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Bowl Bites: Rebels get names on their jerseys for game vs. North Texas

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Las Vegas natives and UNLV linemen Ron Scoggins checks the lettering on teammate Aleks Vekic before having their team photo taken for the Heart of Dallas Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Bobby Hauck has said that the bowls are the only reward system for college football players. Well, that and a nameplate.

For the first time since 2004, the Rebels will play with their names on the back of their jerseys in Wednesday’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas. The game kicks off at 9 a.m. Las Vegas time at Cotton Bowl Stadium and will air on ESPNU.

“It’s pretty special to have your name recognized on national TV,” quarterback Caleb Herring said. “We’re excited about it, but we’re definitely more excited about the name on the front.”

When Hauck took the job four years ago, he told the players that if they made it to a bowl game, he would allow them to get their names on their jerseys for the game. The Rebels got a look at their new stitches this morning for the team photo in front of the Cotton Bowl.

It’s not expected to be a permanent change. The last time UNLV had names on the back of its jerseys was coach John Robinson’s last game on Nov. 20, 2004.

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

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