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


Best UNLV Offensive Player

QB Armani Rogers, Soph.
No pressure or anything, but the program rests on your shoulders, Armani. The 6-5, 225-pounder was a terrific get out of Los Angeles, with the size, mobility, and tools to be everything for the attack. He had a redshirt year to get ready, and then he came out running for 780 yards and eight scores, to go along with his six touchdown passes and five picks.

He might not be Tom Brady quite yet, but as long as his accuracy picks up, everything else will come around. He failed to connect on half of his passes four of his last six games, and only threw one touchdown pass from early October on. Get ready for the light to go on.

2. RB Lexington Thomas, Sr.
3. OT Nathan Jacobson, Sr.
4. WR Brandon Presley, Jr.
5. OG Justin Polu, Jr.

Best UNLV Defensive Player

LB Gabe McCoy, Sr.
He’ll be one of the team’s most interesting players, along with being the tone-setter at times. He’s only 6-2 and 215 pounds, but he’s a strong hitter, finishing second on the team with 81 stops.

This year, though, it’ll be his job to use his wheels to do a whole lot more behind the line. He has the closing speed and pop to make big things happen – he forced three fumbles – and now he has the potential to blow up into a statistical star.

2. S Dalton Baker, Sr.
3. LB Javin White, Jr.
4. CB Jericho Flowers, Jr.
5. DE Nick Dehdashtian, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

DT Kolo Uasike, Soph. 
Or SOMEONE to take over on the inside. The 6-0, 320-pounder is just the sort of bowling ball the Rebels need to sit on the nose and hold up against the run.

The big-time Arizona high school wrestler is a mauler, but he didn’t get a chance to show it off as a true freshman, making just one tackle. For a D that has next to nothing in the way of tackle experience, and even less size, it’s his job to grow into an anchor.

Key Game To The UNLV Season

Nevada, Nov. 24 
There are a whole slew of other games UNLV has to take down in the Mountain West world, and there can’t be any slips against UTEP or Arkansas State along the way. However, the losses to Nevada in the Fremont Cannon game have to stop, dropping 11 of the last 13.

Last year’s 23-16 loss was particularly painful since it cost the Rebels bowl eligibility, but the 45-10 blasting to end 2016 wasn’t fun, either.

2017 UNLV Fun Stats

– Onside Kicks: UNLV 2-of-2 – Opponents 1-of-2
– Sacks: Opponents 24 for 145 yards – UNLV 11 for 64 yards
– 4th Quarter Scoring: Opponents 100 – UNLV 55

NEXT: Final Prediction & What Will Happen


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