More than 50 current and former student-athletes are eligible to take part.
UNLV edges Utah State Saturday to claim the season opener.
FRANK SUMMERS UNLV CAREER OFFENSIVE STATISTICS YEAR GP-GS ATT YDS AVG TD LG REC YDS TD LG2008 12-12 183 740 4.0 8 45 13 150 2 48 2007 12-12 202 928 4.6 6 49 23 252 4 56 Tot. 24-24 385 1,668 4.4 14 49 36 402 6 56
UNLV: Selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers (169th overall) ... Became the first Rebel runner to be drafted since Ickey Woods went 31st overall in 1988 to the Bengals ... Only the second offensive player to be drafted since 1995 ... An experienced, strong, physical back who is a punishing runner and gets better as the game goes along ... Nicknamed "The Tank" for his bruising running style ... Can also catch the ball effectively out of the backfield and was a top special teams contributor on returns as well ... Did not lose a fumble during his UNLV career ... Is the only player in UNLV history to have led his team in both rushing (six) and receiving (four) touchdowns in the same season (1997) ... Posted both the team's longest rushing score (36 yards) and receiving score (56) in 2007 ... Named as the Toughest Player to Bring Down in the MWC in 2008 by Lindy's ... Also included among the league's top-10 players with NFL Talent by the preview magazine ... The former Pac-10 signee was also recruited by Utah and Washington State as well as USC as a fullback out of JC ... A member of the 2008 Rebel Leadership Committee ... The only Rebel chosen to play in a postseason all-star game shined for Team Texas in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game played in El Paso on Jan. 31, 2009 ... Summers rushed just once for three yards but was a standout blocker on kickoff returns and caught four passes for 54 yards, including a 19-yard grab and run into the end zone to give his side a 7-6 lead.
2008: One of 43 players named to the official Doak Walker Award Watch List ... Started all 12 games and again led the team in rushing yards with 740 despite missing nearly a full game at San Diego State because of injury ... Honorable mention All-MWC for the second straight season ... Scored eight times on the ground and twice more through the air as a senior ... Turned in three 100-yard rushing games: 103 yards on 22 carries in UNLV's upset victory at No. 13 Arizona State, 109 yards on 27 carries vs. Iowa State and 109 yards on 20 carries at Colorado State ... Also caught a career-high three passes at ASU ... TD receptions came vs. ISU and New Mexico.
2007: A midyear signee who was listed among the nation's top 100 junior college players by Rivals ... Named the Preseason MWC Newcomer of the Year by Blue Ribbon Magazine ... Earned his first letter as a Rebel by starting all 12 games at RB ... Paced the Rebels on the ground with 928 yards and six scores on 202 carries en route to honorable mention All-MWC ... "The Tank's" rushing total was the most by a Rebel since 2004 and the 13th-best in program history ... Finished seventh in the MWC and 67th nationally in rushing yards with 77.3 YPG ... Also ranked fourth on squad with 23 receptions for 252 yards and four scores ... Had four 100-yard rushing games, the most by a Rebel since Dominique Dorsey's six in 2004 ... Scored the first rushing TD of his career in the season opener at Utah State ... Caught first career scoring pass against Hawaii ... In his fourth career game in a Rebel uniform, ran for 190 yards and two TDs on 29 carries against Utah, which earned him MWC Player of the Week honors ... The 190 yards were the 18th-most on the ground by a running back in school history ... Followed that up with 120 yards on 24 carries at Nevada, Reno ... Hit the century mark for a third-straight week against Air Force with an even 100 yards on 25 attempts ... Made five receptions for 88 yards, including a 56-yard TD, against Colorado State ... Racked up 187 yards on 26 carries against San Diego State.
LANEY: Attended the junior college in Oakland for the 2005 and '06 seasons and earned All-America honors ... Set school records for carries in a game (48) and season (254) for the Eagles in 2005 ... Also established school marks for yards in a game (280) and a season (1,515) ... Named a 2005 First Team All-American by JC Athletic Bureau ... A 2006 preseason second team All-America choice by JC Grid-wire.
CALIFORNIA: A former Pac-10 Conference player, he redshirted the 2004 season at California.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2003 graduate of Oakland's famed Skyline HS ... Rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior in 2002 for coach John Beam ... The state prep power posted an 11-0 record and was ranked in California's Top 10 that season ... Also played linebacker while leading the Titans in touchdowns in both his junior and senior seasons as part of three title teams ... Also was a varsity wrestler and shot-putter for three seasons as a prepster ... Did not play football in 2003, delaying his enrollment at Cal until January 2004.
PERSONAL: Frank E. Summers was born on Sept. 6, 1985, in Oakland ... The son of James and Talia Summers ... Has two younger siblings, Jeremy and Miles ... Majoring in university studies.