Dark clouds hung over many previous Mountain West football media days, but the mood is quite different this week.
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UNLV’s football team recently picked up a commitment from running back Altee Tenpenny, who is transferring from Alabama. The Rebels have had several notable transfers over the years.
UNLV picked up the commitment of Long Beach (Calif.) City College Jason Fao, who will play for the Rebels this season. He originally signed with Texas-El Paso.
Former UNLV offensive lineman Brett Boyko was drafted in the second round of the CFL Draft by the British Columbia Lions on Tuesday. His former teammate, running back Shaquille Murray-Lawrence, was taken in the third round, also by the Lions.
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote a congratulatory letter to former UNLV star running back Joe Haro.
Running back Altee Tenpenny announced on Instagram he will transfer from Alabama to UNLV. He will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules, but Tenpenny was one of the nation’s top recruits in 2013.
Defensive backs Mike Horsey (Packers) and Tajh Hasson (Ravens) and defensive lineman Jordan Sparkman (Jaguars) will receive NFL minicamp tryouts.
Former UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck agreed to work one day into December before stepping aside, records show. But Hauck appears to want to be paid for the entire month and told a football website “it looks like it’s going to the lawyers.”
UNLV wide receiver Devante Davis and offensive lineman Brett Boyko weren’t selected in the NFL Draft, then signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. Also, cornerback Kenneth Penny signed with the Cleveland Browns and defensive end Josh Shirley with the Oakland Raiders.
Former UNLV and Bengals star running back Ickey Woods announced Cincinnati’s second-round pick at Friday’s NFL Draft … and broke out the “Ickey Shuffle.”
Quarterback Randall Cunningham is widely considered the greatest UNLV football player of all time. Now he can also be considered the school’s greatest NFL draftee ever.
UNLV will wear three different types of uniforms next season — in red, white and black. The name “Las Vegas” also is a prominent part of the new look.
CBS Sports Network will televise UNLV’s home football games against UCLA and San Diego State. One of the ESPN networks will pick up the Rebels’ home game against Boise State.
Former UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck is considering legal action regarding his compensation package after announcing his resignation in November. He told an online site he wasn’t paid the full amount.
Tony Sanchez delivers a lot of messages. He’s a courier with a whistle, a columnist’s dream for notebook material, a guy who talks about eating elephants one bite at a time and walking into an alley to rumble.
First-year UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez released his post-spring depth chart Monday. He expects it to change considerably by the time the Rebels kick off the season Sept. 5 at Northern Illinois.
UNLV concluded spring football drills Saturday under first-year coach Tony Sanchez with a showcase scrimmage at the school’s soccer complex.
Blake Decker all but locked up UNLV’s starting quarterback job in Saturday’s spring game, completing 5 of 5 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Devonte Boyd caught four passes for 132 yards and three touchdowns.
UNLV finishes spring football practices with the spring game at noon Saturday at Johann Memorial Field. Returning starting quarterback Blake Decker, who is competing with two other players at the position, will take most of the first-team snaps.
Becoming mediocre would do more than represent improvement for the UNLV defense. It would be nearly miraculous for a side of the football that has been a liability for many years. The Rebels have allowed more than 30 points and 400 yards per game every season since 2008.
UNLV sophomore wide receiver Devonte Boyd is prepared to be the leader at his position and one of the team leaders as well. He was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and a freshman All-American last season, when he caught 65 passes for 980 yards.
Keith Belton has followed a “whisper” from an internship at Wake Forest through stops at Baylor, Washington and Southern California to UNLV. His success working with players in the training room will go a long way to determining the success of the Rebels program.
UNLV junior cornerback Torry McTyer has made several big plays during the spring football session at Rebel Park. He was one of previous coach Bobby Hauck’s most touted recruits.