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Freshman quarterback Nick Sherry took about half the snaps at Wednesday’s practice but his availability for Saturday’s game at San Diego State is still up in the air, UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said.
“He looked like he was doing OK. I wouldn’t say great,” said Hauck, who added he would get a better feeling for Sherry’s status after watching the practice tape. “… I would assume that after what I saw today he could at least be backup on Saturday.”
Sherry was injured late in last week’s 32-7 loss at Boise State. He took a hard hit immediately after throwing a ball that was intercepted and stayed on the ground after the play. He had to be helped off the field by two trainers and had a hard time sitting on the bench.
The injury looked like it was to his back, although Hauck made that undisclosed on this week’s injury report, which lists Sherry as questionable. At practice Sherry was able to move around in the pocket and make some plays, but there’s a big difference between doing that in half pads and doing it at full speed in a game. Hauck said he wants to see Sherry be able to run, throw and take a hit before he’s comfortable playing him.
“None of those (three) things are where he’s at right now,” Hauck said. “He’s moving around, as far as the running part goes, pretty well. But as far as throwing it, I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”
Former starter Caleb Herring, who now plays wide receiver, and senior Sean Reilly have both been taking reps at quarterback this week. If Sherry can’t go then Herring will start, but if Sherry needs to be relieved during the game the task may fall to Reilly, who came in for UNLV’s final series against the Broncos.
The Rebels (1-7, 1-2) play at San Diego State (5-3, 3-1) on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which is currently only available to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers.