Pointer: "I thought my season was over"

ELY – It's not very difficult to spot UNLV's top cornerback during fall camp here. That's because sophomore Quinton Pointer, a preseason third team all-Mountain West Conference pick by Athlon Magazine, is the only player on the sidelines with his arm in a cast and a sling.

Pointer dislocated his left elbow during the team's third practice on Aug. 6th and left the field in an ambulance. He talked with RebelNation.net about the injury and his timetable for returning.

"When it first happened, I looked at my arm (and) I thought it was broken," Pointer said. "The first thing that came to my mind was that I thought my season was over. So I was all down about that."

Pointer suffered the injury after colliding with a teammate during a passing drill. He landed awkwardly on his left arm while trying to break his fall, dislocating the elbow in the process.

X-rays revealed no fractures. Pointer will have the elbow in a cast for about two weeks.

"After that we have to wait and see," UNLV coach Mike Sanford said. "It's a matter of pain and stability in the elbow and all that. It's a matter of how fast he can go."

Pointer will wear a special brace on the elbow when he does return to help stabilize it.

"I'm feeling much better now than I did the first couple of days," Pointer said after Monday morning's practice at Broadbent Park here. "I'm moving my elbow a little bit more and the pain is going down a little bit. It's getting better every day."

Perhaps more painful is having to be a bystander at practice.

"Man, it hurts real, real bad," Pointer said. "I just try and stay involved and help other people and help coach them up a little bit. But it hurts bad to be on the sideline and having to watch."

Pointer says his goal is to be back on the field for UNLV's season-opener against Utah State on Aug. 30.

"As soon as this cast comes off in about nine more days I'm going to rehab as fast as I can," Pointer said. "They gave me four weeks which would be close to the first game. I'm trying to get back for Utah State."

"It's going to be close," Sanford said.

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: UNLV scored a league-worst 15 touchdowns in 37 trips to the red zone in 2007. So Sanford has to be happy from what he has seen the first week in camp when it comes to his team's live red zone drills.

Simply put, the offense is embarrassing the defense. The first team offense was two-for-two against the second team defense on Monday morning on series that began at the 23-yard line. The second team offense also had its way with the first team defense on two possessions.

It should be pointed out no tackling was allowed but it wouldn't have mattered. Most of the time receivers were wide open and trotted into the end zone.

There was one exception, however. Freshman Philip Payne from Western High once again skied high to grab a Mike Clausen fade pass in the left corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. It marked the fourth time in Ely that Payne had made that play in drills including at least twice with corners draped all over him.

Payne caught another trio of fades in night practice but finally had one knocked away. "There are certain guys who have a knack for timing and body position and just making plays," Sanford said of Payne. "And he has that knack."

BLACK JERSEYS: Offensive tackle Matt Murphy and defensive tackle Malo Taumua wore the coveted black jerseys in practice on Monday as a reward for their stellar play in Sunday's practice.

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