Also, why the elevation in Ely helps the Rebels prepare for the season.
60 UNLV student-athletes eligible for May 12 commencement ceremonies.
Cornett, kickers star in final spring practice event.
UNLV: An experienced running back from Texas who will look to make a bigger impact this season ... Earned a spot on the UNLV Dean's Honor List for the spring 2012 semester ... First name is pronounced "ah-MAR-ee."
2011: Played in eight games on special teams but did not record a rushing attempt.
2010: Missed a second season with an injury after going down during preseason camp.
2009: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 11 of 12 games ... Ran the ball five times for 24 net yards and a long of seven.
2008: Played in two games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams, before suffering an inujury.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Cedar Hill HS ... Lettered two seasons under coach Joey McGuire ... A PrepStar Southwest All-Region selection ... Named second team all-district as a senior after rushing for 699 yards on 137 carries, including three for TDs ... Ran 15 times for 120 yards in a victory over Duncanville ... Team captain helped the Longhorns to the second round of the state playoffs as a senior following a junior year in which he helped them to an undefeated Texas State Championship season when he ran for 600 yards and four scores in limited action ... Also lettered in baseball as an OF and in powerlifting.
PERSONAL: Imari DeVonne Thompson was born on Oct. 6, 1989, in Dallas, TX ... The son of Ericka and Eddie Thompson ... Has a sister, Kourtnei ... Graduating in the summer with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and looks to pursue a master's degree in public administration.
THOMPSON'S RUSHING STATS