Junior Kyle Saxelid is one of 81 FBS players nominated for the prestigious community service award.
Alumni showing up to see the happenings under new head coach Tony Sanchez.
UNLV: A former walk-on who has become one of the most consistent pass catchers in MWC history and is on target to become his school's career catch leader in 2008 ... Displays great hands and leaping ability while regularly going over the middle ... A first team preseason All-MWC selection as a punt returner by Athlon and Phil Steele's and a second team pick as a receiver by Athlon, Lindy's, College Football News and Phil Steele's ... Enters final fall with the second-longest active reception streak in the nation, as he has caught at least one pass in 35 consecutive games - or every game of his career ... Listed as the receiver with the Best Hands in the conference by Sporting News for two years running ... Is currently seventh in Rebel history with 153 career receptions and needs just one more yard to enter the top 10 in all-time yards at 1,820 ... Will also vie to once again handle punt return duties ... Heavily involved in community service, he was one of only 11 players named to the 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team for the Bowl Subdivision ... Off-field resume includes running his own non-profit youth summer football camp in his home state ... One of the league's top student-athletes, he earned 2007 first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 honors ... Earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in May and is now pursuing a master's degree in public administration ... Named to the Academic All-MWC team for the third time in his career as well as being named a MWC Scholar-Athlete, which is awarded to varsity student-athletes with at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA ... Also earned a spot on the Dean's List last fall and spring ... A longtime team leader who has been a member of the Rebel Leadership Committee the last three seasons.
2007: Started 10 of 12 games played ... Hauled in 54 catches for 622 yards and three touchdowns ... Was sixth in the MWC in receptions and eighth in yards ... Set career highs with 10 receptions for 126 yards against Wisconsin in Game Two ... Added a TD grab against the Badgers ... Later tied his career high by making 10 catches at Wyoming for 121 yards and a score, which gave him four career 100-yard games ... Caught eight passes for 88 yards and a TD vs. San Diego State ... Returned 14 punts for an 8.4 yard average ... Ripped off a career-long 40-yard return vs. Utah.
2006: Emerged as one of the league's best receivers while starting all 12 games for the Rebels ... Led the league and ranked 21st in the nation in receptions per game (5.58) with 67 catches on his way to earning second team All-MWC honors ... Ranked second in the MWC in yards per game (44th in the nation) with 68.0 on his way to a career-high 816 yards ... Teamed with Ryan Wolfe to give the Rebels their first pair of all-conference wide receivers since 1994 ... Hauled in a season-high nine balls at Iowa State ... Reached the 100-yard mark in receiving yards at Colorado State (100) and then again against Air Force (100) ... Brought in a career-high four scores ... Led squad with 11 punt returns for 141 yards, including a thrilling 32-yard return in the victory over Air Force ... His 12.8-yard average on returns ranked sixth all-time at the school for one season.
2005: Earned first letter as a Rebel by starting all 11 games ... Became squad's go-to guy as a rookie as his first seven receptions and 19 overall went for first downs ... Finished third on team with 32 receptions for 382 yards and two TDs ... Had career-best seven grabs at Wyoming and career-high 72 yards at Air Force ... Caught a team-season-long 58-yard TD on a trick play vs. the Falcons ... Also returned four punts for 28 yards with a long of 18.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2004 graduate of East Anchorage HS where he played WR, DB and FS for the T-Birds ... Part of 2003 state championship squad that went 8-2 under coach Roger Spackman ... Caught 59 passes for 1,237 yards and 20 TDs as a senior ... Catches and yards his senior year set Alaska records and as a junior he set the state record for touchdown receptions with 21 ... Caught 55 balls for 1,139 yards as a junior ... Named Alaska's offensive player of the year in 2003 ... An all-state selection in 2002 and 2003 ... Played in the prestigious Army All-American game in 2004 and totaled 60 yards receiving.
PERSONAL: Casey J. Flair was born on Jan. 1, 1986, in Anchorage ... The son of Tony and Linda Flair ... Has an older sister, Tiffany, an older brother, Yancy, and a younger brother, Jesse.
YEAR GP-GS REC YDS AVG TD LG 2007 12-10 54 622 11.5 3 35 2006 12-12 67 816 12.2 4 40 2005 11-11 32 382 11.9 2 58 TOTAL 35-33 153 1,820 11.9 9 58
FLAIR'S PUNT RETURN STATS
YEAR GP-GS ATT YDS AVG TD LG 2007 12-10 14 118 8.4 0 40 2006 12-12 11 141 12.8 0 32 2005 11-11 4 28 7.0 0 18 TOTAL 35-33 29 287 9.9 0 40