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Notebook: UNLV hands out team awards; bowl opponent UNT happy with ticket sales

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UNLV wide receiver Devante Davis runs to the end zone during their Mountain West Conference game against San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNLV won 45-19.

North Texas is happy with the early response it’s seeing from fans who are buying tickets for the team’s New Year’s Day showdown with the UNLV football team in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Just like UNLV, the Mean Green are offering discounted student tickets, and the response has been good.

“We had some students camped out,” UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “It was a really neat thing to watch.”

Villarreal said that near the end of the first week the university had sold more than 1,200 student tickets. The Mean Green are selling their regular tickets for $75 and student tickets for $25, with boosters already donating nearly $40,000 toward offsetting the student discount.

UNLV is doing something similar with its tickets also going for $75 and student tickets discounted to $20. UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said last Wednesday the department had brought in around $22,000 in ticket money, including some donors contributing extra for the student discount.

Kunzer-Murphy was in Phoenix last weekend for Mountain West meetings and expects to have some updated UNLV ticket numbers available on Monday.

No matter how well they do, the Rebels are almost guaranteed to come up short of what UNT is able to sell. The Mean Green campus is about a 45-minute drive away from Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Rebels hand out team awards

Quarterback Caleb Herring and receiver Devante Davis shared the team’s co-Offensive Player of the Year award, and several other players were also honored at a season-ending team gathering at the South Point. It was the program’s first team banquet since 2009.

Herring completed 64.3-percent of his passes for 2,522 yards and 22 touchdowns with just four interceptions. Davis caught 77 passes for 1,194 yards and a school single-season record 14 touchdowns.

On defense, senior linebacker Tani Maka and sophomore safety Peni Vea shared the Defensive Player of the Year award. And the Special Teams MVP award went to sophomore defensive back David Greene and freshman linebacker Marc Philippi, who graduated from Bishop Gorman High.

Maka led UNLV wit 6.5 tackles for a loss and was second on the team win 87 tackles. Vea had a team-best 97 tackles to go along with two interceptions.

For a full list of UNLV's team award winners, go here.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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