Mike Thomas, one of the greatest running backs in UNLV history whose career rushing record stood for almost four decades, died Friday in Houston after a long illness.
UNLV opens its season against Southern Utah on Saturday. Openers are often sloppy, but 17 of the Rebels’ projected starters are juniors and seniors.
UNLV football is ready to open up its 49th and final season at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday against Southern Utah.
UNLV’s football program will take a major step when the Fertitta Football Complex and Allegiant Stadium open within the next year. But the Rebels know they must continue to invest.
UNLV has sold its most season tickets since 2010. Fans are taking advantage of a new program that guarantees comparable prices and seats at Allegiant Stadium next year.
UNLV will play its first season in Allegiant Stadium next year, and those who buy season-ticket packages for this year receive a break on the prices.
UNLV freshman defensive end Jacoby Windmon will start the Aug. 31 season opener against Southern Utah at Sam Boyd Stadium. An eligibility issue has sidelined senior Gabe McCoy for that game.
UNLV senior Justin Polu has started all 36 games the past three seasons at right guard. He was the only Rebel selected to the preseason All-Mountain West team.
The NCAA approved the appeal by the Rebels sophomore to play this season. The former Bishop Gorman High School star transferred from California after last season.
The linebacker couldn’t practice until his final grades posted and he was cleared by UNLV’s admissions office and went through an NCAA-mandated five-day acclimation period.