The Runnin’ Rebels stumbled out of the gates to start the season with a loss to Howard University despite being nearly 45-point favorites. They righted their ship with a victory over Idaho before a bye week last week.
The Rebels have had success on the ground thus far, rushing for over 700 yards and a 7.3 yards per attempt, which is good enough for fourth nationally. They run a spread offense with a mobile quarterback who is good enough to keep the chains moving with his feet.
Defensively, the Rebels run an odd front 3-4 defense and have been gashed on the ground through the first 2 games. UNLV has given up an average of 216 yards rushing, which is 114th nationally.
Despite the point spread, UNLV has a talented core of players in key positions that can swing a game. We take a closer look at the impact players of UNLV in this weeks No Huddle Breakdown.
Armani Rogers (#1)
Rogers is a tall and lanky athlete playing quarterback for the Rebels. His size and athleticism allow him to be effective in run or pass situations. He operates in a single read system and will lock to his primary target. Has marginal accuracy on deep and intermediate passes. Good accuracy working slants and shallow passes as he can maximize yards after the catch. A good runner and long strider, but Rogers won’t make anybody miss in the open field. Has rushed for 168 yards in 2 games thus far and has thrown for 413 yards on 60% completions.
Devonte Boyd (#83)
With a solid frame and athletic body, Boyd plays larger than his listed height and weight because of his play strength. He has good ability to win contested catches and can maintain balance and control through contact. He will operate in the middle of the field primarily, working slant patterns and displays very good agility and change of pace. Boyd is very “sudden” as a route runner, creating space for his QB to make an easy throw. Has solid speed to create yards after the catch.
Michael Hughes Jr. (99)
A fun player to watch, Mike Hughes Jr. has tremendous burst off the line of scrimmage. He plays with good pad level and functional strength to move the line of scrimmage and drive his man into the backfield. Hughes lines up primarily as an interior rushman, though will will align as a DE in certain situations. Hughes plays with good competitive toughness with good initial effort. Will need to develop a pass rush plan to improve draft stock.
#3-Lexington Thomas 5’9” 170, RB-good speed, agility, runs between tackles despite small frame. Averaging almost 9 yards per carry this season.
#95-Jason Fao 6’0” 300, DT-A quick interior lineman, Fao possesses a good push up front, to help collapse the pocket. Can be game planned around as he lacks a pass rush repertoire.