UNLV may lack stellar power compared to most other Mountain West teams and need a few key pieces to get up and down the lanes, but there’s enough experience in year three under head coach Marcus Arroyo to change some of those intense competitive battles. 2021 in victory.
However, the team needs more difference makers to emerge.
The Rebels lost a ton of options through the transfer portal and didn’t bring in a ton of new parts, but they did get a few good ones that should be able to turn things around quickly – at least that’s the hope.
The hope is that the defensive front will find some possible stars, but only two players have returned from the 2022 All-Mountain West teams.
While skill players get time to work, this season should be stronger.
Harrison Bailey, QB Soph.
The 6-5, 220-pound transfer from Tennessee was superb in 2020, completing 71% of passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns with two spades.
He hasn’t seen much time with a sophomore only completing 3 of 7 passes for 16 yards, but now the former big five-star rookie will take every hit to turn UNLV’s offense — and program — and make it his own.
Austin Adjiake, LB Sr.
The 6-2, 220-pound All-Mountain West linebacker who received an Honorable Mention has made 100 tackles in four seasons with one missed pass and one tackle for loss. 74 of these tackles came last year.
Adam Plant, Delaware
The 6-5, 260-pound all-round veteran made three tackles in TCU, came to UNLV and made 77 tackles with seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss over the past two seasons.
Kyle Williams, WR Jr.
The 6-0, 185-pound Williams caught 77 passes for 1,027 yards, averaging 13.3 yards per catch with four touchdowns in two seasons.
Philip Hill Sr. Sr.
The 6-0, 190-pound veteran missed 2020 with an injury but returned to make 46 tackles with three interceptions, four dropped passes and a sack with two tackles for a loss.
Brennon Scott, LB Soph.
The 6-1, 235-pound veteran made three tackles in his first season and 35 tackles with four sacks and ten tackles for a loss last year.
Ziell Griffin, WR Jr.
A 6-2, 195-pound deep threat that has caught 17 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns, averaging over 20 yards per catch over the past two years.
Daniel Gutierrez, PK Sr.
By his sixth season, the All-Mountain West honorable mention kicker had hit 37 of 45 field goals and scored 81 of 84 extra points over the past five seasons.
Daviyon McDaniel, OT Sr.
He’s a 6-3, 300-pound former Charleston Southern transfer who earned All-Big South first-team honors and then took over as left tackle at UNLV last season.
Nol Williams, CB Jr.
The 6-0, 185-pound cornerman made 58 tackles with two interceptions with seven dropped passes and a fumble recovery — and averaged 20 yards per kickback on six tries — over two seasons.
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