Las Vegans Tyler Gaston, Tim Hasson lead way with fourth career spot on Academic All-MW Team.
Football leads way with 18 players on the Fall 2013 Academic All-Mountain West Team.
UNLV improves to 3-1 in Mountain West play by downing in-state rival UNR.
UNLV will have added depth at receiver this season.
2013 spring practice draws to a close with annual on-campus football festival.
UNLV: A speedy athlete from Hawai'i that adds depth to the receiving corps ... Walked on to the team and saw a lot of playing time with the Rebels ... Name is pronounced "MIKE-ah MAH-tah-L-A" ... One of 18 UNLV football players named to the 2012 Academic All-Mountain West team.
2012: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 12 games at both receiver and special teams ... Caught two passes for seven yards.
2011: Spent fall as a student at UNLV, but did not play football. 2010: Attended Oregon State but was not a member of the football team.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Kamehameha-Kapalama HS ... A two-year letterwinner who played both ways as a wide receiver and safety under coach David Stant ... Garnered second team All-ILH state honors as a senior and honorable mention honors in 2008 ... Also was a sprinter and long jumper for the track team.
PERSONAL: Maika Joshua Mataele was born Jan. 11, 1991, in Honolulu ... The son of Mary and Esei Mataele ... Has an older sister, Tehina, and three younger brothers, Elijah, Noah and Keola ... Majoring in sociology.
MATAELE'S RECEIVING STATS YEAR GP-GS REC YDS AVG TD LG 2012 12-0 2 7 3.5 0 8