Thursday, June 2, 2016 | 2:45 p.m.
Former UNLV offensive lineman Brett Boyko has signed with the San Diego Chargers, the team announced today.
Boyko spent last season on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad and has yet to appear in the NFL. He’s expected to compete for a spot at guard or tackle after starting the majority of his Rebel career at left tackle.
In fact, Boyko only played the final five games of his career at guard after moving over to help the line. Boyko was injured in his final game against UNR on a penalty that got Wolf Pack defensive lineman Rykeem Yates tossed from the game, and the lingering effects in Boyko’s arm affected his NFL preparation.
Still, the Saskatchewan native was able to make Philadelphia’s 10-man practice squad and now has another chance to break into the NFL.
UNLV has named linebacker Ryan McAleenan this year’s winner of the Bill Ireland Award, which is given to an athlete in good academic standing who made an impact in competition against UNR.
McAleenan, who will be a senior this season, made the biggest play of the Rebels’ 2015 campaign with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown that led to UNLV’s 23-17 victory.
The award’s namesake, Bill Ireland, has a history with both programs that includes helping to create the trophy that McAleenan helped bring back to Vegas. A UNR alum, Ireland was UNR’s first baseball coach before becoming UNLV’s first football coach and later a Rebel athletic director.
Previous Ireland award winners include Janine Petmecky (softball, 2015), Jenn Wolfe (soccer, 2014) and Buddy Borden (baseball, 2013).
UNLV-UCLA to air on Pac-12 Network
The Rebels have another start time as the school announced Wednesday that its first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl to face UCLA will kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. The game will be UNLV’s first-ever appearance on Pac-12 Network.
Half of the Rebels’ games now have their television assignments, with two airing on CBS Sports Network, two on ESPN Networks and one on ESPN2. Additional broadcast information for the remaining games will be announced in the next few weeks.
Here’s a look at UNLV’s 2016 schedule with all current time/TV info:
9/1 — Jackson State
9/10 — at UCLA, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network
9/17 — at Central Michigan
9/24 — Idaho
10/1 — Fresno State, 7:30 p.m., CBSSN
10/8 — at San Diego State, TBA, ESPN Networks
10/15 — at Hawaii
10/22 — Colorado State
10/29 — at San Jose State, 7:30 p.m., CBSSN
11/12 — Wyoming
11/18 — at Boise State, 6 or 6:30 p.m., ESPN2
11/26 — UNR, TBA, ESPN Networks