UNLV’s football training camp has not produced much news, which is what a fourth-year coach would want. Coach Tony Sanchez and his staff turn their attention to USC beginning next week.
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.
JD Alexander is pushing for a backup linebacker spot at UNLV. He transferred from Arizona State largely because of his dad, Del, a former Rebels assistant football coach who also knew UNLV coach Tony Sanchez.
UNLV’s football team will have its first major scrimmage Saturday in a closed-door session at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels have several questions that need answers.
The Rebels spend 25 minutes in a morning meeting on special teams, 25 minutes of practice time, 20 minutes in an afternoon meeting and 15 minutes on an evening walk-through.
UNLV sophomore defensive tackle Kolo Uasike is expected to return to practice Friday after missing nearly a week because of weight-loss issues. Also, junior guard Justin Polu was named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year watch list.
UNLV sophomore backup quarterback Max Gilliam is showing that he could adequately replace starter Armani Rogers if needed. The backup has started at least one game at UNLV each year since 1997.
UNLV junior safety Evan Austrie has missed significant playing time the past two football seasons because of injuries. Now he’s at the top of the depth chart and plans to have a big season.