From the Strip -- Day 3
Dec. 20, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The Beavers are back on the practice field today at UNLV's Rebel Park and the team in Orange & Black appears ready to play. Practice today was in shells and the guys look sharp.
The guys went to the Terry Fator Show last night and had a great time. Kevin Frahm was called to the stage at one point for a challenge with BYU, whose team was also in attendance. After a coin flip to determine which team representative would get to participate in the show, Frahm 'lost' and returned to his seat. The player from BYU wasn't so lucky and proceeded to be dressed like Cher and used as one of Fator's puppet characters. The show was outstanding.
Following the show both head coaches went backstage to meet the new Vegas star and several players from each side stayed behind for a meet and greet as well. Sean Canfield and Gregg Peat were involved in photo shoot that will be played at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas in which Canfield taught Fator to throw a football and Peat snapped the ball to one of Fator's puppets.
Prior to the Fator Show both teams spent two hours at a Welcome Reception at ESPN Zone within New York, New York. Besides an excellent meal, both teams had a run of ESPN Zone's games for free. A lot of interaction between both rosters, as many played with or against each other in high school or junior college. A few players snuck away for their own activities; Cody Vaz and Tyler Thomas were spotted in line to ride the famous rollercoaster.
This morning before practice several players were involved in two different charity events. Lyle Moevao and Mitchel Hunt visited the Sunrise Children's Hospital along with a few players from BYU. At nearly the same time, Rashaad Reynolds, Dax Dilbeck, Zeke Sanders, John Reese and Josh LaGrone delivered shoes and gifts to underprivileged children.
The rest of today includes dinner at the Outback Buffet Bowl. The players will also receive their bowl gifts today. It should be a very enjoyable experience and one the players look forward to with great anticipation.
Outside the team, former Beaver Matt Moore, who will start for the Carolina Panthers against the Minnesota Vikings, is expected to be featured tonight on NBC's Sunday Night Football in America.