For the ninth straight year, UNLV Athletics is represented by at least 35 Rebels on Fall Academic All-MW Team.
First-year head coach introduces his 22-man class.
Season ends with loss to UNR.
Rebels' rally falls short despite Decker's three fourth-quarter touchdown throws.
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UNLV vs. NIU photos by USA TODAY Sports
UNLV: A midyear signee who took part in spring practice after enrolling in January ... A highly honored signal caller who will compete with returning vet Nick Sherry for the starting job this fall ... One of two quarterbacks in this year's class ... A NJCAA Second Team All-American who put up gaudy stats last fall ... Ranked the No. 8 JC pro-style QB in the nation by 247Sports ... An experienced player who served a two-year church mission in Mexico after high school.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Starred at Scottsdale CC for coach Doug Madoski ... Led the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in 2013 with 269 completions in 456 attempts for 4,241 yards and 47 touchdowns with 11 interceptions ... His numbers for touchdowns and passing yards per game led the entire National Junior College Athletic Association last fall ... Also rushed for 390 yards and four scores as a sophomore ... Named the Offensive Player of the Year for both the ACCAC and Western States Football League ... Led the Fighting Artichokes to 10 straight wins, including a 50-42 victory over Dodge City CC in the Valley of the Sun Bowl on Dec. 7.
BYU: Walked on and then redshirted the 2009 season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Mountain View HS in Mesa, CA ... Earned two varsity letters playing quarterback for coach Tom Joseph ... Earned honorable mention all-state for the Toros, who finished 12-1 during his senior campaign.
PERSONAL: Blake Tod Decker was born Sept. 28, 1990, in Abilene, TX ... The son of Tod and Liz Decker ... Has two sisters and a younger brother ... His father was a wide receiver at Ball State ... Majoring in business management.