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Five takeaways for UNLV football after spring practice

Steve Marcus

Quarterback Armani Rogers, right, huddles with teammates during the UNLV Rebels Spring Showcase at UNLV Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Five takeaways for UNLV football after spring practice
Fri, Apr 20, 2018 (2 a.m.)
How a team looks in spring football is not always an accurate predictor of the following season. There are too many variables. The practices take place five months before the real games begin, the concepts tend to be more basic, and, especially in UNLV’s case ...

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Quarterback Armani Rogers signs autographs during the UNLV Rebels Spring Showcase at UNLV Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Rogers, offense look sharp in UNLV spring game
Sunday, April 15, 2018
The UNLV football team may not be in mid-season form, but the Rebels were still very recognizable during Saturday’s spring showcase. Five weeks of spring practice came to a close with a full-contact live scrimmage in front of fans at Peter Johann Memorial Field, and ...

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UNLV football's Ammir Aziz hugs coach Tony Sanchez after learning he was put on scholarship on Friday, April 13, 2018.
UNLV football borrows Strip magician to present walk-on scholarship
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Ammir Aziz thought his Friday couldn’t get any better when, during his early morning shift working security at the MGM Grand, he was introduced to country music star Blake Shelton. Aziz is no stranger to Shelton’s lyrics, frequently singing them and ...

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UNLV Rebels wide receiver Brandon Presley (80) secures touchdown pass over BYU Cougars defensive back Chris Wilcox (32) during their football game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
Brandon Presley emerges from spring practice as playmaker for UNLV football
Friday, April 13, 2018
If there’s one UNLV football player poised to take a star turn at Saturday’s spring showcase, it’s junior wide receiver Brandon Presley. There are a bunch of reasons why Presley figures to be the breakout performer at the scrimmage. Some of it is circumstantial ...

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UNLV Rebels quarterback Armani Rogers (1) laterals the ball to a running back versus the Utah State Aggies during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.
UNLV football focusing on final week of spring practice
Sunday, April 8, 2018
With just three practices remaining before the team’s annual spring showcase next weekend, the Rebels are getting serious about making every session count. On Saturday, that meant 45 minutes of 11-on-11 football, in full pads with live tackling and a crew of ...

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Liberty's QB Kenyon Oblad (7) fights to break a tackle by Green Valley's Jay Kakiva (55) during their high school football game on Thursday, September 28, 2017.   .
Rebels' QB Kenyon Oblad gaining early experience in spring practice
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Kenyon Oblad's transition to college is going well. He arrived at UNLV in January, and in the past few months he's gotten acclimated to life as a freshman. He's living on campus, where he says the food is better than expected, and he's getting used to the structure of ...

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A look at the proposed $1.9 billion domed football stadium for the Oakland Raiders and UNLV football in Las Vegas.
UNLV recruits — like Faith Lutheran's Sir Oliver Everett — will play most of career at new stadium
Monday, March 26, 2018
Ground has been broke on both ventures and there are move in dates. Players being recruited to UNLV for the class of 2019 will play more games at the Russell Road and I-15 stadium shared with the Raiders than ...
UNLV's Jay'Onn Myles, 1, takes out the feet of Boise State's Terrell Johnson, 20, with teammate Bailey Laolagi, 48, fighting to help nearby during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, October 31,  2015.
Linebackers hoping to lead defensive turnaround in 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Tackling was an issue for the UNLV defense last season. Defenders were consistently overpowered at the line of scrimmage, and tackling in open space was downright hypothetical. Solving that problem won't happen over the course of 15 spring practices ...

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UNLV Rebels quarterback Armani Rogers (1) stands in the pocket eyeing his next target versus San Jose during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, September 30, 2017.   .
Spring practice giving Rebels chance to tighten passing game
Friday, March 16, 2018
UNLV fielded an explosive offense in 2017, with big plays in the passing game and running game propelling the Rebels to an average of 28.8 points per game. But it was not always a consistent offense. While freshman quarterback Armani Rogers ...

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UNLV running back Lexington Thomas (3) celebrates with offensive lineman Justin Polu (78) after scoring a touchdown against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Rebels' new-look offensive line getting head start in spring practice
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
UNLV had one of the nation's most effective rushing attacks last season, ranking 19th in yards per game (230.7) and 18th in yards per carry (5.3). It was the second straight year that the Rebels finished in the top 20 in both categories, a testament to head coach ...

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UNLV QB Armani Rogers looks to his receiver during UNLV's first spring practice of the year on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Renewed optimism as UNLV football opens spring practice
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Just a few months after a demoralizing, season-ending loss at UNR extinguished its bowl dreams, the UNLV football team was back on the field Tuesday, holding its first of 15 spring practices at Rebel Park. There was no lingering regret over the missed opportunity ...

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UNLV Rebels forward Brandon McCoy (44) dunks during a game against the Air Force Falcons at the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
UNLV's McCoy the Mountain West Freshman of the Year; UNR cleans up on awards
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
McCoy, who averaged 15.4 points and 9.6 in league games, is the fourth UNLV player to win the Freshman of the Year award. The most recent winner was ...

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Steve Irvin, a Las Vegas native and former UNLV football player, is believed to be the third former Rebel to return to the program as a full-time assistant coach.
New UNLV cornerbacks coach a native Las Vegan who grew up with Rebels
Monday, March 5, 2018
Irvin, formerly the defensive coordinator at the University of San Diego, is one of four new defensive coaches to join the program in the offseason, and ...

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UNLV Rebels running back Lexington Thomas (3) celebrates a touchdown over the BYU Cougars during their football game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
UNLV football schedule announced for 2018 season
Thursday, March 1, 2018
A trip to sunny Southern California and a home game against an in-state rival will bookend the UNLV football team's 2018 season. The Mountain West Conference released its schedules on Thursday, and all dates and opponents are now locked in for the Rebels ...

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UNLV Rebels head coach Tony Sanchez leads his team out of the tunnel to face the BYU Cougars during their football game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
UNLV football's 2018 signing class addresses defensive needs
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Junior college transfers in Dominion Ezinwa, Montrice Johns and Tavis Malakius upgrade the UNLV defensive line ....
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