Kendal Keys Injury A Concern At UNLV Training Camp
UNLV Rebels football head coach Tony Sanchez holds Kendal Keys out of the second week of training camp with injury concerns.
The UNLV Rebels need wide receiver Kendal Keys on the field if they’re to improve upon last year’s 4-8 record.
Take a deep breath UNLV football fans. Kendal Keys is hurt.
But it’s not that bad, if you believe head coach Tony Sanchez. The injury occurred last week, and Sanchez had the junior wide receiver sit out Monday’s practice. He expects him to be off the field most of the week.
“He came down a little gingerly on one of his legs the other day at the scrimmage,” Sanchez said. “He’s got a little bit of a sprain, so we don’t need him being injured going into Week 1. Right now, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. Hopefully, it’s not, so just precautionary.”
With another player, it may be easier to take Sanchez’s comments at face value. But Keys entered last season with a load of expectations, only to have his 2016 campaign cut short in training camp courtesy of a knee injury.
That was no small loss last season, and this season it would be even more devastating to the UNLV offense if Keys isn’t on the field. The Rebels receiving corps, led by Devonte Boyd is on the short list of top units in the Mountain West Conference.
Some are talking bowl eligibility for the Rebs in 2017. It would be hard to see that path if the team is without Keys, particularly with redshirt freshman Armani Rogers earning the starting spot at quarterback.
In his last full season with the Rebels, as a sophomore, Keys racked up 43 catches for 515 yards and six touchdowns.
UNLV opens the 2017 season September 2nd in Las Vegas against Howard.