Preview 2018: UNLV Rebels. And Here Comes The Payoff

Preview 2018: UNLV Rebels. And Here Comes The Payoff

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Preview 2018: UNLV Rebels. And Here Comes The Payoff

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What You Need To Know About The UNLV Offense

– Offensive coordinator Barney Cotton has plenty of good parts to work with. Now there’s no real excuse for the Rebels to not come up with one of the Mountain West’s most consistent offenses after finishing 18th in the nation in rushing, 41st in total offense, and averaging 29 points per game.

It all starts with the face of the franchise for the next few seasons – QB Armani Rodgers. The big, mobile rising star had inconsistent, he struggled to get the passing game going in times, and he made a slew of freshman mistakes. But this is his team to run, and after a good offseason, he looks like he’s about to blow past all of the prep hype.

The receiving corps has the talent, and now it needs to be used. Devonte Boyd is gone after only catching 34 passes, but Brandon Presley is a good deep threat and sound No. 1 target. Kendal Keys is a big target with a world of experience, and the tight ends are in place to do far, far more. As Rogers progresses, the receiving corps will do its part.

The O line has been terrific over the last few seasons, and despite the loss of veteran left tackle Kyle Saxelid, it’ll be outstanding again. Justin Polu is one of the Mountain West’s best guards, and Nathan Jacobson is a nice all-round blocker on the outside. As long as Donovan Outlaw can handle the gig at left tackle – after backing up Jacobson on the right side, the line will be tight.

Rogers will be dangerous, but this is Lexington Thomas’s running game. All he did was serve as the workhorse running for 1,336 yards and 17 touchdowns, but he won’t have to do it all with the top four running backs returning.

Biggest Key To The UNLV Offense

Rogers and the passing game have to do more. It’s going to be so easy to rely on the running game again thanks to a strong line and all the weapons in the backfield, but the receiving corps is too good to ignore.

It was fine at times; just inconsistent. There were only ten touchdown passes and nine picks, hitting on enough big plays to open things, but struggling way too much with simply hitting the makeable throw. Rogers should be able to take control a whole lot more now.

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