UNLV wins back-to-back games for the first time since 2008.
Seniors Tim Hasson, Tani Maka, Alex Klorman, junior Cameron Jefferson and sophomore Nick Sherry will serve as team captains this season.
2013 spring practice draws to a close with annual on-campus football festival.
Check out the this week's edition of notes from Russ Langer's view in the press box.
Junior linebacker named league's Defensive Player of the Week.
UNLV: A former UCLA signee who was highly recruited out of high school and heads into the final year of a solid career as a Rebel ... Also made official visits to Arizona and Washington before signing with the Bruins in February 2009 ... Came to UNLV one year later and made an immediate impact as a true freshman ... Will battle fellow-senior Max Ehlert for the No. 1 MLB spot this fall .... Name is pronounced "TAH-nee MAH-cah."
2012: Started all 13 games at MLB spot as a junior ... Posted a career-high 70 total tackles, which ranked third on the team ... Had 2.5 TFL, his first two collegiate QB sacks and a fumble recovery ... Became the first Rebel linebacker in three years to be named Mountain West Player of the Week after posting 10 total tackles and recovering a key fumble to help his team defeat Air Force 38-35 in Game Four ... Picked off his third career pass and returned it 17 yards in Game 11 at CSU.
2011: Played in 11 games, including starting eight ... Ranked fifth on the team with 54 tackles, including three TFL ... Also tied for the team lead in interceptions with two ... Picked off Pete Thomas with 35 seconds left at the Rebel 28-yard line to preserve a thrilling 38-35 UNLV win over Colorado State in Game Seven ... His other INT came vs. Southern Utah ... Tied for the team high with 13 tackles at UNR.
2010: Joined the squad in time for fall camp and went on to earn his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 13 games ... Made one start, at West Virginia ... Ranked 13th on the squad with 34 total tackles and forced one fumble.
2009: Signed with UCLA out of high school but took year off instead.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Jordan HS ... A three-year letterman for the Panthers ... A versatile athlete who played LB, S, FB, RB, WR and DE for coach Scott Meyer ... A Rivals three-star recruit when he signed with the Bruins, he was rated as the nation's No. 32 OLB by ESPNU, the No. 71 inside linebacker by Rivals and the No. 57 MLB by Scout, which also ranked him the No. 95 player in California ... A PrepStar All-West Region selection and SuperPrep's All-Far West (CA/HI/NV) No. 103 prospect ... As a senior, he made 52 tackles in seven games, including four sacks ... Also rushed for 107 yards on 11 attempts.
PERSONAL: Taniela M. Maka was born Dec. 19, 1990, in Tonga ... The son of Topani and Tolofi Maka ... Has three brothers: Makisi, Sam and David, and one sister, Topani ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.
MAKA'S DEFENSIVE STATS YEAR GP-GS UT AT TOT TFL SCK INT FF FR 2012 13-13 32 38 70 2.5-14 2.0-14 1-17 0 1-0 2011 11-8 25 29 54 3-10 0-0 2-0 0 0-0 2010 13-1 15 19 34 2-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0 TOTAL 37-22 72 86 158 7.5-24 2.0-14 3-17 1 1-0