Players to watch when UNLV plays Idaho State Saturday

Five players to watch when UNLV’s football team plays Idaho State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium:

1. UNLV’s running backs: It’s not just one back, but the combination of Keith Whitely, Lexington Thomas and Xzaviar Campbell will be important to establishing a run game still trying to find its way.

2. Xavier Finney, RB, Idaho State: Like UNLV, the Bengals are trying to get their ground game in gear. Finney rushed for 1,495 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, but he has only 186 yards and a TD this year.

3. Peni Vea, S, UNLV: He is strong against the run and the pass, and the Rebels need him to defend both in what probably will be a balanced Idaho State attack.

4. Tyler Kuder, DE, Idaho State: He leads the Bengals with 5½ tackles for loss, putting the onus on right tackle J’Ondray Sanders and tight end Jake Phillips to keep him out of the UNLV backfield.

5. Devonte Boyd, WR, UNLV: The Rebels need to be aggressive and stretch the field, and Boyd is just the man to do it. He averages 20.6 yards per catch.

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

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