Final two-a-day practices set for Thursday.
Third-year offensive line coach and run game coordinator John Garrison came to UNLV after completing his four seasons as a University of Nebraska assistant, serving as the offensive line coach for the Huskers through their appearance in the Holiday Bowl against USC. During his first season in Las Vegas, the Rebel line helped the team post a dramatic improvement in the run game, finishing 36th in the nation in yards per game. Last fall, the Rebels finished 15th in the country in rushing and set the school record for fewest quarterback sacks allowed. In Lincoln, his offensive line paved the way for I-back Ameer Abdullah to earn second team All-America honors in 2014 after compiling 1,523 yards and 18 scores on the ground. That followed a 2013 season of 1,690 yards. A former Husker lineman himself, Garrison was the starting center for the 2001 squad that made an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game and snapped to Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Eric Crouch. Garrison joined the Nebraska staff after spending four years at Blue Springs (Mo.) High School as an assistant coach and special education teacher. Garrison served as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. A native of Blue Springs, Garrison graduated from Nebraska with a degree in secondary education in 2003. He and his wife, Jamie, have two daughters, Lily and Valerie, and a son, Jack.
Coaching Experience: 2015-SA UNLV -- run game coordinator/offensive line 2013-14 Nebraska -- offensive line 2011-12 Nebraska -- assistant offensive line & tight ends 2008-10 Nebraska -- football intern 2005-07 Blue Springs (Mo.) High School -- assistant coach