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New quarterback takes the reins as Rebels prepare for 2014 season opener

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UNLV quarterback Blake Decker throws during practice Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

New quarterback takes the reins as Rebels prepare for 2014 season opener
UNLV Football:
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 (2 a.m.)
Blake Decker might not have known he would be UNLV’s starting quarterback when he transferred into the program this offseason, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say he expected himself to be in this position entering Friday’s season opener at Arizona. “That was the hope ...

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UNLV players walking to dinner at the Bristlecone Convention Center in Ely following practice Tuesday evening.
To stay hot on the field, Rebels keep cool for training camp
Sunday, August 17, 2014
The UNLV football team is taking its yearly trip north to Ely for summer training camp. It costs a little more, but the benefits of being away from Las Vegas for 12 days are worth it ...

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Ely in the background of practice.
Longtime teammates lead defensive charge in UNLV scrimmage
Rebels football:
Saturday, August 16, 2014
They’ve played together, and played well together, for so long that it only made sense for Blake Richmond and Najee Johnson to continue playing alongside each other. “We both felt that it would be good for us to continue the high school and junior college chemistry we have together,” Johnson said at Saturday’s scrimmage at Broadbent Park. From Rodriguez High in Fairfield, Calif., to...

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UNLV quarterback Blake Decker gives a thumbs up during practice Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
Decker plays his way into starting quarterback role for Rebels
UNLV football:
Friday, August 15, 2014
Anyone who watched the Rebels’ practices in Ely wouldn’t know there was a quarterback battle going on at all. One player was taking the bulk of the first-team reps, and earlier today coach Bobby Hauck named that guy ...

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UNLV players walking to dinner at the Bristlecone Convention Center in Ely following practice Tuesday evening.
‘We all love it’: Rebels embrace a remote fall camp away from distractions
Friday, August 15, 2014
If the team were still on campus this is the type of environment they would try to create: insulated from the outside, nonfootball world. Traveling 250 miles north does that for them.

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Hey Reb leads the UNLV football team out for the first half of the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
UNLV football guaranteed $1.3 million for 2017 game at Ohio State
rebels football:
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The UNLV football team will play at Ohio State during the 2017 season, the schools announced today. The Rebels will play Sept. 23, 2017, in Columbus, earning the largest payout in program history with ...

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Washington's Josh Shirley, center, Gregory Ducre, left, and Alameda Ta'amu celebrate a sack during the first half of the Alamo Bowl college football game against Baylor, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Rebels add Washington transfer to defensive line
UNLV quick hits:
Friday, August 8, 2014
The Rebels’ defensive line got a big boost today with the addition of Washington transfer Josh Shirley.

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UNLV teammates Robert Waterman (79) and Jake Phillips (46) celebrate a touchdown in the second quarter against Western Illinois at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
As UNLV training camp commences, Robert Waterman still at center of it all
Rebels football:
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Robert Waterman has been at the center of UNLV’s offense for the past three seasons because, well, he’s the center. Since Sept. 1, 2011, Waterman has started 38 consecutive games, and in that time on the front lines he’s seen ...

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UNLV wide receivers Maika Mataele and Marcus Sullivan celebrate Mataele's touchdown reception against Utah State during their game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Utah State won the game 28-24.
Warm reception: Rebels open camp with great confidence in deep receiving corps
UNLV football:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Maika Mataele is bouncing around and nearly jumping out of his shoes on one practice field at Rebel Park. It’s a Tuesday morning, one day before UNLV holds its first official day of practice, and it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what has the senior receiver so excited ...

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UNLV takes on Utah State on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Sam Boyd Stadium. The university is working to enhance the game-day experience.
UNLV football season-ticket sales steady; officials pushing for more
unlv quick hits:
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Season-ticket sales for UNLV football are slightly ahead of last year’s figures with about one month until the Sept. 6 home opener against Northern Colorado. As of July 30, there have been 3,684 season tickets sold for the Rebels’ six-game home schedule. UNLV needs to average ...

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UNLV running back Tim Cornett gets past Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty during their game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Utah State won the game 28-24.
Rebels’ leading rusher signs free-agent deal with Houston Texans
UNLV quick hits:
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Former UNLV running back Tim Cornett will get a shot to make an NFL roster, and it’s coming in his backyard.

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A look at Sam Boyd Stadium during the 2014 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.
UNLV officials hope to replace turf at Sam Boyd Stadium
rebels quick hits:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
UNLV officials might not be done making upgrades to Sam Boyd Stadium. Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy said Tuesday they hope to replace the turf playing surface at the stadium, which hosts UNLV football games. The project is estimated at $400,000-$700,000 and would replace turf installed in 2003. In May, a new...

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UNLV junior wide receiver Devante Davis catches his third touchdown in a 31-21 victory over Central Michigan at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.
Is momentum on UNLV’s sideline?
point/counterpoint:
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Mountain West Conference Media Day was last week, and UNLV wasn't picked to win its division — but it wasn't picked to finish last, either. Here's how our reporters view the upcoming season for the Rebels, who are looking to play in consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history ...

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UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck argues for a call against Air Force in the first quarter of a game at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
Serious contender: Could this be UNLV football’s year to win the Mountain West?
ray brewer:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck was only a minute or two into his press conference Wednesday when I was certain he misspoke ...

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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.
Rebels optimistic as hectic offseason coming to a close
unlv football:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The scrum surrounding UNLV coach Bobby Hauck on Wednesday in the Cosmopolitan at the Mountain West’s media days was noticeably larger and lasted longer than in the past couple of years. Relevance gives more import to Hauck’s words, not to mention ...

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