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Aaron Criswell boosts energy among UNLV’s vaunted receiving corps

L.E. Baskow

UNLV wide receiver Aaron Criswell eyes a pass during a scrimmage at Nellis AFB on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Aaron Criswell boosts energy among UNLV’s vaunted receiving corps
Former junior college transfer is refreshed and motivated following redshirt season
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 (2 a.m.)
A menagerie of UNLV football players’ voices boomed over the blaring music and out of Rebel Park at practice Thursday morning. The source of some of the yells espousing encouragement was undoubtedly Aaron Criswell ...

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UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez spends the day on the season-ticket campaign trail, visiting radio and television stations, speaking at a Rotary Club meeting and attending a surprise rally at the student union in hopes of getting more fans to Sam Boyd Stadium this fall.
UNLV coach Sanchez: ‘We have the best city in America to sell’
The Rebels’ first-year football boss spends days traveling throughout Las Vegas with hopes of drumming up interest for program
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez popped out of a limousine at Lotus Broadcasting Monday morning minutes before a guest radio appearance. The hosts couldn’t help notice his method of travel. “It’s Vegas, you have to do it Vegas style,” he joked on ...

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Freshmen Xzaviar Campbell (35), Dalton Sneed (18) and Darren Woods Jr. pose during UNLV Football media day at Sam Boyd Stadium Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.
Bern’s-Eye View: Will UNLV be able to surpass two-win mark?
Rebels Football:
Saturday, August 22, 2015
What will be the Rebels’ record in 2015? It’s a seemingly simple question and it comes with a handy guide in the form of UNLV’s over/under win total of 2.5. Two or fewer victories would ...

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UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy answers questions from local TV crews at a media luncheon on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 at Ferraro's Italian Restaurant.
Small gains theme of Kunzer-Murphy’s state of the Rebels address
UNLV Athletics: Academic success, improved budget and uptick in football ticket sales also have AD feeling positive heading into 2015-16
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
UNLV Athletics finished the most recent annual budget with a surplus for the first time in years and the ongoing plans for an on-campus football practice facility remains the department’s top priority, according to Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.

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UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez has some words of encouragement and advice for his team following a scrimmage at Nellis AFB on Saturday, August 15, 2015.
UNLV football gets lesson on discipline during scrimmage at Nellis Air Force Base
Saturday, August 15, 2015
The Rebels took over an all-purpose field at Nellis Air Force Base and ran through about 60 plays in front of a handful of fans. In recent years at this time the Rebels would have been up in Ely, where temperatures would have felt 20-30 degrees lower ...

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UNLV players, including Tuli Fakauho, center, (68) arrive for a team photo during UNLV Football media day at Sam Boyd Stadium Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.
UNLV lineman will go from non-qualifier to college graduate
Ray Brewer: Liberty High product Fakauho should be part of Rebels' defensive line rotation for senior season
Friday, August 14, 2015
When Tuli Fakauho returns to Liberty High School, most eyes instantly focus on the UNLV senior defensive lineman. He had the type of high school football career the players only dream of ...

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A rendering of the new Sam Boyd Stadium turf, designed by football coach Tony Sanchez and UNLV Athletics' Ashley Seda, depicts the field as it will appear for the 2015 season.
Sam Boyd Stadium turf will match UNLV’s Vegas-centric uniforms
Rebels Quick Hits:
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tony Sanchez’s rebranding campaign at UNLV will ultimately be judged on real wins and losses. Until his first season actually starts, though, Sanchez has been busy ...

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UNLV offensive lineman Ron Scoggins, left, leads some blocking around the corner during their first regular season football team practice on Friday, August 7, 2015.
Offensive line’s development will play large role in UNLV’s process
Rebels Football:
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
When UNLV coach Tony Sanchez gets home from a day at the office, his wife, Tessie, will often ask how practice went. The answer has less to do with Sanchez’s words than the hoarseness of his voice.

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UNLV's Sonny Sanitoa, center, jogs onto the field with teammates during an option play in their first regular season football team practice on Friday, August 7, 2015.
UNLV’s seniors optimistic new energy can lead to quick turnaround
Rebels Football:
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Expectations for Tony Sanchez’s first season as a Division I head coach are understandably low. But despite the obvious rebuilding project ahead of him, most people say ...

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UNLV football player Anthony Williams (6) extends for a pass over Troy Hawthorne (11) during the Spring Showcase, the last official gathering for the Rebels and coach Tony Sanchez before August on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Rebels’ first camp under new regime set to open
UNLV Quick Hits:
Thursday, August 6, 2015
For the first time in a decade, the UNLV football team will be staying in Las Vegas for its preseason camp.

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San Jose State interim head coach Kent Baer, right, embraces his girlfriend Erika Brunke after the Military Bowl  against Bowling Green at RFK Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Washington. San Jose State won 29-20.
Why former Colorado defensive coordinator Kent Baer took pay cut to coach at UNLV
Monday, August 3, 2015
While the former Bishop Gorman head coach has made tremendous gains regarding the 2016 recruiting class, perhaps his biggest success so far has been hiring defensive coordinator Kent Baer away from ...

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Boise State running back Jay Ajayi (27) cheers while head coach Bryan Harsin hoists the Mountain West Conference championship trophy after beating Fresno State on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Boise, Idaho.
College football by the odds: Betting preview of the Mountain West
Going team by team from the sports book
Thursday, July 30, 2015
A row of 12 helmets representing each member of the Mountain West decorated a ballroom at The Cosmopolitan where the conference’s media days were held earlier this week. Boise State’s blue and silver headpiece assimilated into alphabetical order behind ...

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UNR head coach Brian Polian takes issue with the refereeing during their game against UNLV Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Mackay Stadium in Reno. UNLV defeated UNR 27-22 to reclaim the Fremont Cannon.
UNR’s Polian considers Las Vegas prime area for recruiting
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Within days of becoming the UNR football coach three years ago, Brian Polian was in Las Vegas recruiting players and promoting the Wolf Pack brand. He envisioned UNR ...

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UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez attracted plenty of attention at the Mountain West media event at the Cosmopolitan, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
Sanchez holds court as everyone wonders if UNLV coach will buck recent trends
Rebels football: The Rebels' first-year coach had a lot of interest at the Mountain West's media days as he makes transition from high school to Division I
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
When you’re only the fifth person ever to do something, as UNLV coach Tony Sanchez is, it piques outside interest. When all four of the previous people in the modern era to go straight from high school to Division I coach essentially failed, it invites skepticism that the fifth will be any different. Especially at a place like UNLV, which ...

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UNLV football player Devonte Boyd (83) pulls in a touchdown pass over Charles Henry (34) during the Spring Showcase, the last official gathering for the Rebels and coach Tony Sanchez before August on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Boyd receives preseason honor; Rebels picked last in West Division
UNLV quick hits:
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
UNLV was picked to finish last in its division while sophomore receiver Devonte Boyd was the lone Rebel on the preseason All-Mountain West team, it was announced this morning at ...

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