Team Scarlet Downs Team Gray In Showcase
April 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former Northwestern transfer Adonis Smith rushed for a game-high 71 yards on just 10 carries, including a scoring rush, to help Team Scarlet post a 13-0 victory over Team Gray at the annual UNLV Spring Showcase at Rebel Park Friday evening.
With a family-friendly crowd of 2,100 enjoying beautiful April weather at the campus event, Smith was a focal point as the only scholarship running back on the field because rising senior Tim Cornett sat out as he did all spring while getting healthy. Smith, an Oakland, Calif., product that sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules, will have two years of eligibility with the Rebels.
Smith's two-yard scoring rush gave the Scarlet its first touchdown while redshirt freshman quarterback Troy Hawthorne also ran one in from six yards out. The teams went through some goal-line work at the end of the event but those scores and stats were not included in the final box.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Sherry completed 7 of 10 attempts for 59 yards and threw an interception to converted receiver Jonavaughn Williams. Tight end Jack Phillips caught three passes for 34 yards for the Scarlet while Taylor Spencer's three grabs for 35 yards paced the Gray. Defensive lineman Jordan Sparkman led the Scarlet with five total tackles while freshman Trent Langham had the same amount for the Gray. Tau Lotulelei had the game's other interception, picking off Hawthorne and returning it 13 yards for the Scarlet. Each side also recorded a pair of quarterback sacks.
"We had a great crowd and we want to thank everyone for coming out," said head coach Bobby Hauck, who is heading into his fourth season in Las Vegas. "What would be considered our first offense had some good yards today. The defense played well. They did some good things. It was physical on both sides, which is really good. We ran it fairly well. Maybe more than we anticipated since it was going well."
The Spring Showcase signaled the official end of the 15-pratice session for the Rebels. Hauck said he is looking forward to UNLV opening its 46th season of football on August 29 when it heads to Minnesota for the first time in program history.
"We got a lot of live, physical work done and coming out of that healthy for the most part is big. One of the things we just talked about as a team is that we are now on to next season's opponents. We had a great, physical session this spring so now we need to go and focus on the opponent. Overall, this was a good spring and we're proud of the progress we made."
2013 UNLV FOOTBALL SPRING SHOWCASE
SCORING SCARLET - Adonis Smith 2-yard rush (Kohorst kick) 7-0
SCARLET - Troy Hawthorne 6-yard rush (Extra point no good) 13-0
SCARLET DEFENSIVE TT Other defensive stats Jordan Sparkman 5 Siuea Vaesau 3 2 sacks (10-yard loss) Tajh Hasson 2 2 pass break-ups Tau Lotulelei 2 1 INT (13-yard Return) Tani Maka 1 David Greene 2 John Therrell 1 Tyler Gaston 1 Kenny Keys 0 1 pass break-up
SCARLET DEFENSIVE TT Other defensive stats Trent Langham 5 3 TFL (8-yard loss), extra point block Fred Wilson 3 2 sacks (10-yard loss) Justice Sarcedo 3 Iggy Prochia 2 1 TFL (3-yard loss) Eric Tuiloma-Va'a 2 Matt Lea 2 Jonavaughn Williams 1 1 INT (4-yard return) Kenneth Penny 1 1 pass break-up Marc Philippi 1 Dominic Baldwin 1 Bryson Mook 1 Jeremiah Valoaga 1