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Opponent Watch: 3 Things to Watch for From UNLV

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“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins…” ~ Ulysses S. Grant

A proud son of Ohio, hailing from Point Pleasant, former Civil War general and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant would be a strong advocate for as much advanced scouting of the enemy as possible before a battle was engaged. While I have the utmost confidence in Urban Meyer and his strong staff of assistants, below are three areas I will be keeping an eye on when the UNLV Rebels come to Columbus for the first time…ever.

Of course, UNLV is not beyond any connection whatsoever to Ohio.  Legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian was a proud son of Ohio, from an area known to send a running back like this guy or this guy to Ohio State.  UNLV’s roster does not have any players from the state of Ohio on it, while the Buckeyes landed two prominent players from the Rebels’ backyard in true freshmen Tate Martell and Haskell Garrett.

3 Things to Watch For From the Rebels

~ The Rebels Will Borrow The Old “Running Rebels” Moniker Against Ohio State ~
Junior running back Lexington Thomas, listed at 5’9″, 170 pounds, will be the primary offensive threat for UNLV.  In two games this season, Thomas has carried the ball 38 times for 341 yards, averaging nine yards a carry.  Yes, I know UNLV has only played Howard and Idaho, but at least the Rebels seem to know which offensive weapon they want to lead with, who also happens to be a player with a name that sounds like he would make a great James Bond villain.

~ Armani Rogers is a Dual Threat Quarterback ~
Another interesting name for UNLV, true freshman quarterback Armani Rogers is listed at 6’5″, 225 pounds, and has averaged close to 7 yards a carry when running the ball.  Rogers is coming off a game against Idaho where he set a UNLV school record with a 94-yard touchdown play to wide receiver Devonte Boyd. He has thrown for 413 yards this season and rushed for 168 yards. He has rushed for 82 yards and 86 yards in UNLV’s two games this season.

~ Devonte Boyd Will Test Ohio State’s Secondary ~
As mentioned above, Boyd had a 94-yard touchdown play against Idaho.  Listed at 6’1″, 185 pounds, he has the physical dimensions to challenge Ohio State’s still developing secondary. Even though Boyd only has six receptions on the season, he has reached the century mark in yardage in each game. Against Howard, he caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, and against Idaho he caught two passes for 103 yards. Two of his six receptions this season have gone for at least 40 yards.