5 players to watch during Saturday’s UNLV-San Diego State game

Five players to watch when UNLV’s football team plays San Diego State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium:

1. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State: The Canyon Springs High School graduate has rushed for 1,171 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He has broken 100 yards in the past six games, and is one of four players nationally to lead his team in rushing and receiving. Pumphrey has 24 receptions for 325 yards and two TDs.

2. Kurt Palandech, QB, UNLV: He is expected to start because Blake Decker is doubtful with ankle and hip injuries. Palandech has struggled for much of the season, but on Saturday at Colorado State, he threw for 154 yards and a touchdown in a little more than two quarters. Palandech also rushed for a touchdown and had a scoring pass dropped.

3. Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State: He has made 67 tackles, including 11 for loss and seven sacks. Munson also has intercepted two passes and recovered two fumbles.

4. Sonny Sanitoa, DE, UNLV: The Rebels need to keep Pumphrey from getting to the outside, and part of that responsibility will lie with Sanitoa. He has 34 tackles, including 2½ for loss.

5. Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State: He is tied for third nationally with six interceptions, which is the most by at the school since Larry Parker had seven in 2011. Kazee also has broken up six passes.

Contact Mark Anderson at or 702-387-2914. Follow him on Twitter: @markanderson65

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