The Battle for the Fremont Cannon and four other UNLV football games will be shown on national TV this season, though all the times and channels haven’t been announced.
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Dalton Sneed has held his own in the UNLV quarterback competition through the first half of the spring practice schedule, but the redshirt freshman infuriated offensive coordinator Barney Cotton on Friday morning when he called an ill-advised audible during a scrimmage at Rebel Park.
Thirteen former college football players performed for only two scouts — one from the San Diego Chargers and one from the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League — to watch them work out at UNLV’s Pro Day.
Three years after running a 4.38-second 40-yard dash on UNLV’s Pro Day, former Rebels running back Bradley Randle will be back on campus Thursday trying to repeat that feat and catch the eye of an NFL scout.
Heading into spring football practice, UNLV coach Tony Sanchez said he hoped that either junior college transfer Johnny Stanton, returnee Kurt Palandech or redshirt freshman Dalton Sneed would emerge as the clear-cut winner of the quarterback competition.
College coaches are more likely to describe the increasingly popular 7-on-7 events as football’s version of the travel basketball circuit. A competitive, yet unregulated, environment that mostly serves to quench fans’ thirst for offseason recruiting news.
Despite being undersized last season, when the Rebels started three offensive linemen in their finale under 270 pounds, UNLV finished 36th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing offense, with 193.7 yards per game, and averaged 4.65 yards per rush.
Each of the Rebels’ 14 spring practices are scheduled for 8:10 a.m., with the April 9th spring game slated for noon.
When Tony Samuel took the head coaching job at New Mexico State in 1997, a 22-year-old student assistant named Tony Sanchez helped him make a smooth transition. Now, almost 20 years later, Sanchez is helping Samuel transition to his job as defensive line coach at UNLV.
During UNLV’s first spring practice in full pads Saturday morning, a crowd of about 60 fans huddled near the north end zone on one of the two fields at Rebel Park to watch the team’s hard-hitting, four-on-three Rebel drill.
Brian Keyes sprained his ankle Monday during UNLV’s first day of spring football practice and was in a walking boot Tuesday. But the big middle linebacker returned to practice Wednesday and was a standout on defense in Friday’s practice at Rebel Park.
If the UNLV football team had a toughest man competition, Marc Philippi, a senior fullback/H-back from Bishop Gorman High School, would be one of the front-runners.
UNLV has had only two spring football practices, but one area is clearly not up to the standards of second-year coach Tony Sanchez. That would be the music playlist that can be heard at Rebel Park.
Technically, Kurt Palandech is UNLV’s incumbent starting quarterback. But unless the junior can improve his passing technique, he’ll probably be passed over for the starting job before the Rebels’ Sept. 1 season opener.
The music blaring at Rebel Park at 8:10 a.m. Monday morning was hip-hop, but it kicked off a symphony of fast-paced drills featuring 90 players on the first day of spring football practice at UNLV.
Year 2 of the Tony Sanchez era at UNLV starts in earnest Monday morning with the first of 15 spring football practices at Rebel Park.
Desert Pines High School quarterback Marckell Grayson is the first player to commit to UNLV’s 2017 recruiting class.
The pilot program is a partnership between Findlay Toyota and the leadership firm Xs & Os of Success, one that has identified 50 freshmen at Palo Verde High that focuses on growing students socially while developing leadership skills.
The UNLV-UNR football game is back on Thanksgiving weekend, as the Mountain West obliged in releasing the conference portion of the schedule.
Illinois linebacker LaKeith Walls is transferring to UNLV. As a fifth-year senior, Walls is eligible to play for the Rebels in the 2016 season.
On Tuesday, UNLV lost defensive line coach Joe Seumalo, who helped the Rebels make the second-biggest improvement in run defense in the FBS last season. On Friday, according to multiple reports, UNLV replaced Seumalo with Tony Samuel, who oversaw the nation's most-improved run defense last year at Georgia State.
UNLV defensive line coach Joe Seumalo is leaving the Rebels after one season to take the same position at Arizona State, according to multiple reports.
When UNLV played at Michigan's storied Big House last season, it was a priceless experience for the Rebels players, who will have a tale to tell for the rest of their lives despite the 28-7 defeat.