UNLV: A lineman out of Arizona who is again scheduled to be team's starting center this season after turning in an outstanding spring under new coaching staff ... Has developed into an honors candidate as a senior and was chosen to represent the Rebel offense at annual MWC Media Days event ... One of 37 snappers named to official preseason Rimington Trophy Watch List ... A Preseason Second Team All-MWC pick by Lindy's and received honorable mention all-league from Phil Steele's ... A member of the Academic All-MWC team in both 2007 and 2009 ... Last name is pronounced "GEE-ah-NOT-oh."
2009: Started all 12 games at center for the Rebels.
2008: Started five of the first six games at the center position.
2007: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 12 games ... Started three games at center (Utah, CSU and UNM) ... Enrolled full-time at UNLV in January.
2006: Grayshirted after signing with UNLV in February.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2006 graduate of Catalina Foothills HS ... Lettered two seasons for the Falcons ... Started on both sides of the line as both a junior and senior ... Named all-region and second team all-state for coach Mark Bruenkant ... A versatile athlete who also played basketball and baseball at the school.
PERSONAL: John Sebastian Gianninoto was born on June 15, 1988, in Tucson ... The son of Tom and Lynn Gianninoto ... Has one brother, Scott ... Majoring in marketing.