UNLV’s wide receiver position is highly competitive. But the Rebels suffered a loss in the secondary, and end/linebacker Gabe McCoy will miss the opener because of an eligibility issue.
Mark Anderson has been at the Review-Journal since January 1999. He covered UNLV football for 17 seasons before moving to the men’s basketball beat in January 2016, and was president of the Football Writers Association of America in 2016. Anderson returned to the football beat in 2017 and still covers men’s basketball. Before coming to the R-J, he covered UNR football for five seasons at the Reno Gazette-Journal and was the high school sports reporter for the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat from 1988-94. He is a native of Tallahassee and a graduate of the University of Florida.
The 37-year-old was promoted to the position last month by Rebels coach Tony Sanchez after his offensive coordinator stepped aside because of a medical issue.
Training camp opens Friday for the Rebels, who are coming off a season in which the defense allowed 37.2 points per game. UNLV hasn’t given up fewer than 30 ppg since 2007.
This is a make-or-break season for UNLV coach Tony Sanchez, who has several issues to address as training camp opens Friday at Rebel Park.
The 225-pounder had a breakout season last year, completing 64 percent of his passes for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns with six interceptions for a team that went 11-2.
The conference is considering moving the game to a neutral site, and the stadiums being built in Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area would be the most likely locations.
The Pac-12 will play its 2020 and 2021 conference championship football games at the new Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas.
The 2021 Pac-12 championship football game will be played in the new Raiders’ stadium, Stadium College Football Insider Brett McMurphy tweeted Tuesday night.
The conference’s commissioner said he expects an announcement on a new contract this fall to replace the current deals that expire July 1, 2020.
The junior has missed 10 starts in the past two seasons because of injures, and the Rebels went 1-6 in the games he missed last season with a toe injury.
The Mountain West faces many questions as a new football season is about to begin. The conference’s media days are at Green Valley Ranch Resort on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Denior Javin White is the first UNLV player since John Lotulelei in 2012 to appear on the Butkus Award watch list. The award honors to the nation’s top linebacker.