated up to him from 30 yards out into the right side of the end zone.
The 6 foot 3 sophomore went up for the ball over junior corner Warren Zeigler, only to have it broken up at its highest point. After gathering the ball up off the ground, he fired it at the front pylon in disgust.
Also, freshman Mark Barefield came up grabbing his right shoulder after a broken up pass during team drills at the end of practice. He came back during the team stretch minutes later with an ice pack wrapped around it. 1 defense made the most noise.
During three repetitions between the No. 1 units, Malo Taumua first recovered a fumble, then combined with Jason Beauchamp for a resounding stop behind the line of scrimmage.
The No. 2 units then squared off, with Imari Thompson opening it up with a touchdown run up the left side.