A setback for Rocky

ELY – There was a lot of hitting going on when UNLV began the first of 11 days of two-a-day workouts here on Saturday morning. But starting quarterback Rocky Hinds watched from the sidelines during contact drills because his surgically repaired left knee was bothering him.

"We were just holding him out," UNLV coach Mike Sanford said. "He had a little tweak of his knee the other day. He's practicing but he's not involved in contact.",br>
Asked how long Hinds could be sidelined during the crucial fall camp practice period, Sanford replied, "We don't know yet. … It did (swell up) and I think there is still a little of the residule swelling. We'll see."

Hinds, who looked impressive in non-contact passing drills, said he encountered similar swelling problems with his knee following his first ACL surgery on the same knee during his senior year of high school.

"I had some swelling then, too," Hinds said. "You just have to work through it."

Hinds was one of the last Rebels off the practice field Saturday morning because he had to stay afterward to do extra calisthenics for ironically being tardy for treatment on the knee that morning.

Redshirt freshman Travis Dixon took the snaps with the first team offense on Saturday morning and had a handful of dazzling runs against the first and second teams defense. However, he struggled badly when it came to passing, missing several easy short flat throws by several feet.

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