Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | 10:48 a.m.
The UNLV football team was picked to finish seventh in the eight team Mountain West Conference by media members in the annual preseason poll, which was released Tuesday during media day at Red Rock Resort.
Senior receiver Phillip Payne was the Rebels’ lone selection to the preseason All-Mountain West team, being selected for the second straight season. Payne recorded 29 catches for 436 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010 despite missing two games for a suspension.
For his career, Payne has 127 catches for 1,786 yards and 19 touchdowns. Payne is five touchdowns away for tying the school’s all-time touchdown receiving mark of 24 by Henry Bailey.
In a poll of 31 media members, the Rebels received 77 points — one point per spot in the poll for each vote.
League newcomer Boise State was picked to finish first, receiving 28 of 31 first-place votes for 236 points. TCU, last year’s league champ, is in second place with three first-place votes and 208 points.
Air Force was picked third, followed by San Diego State, Colorado State and Wyoming. New Mexico with 39 points was last.
The Rebels open the season Sept. 1 at Wisconsin.
Situated at the entrance to Red Rock Canyon and minutes from the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa offers five-star luxury in a modern property, built in 2006.
The casino features features 3,000 slot and video poker machines, 60 table games including blackjack, baccarat, craps, poker, roulette, a 206-seat Race and Sports Book with a 96-foot video wall a 20-table smoke-free poker room open 24 hours a day, a 600-seat bingo hall with separate smoking and non-smoking sections, open 7 days a week with sessions running every other hour from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a 20-seat keno lounge and a private high-limit room.
A recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award since opening and named one of the world's best new hotels by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Red Rock redefines casino resort architecture by incorporating natural light, a convenient layout and the comforts of a modern lifestyle.
The centerpiece of the property is the three-acre pool complex with 19 cabanas and swim-up gaming. Its location allows for balcony views from several of the property's restaurants and Cherry Nightclub. Aside from Cherry, guests can grab a drink at Onyx or Lucky or listen to live music in Rocks Lounge.
Dining spans the globe at Red Rock with more than 10 restaurants, including the Italian food of Terra Rossa, the Japanese fusion of Hachi, the Mexican spices at Cabo Cantina or a bit of everything at the Feast Buffet.
Unlike some resorts in town, Red Rock has activities for the whole family, such as a 16-screen movie theater and an arcade. The 72-lane bowling center features a VIP area and carpet that glows in the dark for after hours at Cosmic Bowling.