UNLV took a big step forward in its football fundraising efforts Friday, when it received a $2 million gift, the largest in program history, from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The donor is a longtime supporter of the school and its athletics department.
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Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis met with UNLV officials Friday and toured Sam Boyd Stadium, home of the Rebels football team.
Junior Devonte Boyd has 119 catches for 1,884 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons for UNLV. He’s the leader of a receiving corps that is short on depth, with only four scholarship players in spring practice, but long on talent and confidence.
UNLV had one of the worst defenses in the country last season, but has shown signs of life during spring practice.
Thirty minutes after UNLV football practice ended Wednesday morning, offensive coordinator Barney Cotton was the only person remaining at Rebel Park.
Tony Sanchez talks fast, walks fast and his energy is off the charts. But the UNLV football coach has got nothing on Rebels strength and conditioning coach Keith Belton and his assistant, Jeff Eaton.
As if returning to practice at 8:10 a.m. Monday morning following a week off for spring break wasn’t sobering enough for the UNLV football team, it had to contend with wind gusts of up to 60 mph at Rebel Park.
When Johnny Stanton showed up for the first day of UNLV spring football practice looking like a linebacker at 6-feet-2-inches and a solid 245 pounds, the junior college transfer appeared poised to barrel over the competition for the Rebels starting quarterback job.
Desert Pines High School running back Isaiah Morris became the school’s second player to commit to UNLV’s 2017 recruiting class, joining Jaguars quarterback Marckell Grayson.
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.