UNLV became bowl eligible for the first time since 2000
UNLV: A running back with top-end speed who will compete for more time this fall but needs to become more consistent ... Holds the distinction of sporting the longest name ever at the school as the 23 letters in his full name make Murray-Lawrence the hardest fit in Rebel roster history ... The previous longest name at UNLV was another import -- German Hubertus Schulze Zumkley (22 letters), who kicked off for the Rebels from 2001-05 ... "Shaq" was a late signee last year when the Rebels took a chance on a player who gained 211 yards on just 21 carries as a sophomore for Tyler (Texas) Junior College ... His limited time was a result of his original American JC -- Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, TX -- shutting down for financial reasons after his freshman year ... Last year was one of just two college football running backs born in Canada -- Arizona State freshman Terrell Davis from British Columbia was the other ... One of three Canadians on the Rebel roster, joining offensive linemen Brett Boyko (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Tom Clarkson (Mission, British Columbia).
2013: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 12 games ... Ranked second on the team with 418 net yards on just 47 carries ... Also caught 11 passes for 66 yards and returned six kickoffs for 117 yards for an average of 19.5 per attempt and a long of 25 ... Made an immediate impact in his Rebel debut as the man with the longest name in school history took the shortest route ever to 100 rushing yards in the season opener as he needed just four attempts to finish with 108 on the ground at Minnesota ... The first Rebel to reach the century mark with less than five rushing attempts after he gashed the Gophers for runs of -- in order -- 2, 42, 64 and 0 yards ... Followed that up vs. Arizona in Game Two with a 82-yard night on another four-carry load ... At Fresno State in Game Seven he finished with 79 yards on just three attempts ... Season-high for carries came In Game Six when he went nine times for 11 net yards.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played 2012 season at Tyler JC in Texas, rushing for 211 yards and three touchdowns on just 21 carries for the Apaches ... He was a late addition to coach Danny Palmer's program after his original junior college, Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, TX, closed because of financial difficulties after his freshman season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in London, Ontario.
PERSONAL: Shaquille Murray-Lawrence was born Oct. 30, 1993 ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.