UNLV football coach Mike Sanford broke down how the depth chart looks now that spring practices have ended. Players listed have the most reasonable chance to see playing time next season.
No. 1: Jr. Omar Clayton
No. 2: So. Mike Clausen
No. 3: Jr. Les Obie
No. 4: Fr. Caleb Herring
Clayton is the clear starter, but Clausen should once again see plenty of action. Herring is a top recruit and probable QB of the future who coaches would prefer to redshirt.
No. 1: So. C.J. Cox/Sr. Chris Brogdon
No. 3: Fr. Imari Thompson/Jr. Channing Trotter
No. 5: Fr. Bradley Randle
Randle could zoom all the way up to No. 1 with a strong preseason camp. The opportunity is there, and he figures to at least be a big part of the offense.
No. 1: So. Phillip Payne
No. 2: Sr. Jerriman Robinson
No. 1: Sr. Ryan Wolfe
No. 2: Possibility is Fr. Marcus Sullivan
No. 1: Sr. Rodelin Anthony
No. 2: Sr. Renan Saint Preux
No. 1: So. Michael Johnson
No. 2: Fr. Tate Knutson/Fr. Mark Barefield
UNLV should have the Mountain West Conference’s best receiving corps.
No. 1: Jr. Matt Murphy
No. 2: So. Thomas Wren/Fr. Yusef Rodgers
No. 1: Jr. Evan Marchal
No. 2 Wren/Fr. Thomas Kilgore
No. 1: Fr. Sean Tesoro
No. 2: Jr. Ramsey Feagai/Fr. Doug Zismann
No. 1: Sr. Joe Hawley
No. 2: Feagai/Zismann
No. 1: Jr. John Gianninoto
No. 2: Feagai/Fr. Andrew Mack
The starters could be among the MWC’s best, but plenty of questions remain about the backups.
No. 1: Jr. Isaako Aaitui
No. 2: Jr. Preston Brooks
No. 1:Sr. Heivaha Mafi/Jr. B.J. Bell
No. 1: Sr. Martin Tevaseu
No. 2: Jr. Lale Taiese
No. 1: Jr. Malo Taumua
No. 2: So. Matt Kravetz
After briefly claiming the No. 1 spot at one end, Brooks moved back to the other side. Bell has potential to be a major pass rusher. Taumua was the MVP of spring.
LB (weak side)
No. 1: Sr. Jason Beauchamp
No. 2: So. Nate Carter
No. 1: Jr. Ronnie Paulo
No. 2: Fr. David Blair
LB (strong side)
No. 1: Jr. Starr Fuimaono
No. 2: So. Beau Orth
Probably the deepest part of the team and one of the most talented. Should be among the MWC’s top linebacking units.
No. 1: So. Deante Purvis/Jr. Warren Zeigler
No. 3: So. Kenny Brown/Fr. Charles Childers
No. 1: Jr. Quinton Pointer/So. Will Chandler
No. 3: Jr. Mike Grant
No. 4: Sr. Ryan Tillman
No. 5: Fr. Courtney Bridget
No. 1: So. Chris Jones/Jr. Alex Di Giacomo
No. 3: Sr. Terrance Lee
No. 1: Jr. Travis Dixon/Sr. Marquel Martin
No. 1: Lee
Lee is the starting nickel back, an important spot considering how many spread teams the Rebels face. Newcomers must produce and Pointer must successfully return from shoulder surgery for the secondary to bounce back from a tough season.