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Rebels picked to finish next to last in Mountain West preseason poll

Senior wide receiver Phillip Payne again part of league’s preseason team


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UNLV Football Coach Bobby Hauck is shown during the Mountain West Conference football media day at the Red Rock Resort Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

UNLV football at MWC media day

UNLV Football Coach Bobby Hauck is shown during the Mountain West Conference football media day at the Red Rock Resort Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Launch slideshow »

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.

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  1. I'd say that's about right. Haven't heard a whole lot about the football season, and looking at our schedule, it's not going to be a cake walk. I see maybe a steal from southern Utah, and perhaps Wyoming. I think Hauck is going to have his hands full again this season (last season they kept reiterating they had one of the most difficult schedules in the nation). I'll take TCU over Boise St this season too.

  2. So frustrating... I know it takes time, but I thought we would be further along than this. Tough schedule I suppose. Anyone have Hambrick's or Sandford's email address?

  3. I wouldn't put too much stock in pre-season polls in the MWC. This conference is much too evenly talented to allow for accurate predictions.

    The key this season for UNLV is to build on the development of fundamentals and player discipline from last season. Until the creation of the Roski on-campus stadium, UNLV's talent will always lag behind the bulk of the conference, so the key is to extract as much from that talent. I feel Coach Hauck is the person best suited for that challenge.

    I, for one, cannot wait until September 1st to see the 2011 Rebels!

  4. Anyone else not surprised. Love the Rebels, love football but the two havent gone together in a long time. The only good thing about football season starting is that Rebel Basketball is only a few months away. This schedule really sucks, on top of not having very many winable games in it, only 5 home games? They really dont want to lose money running Sam boyd this season, way to help that athletic budget. Home games are good, minus the game against SUU. 2 "Sell-outs" guaranteed, Hawaii and Boise State.

  5. I read the headline and thought.. "Wait I thought Dave Rice seemed to have the team going in the right direction", then I clicked it and saw a picture of the football players.

    Makes sense now.

  6. Meanwhile, back on the recruiting trail with David Rice . . .

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  8. I heard from someone close to the program that Mike Sanford left it in much worse shape than was apparent from their record. In Sanford's exit speech he blamed pretty much everything except his own coaching and recruiting.

    This staff put in new schemes last year without a lot of talent to execute them. They will need some time before we can see whether they really are the answer.

  9. Bobby Hauck was hired to build the football program. You just can't do it in one or two years. He's a coach, not a magician. If our jc's pan out, could win 4 games. That would be great!

  10. @orca17, the facts seem to disagree with you. Sanford won 10-games in the 2-seasons prior to getting the axe, and had he stayed, would have been EXPECTED to go bowling in 2010 with a veteran roster full of returning players.

    FACT-Hauck came in and took a 5-win program (nothing to crow about), and turned it back into the Jeff Horton keystone cops circus we saw in the mid-late 90s.

    @baller - if it can't be done in two years, can you please explain how Hoke did it at SDSU - a team we beat in 2009?? Or perhaps you can explain how JROB did it here at UNLV in only two years - taking over a MUCH worse situation from Horton in 1998, in which he won ONE GAME in the two previous years. 1-10 & 0-11. And somehow managed to win 8-games and beat an SEC team in a bowl game...TWO YEARS later.

    Bottom line - the football program will never get any better until the fans & press start expecting better. As long as we resign ourselves to 2-win seasons and 'we need 5-years to win 6-games' BS, we will always suck.

  11. "Rebels picked to finish next to last in Mountain West preseason poll"

    I've said it from Day 1. This was the wrong choice in coach, and I think New Mexico will be better than UNLV this year. I hope I'm wrong for all of the UNLV fans - if there are any left.

  12. Let's take a look at Marrone at Syracuse. Took over a 3-9 program. "National joke" according to local article linked below, sounds familiar.

    Marrone Went 4-8 in 2009 (improved, not backwards) and then 8-5 with bowl victory over solid KState team last year. Two years. National joke to bowl game. How did that happen?


    Not that is must happen that quickly. But it certainly is possible, with the right hire.

  13. As an assistant coach and as a head coach, Bobby Hauck demonstrated an ability to find and recruit exceptional football players. Young men enjoy playing football for Bobby Hauck -- if they produce! And, he is very capable of motivating them to produce.

    As he finds those players for UNLV, the Rebel fans will come to enjoy the team's success.

  14. Gang: Love the feedback on UNLV football. Remember, several freshmen saw significant snaps last year. In a few years, they will be seasoned veterans. The only choice is to be patient.

  15. For starters, SU football has done a hell of a job turning there program around. The problem doing it here is that no one wants to give the coach the 4-5 years that it will take to do so. Also is the very key fact that they are playing teams right now, that they have no business playing, when you only beat 2 schools last year it is time to look over who you are playing and take it down a notch to get some wins under the belt, then go play some big schools.. Maybe I am wrong?!?