UNLV concluded spring football drills Saturday under first-year coach Tony Sanchez with a showcase scrimmage at the school’s soccer complex.
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UNLV received commitments from two high school defensive backs, Evan Austrie and Jericho Flowers, but Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo backed out of his pledge. He instead will go to Boise State or Fresno State.
Former UNLV standouts Devante Davis and Brett Boyko are dealing with injuries as they prepare for the NFL scouting combine on Feb. 17 to 23 in Indianapolis. Those invited to the combine have an excellent chance to be drafted.
UNLV’s football team is expected to play Idaho State on Sept. 26 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Idaho State would replace Brigham Young, a game that will be played in a future season.
Two wide receivers and a center committed to play football at UNLV. Two had pledged to go to other schools before switching.
Cornerback Jay’Onn Myles chose UNLV over Baylor, one of four recruits to commit to the Rebels over the weekend.
Bishop Gorman linebacker Nela Otukolo committed to play football at UNLV, choosing the Rebels over Boise State and Fresno State.
Former UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck was named the special teams coordinator at San Diego State. He coached the Rebels the past five seasons, going 15-49.
Nathan Jacobson, a guard at Snohomish (Wash.) High School, committed to play football at UNLV.
Former UNLV star wide receiver Devante Davis injured a hamstring and will not play in the Senior Bowl.
Silverado High School offensive lineman Justin Polu committed to UNLV, choosing the Rebels over Colorado State. He was part of a weekend recruiting haul for the Rebels.
Eight football recruits will visit UNLV this weekend, including four who have committed to or signed with the Rebels. Three players are locals.
UNLV wide receiver Devonte Boyd was named to the Freshman All-America Team by the Football Writers Association of America.
They have cast their disfigured net at the College Football Hall of Fame even wider, expanded their reasoning for induction even broader, devised cursory explanations for some who are now welcome to even greater lengths. Which makes the continuing exclusion of Randall Cunningham even more absurd.
Changing the UNLV football program will take time, and new head coach Tony Sanchez is quite aware of what he faces. So are his new coordinators — Barney Cotton on offense and Kent Baer on defense.
Houston-area running back Xzaviar Campbell committed to UNLV’s football team. The Rebels also signed junior college center Will Kreitler early, allowing him to go through spring practices.
Canyon Springs senior defensive lineman Melvin Johnson made an oral commitment to UNLV on Tuesday.
Silverado High announced Monday that it had hired Randall Cunningham as its head football coach. Cunningham, a former star at UNLV and in the NFL, takes over for Andy Ostolaza, who posted a 40-39 record in eight years with the Skyhawks.
Kurt Paladech, the quarterback at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., signed with UNLV. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Colorado defensive coordinator Kent Baer took the same job at UNLV under new coach Tony Sanchez. Baer also will coach linebackers. The Rebels also hired Andy LaRussa from Colorado to coach safeties and be the special teams coordinator.
Every five years when UNLV fires its football coach there is a great whoop-de-doo and la-di-da about football. It usually lasts until the UNLV basketball team plays a quality nonconference opponent. Is there a program out there UNLV ought to be imitating?
UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez announced three new hires. They are Joe Seumalo from Oregon State, Jamie Christian from Houston and J.D. Williams from Georgia State.
The University of Nevada Board of Regents approved the hiring of Tony Sanchez as UNLV head football coach on Tuesday afternoon. The vote was 11-0 to approve his four-year contract with a $500,000 annual salary.