Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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It's 10 days until the football season begins, and UNLV apparently still hasn't decided who its quarterback will be.
The Rebels scrimmaged on Saturday, and it sounds as though redshirt freshman Nick Sherry, who most observers expected to win the job as camp opened, had enough problems to give coach Bobby Hauck reason to hold off on naming a starter. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sherry completed only one of his first eight passes, with one interception. He improved as the day went on and finished 7-for-16, including a 32-yard touchdown pass.
Junior Caleb Herring, who spent most of last season as UNLV's starter, was 7-for-8 with a 33-yard touchdown pass.
Hauck had hinted that he wanted to choose a starter by now, but the Rebels will scrimmage again on Wednesday, so it sounds like the job is still open.
"We've got to let those guys go some more," Hauck told the R-J. "They're competing hard. You don't want to be too preliminary when they're both doing a nice job."
I suppose that's true, but the Gophers, with MarQueis Gray an unquestioned No. 1, can tell them how nice it is when the most important position is locked up before camp opens.
UNLV, which went 2-10 last season, will play host to the Gophers (3-9 a year ago) in the season-opener on Aug. 30. Minnesota opened as 12-point favorites in most Nevada sports books, but the Gophers are now favored by eight points.
The Rebels, by the way, are training in Ely, Nev., about 200 miles north (and 2,000 feet of elevation) of Las Vegas, in order to escape the city's 100-degree temperatures. They'll return to campus after Wednesday's scrimmage.
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