Game recap of Rebels' first bowl since 2000.
UNLV @ North Texas
UNLV: A highly recruited back ... Will join fellow Lone Star State product Tim Cornett (Houston) in the Rebel running back corps ... A three-star recruit according to Scout.com, which lists him as the No. 87 RB recruit in the nation ... Ranked the No. 122 RB by 247Sports.com ... Name is pronounced "WHITE-lee."
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at La Porte HS near Houston for coach Jeff LaReau ... A highly decorated student-athlete that helped his team to back-to-back 21-5A titles while playing RB, safety and KR ... Named 2012 District MVP as a senior after rushing for 1,347 yards and nine touchdowns ... Preseason All-Greater Houston Second Team selection by the Chronicle after an all-district junior campaign that included 1,400 rushing yards and 13 scores ... A three-sport letterwinner for the Bulldogs having also competed in track and baseball.
PERSONAL: Keith Michael Whitely was born April 25, 1995, in Houston, TX... The son of Keith and Michelle Whitely ... Father, Keith, lettered at the University of Houston and served as his son's position coach in high school ... His uncle, Antonio Armstrong, was a four-year letterman as a LB for Texas A&M (1991-94) before moving on to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.