Klorman Is Battle Born|
March 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Defensive lineman Alex Klorman has become the fourth UNLV football player to earn the right to wear the program's Battle Born Jersey No. 36.
After spending his first four years on campus wearing No. 95, Klorman (6-2, 285) has been easy to spot during this first week of spring drills while sporting his new number. The first defensive lineman to earn the honor, he was born and raised in Las Vegas and graduated from Del Sol High School where his defensive coordinator was former Rebel defensive great Ryan Claridge.
"It's an honor to wear it and represent my hometown and state," Klorman said. "I've already got some calls and messages from friends and members of my family to congratulate me. Some great players have worn this before me and I will just focus on getting better on and off the field in my final year to honor the tradition."
Klorman walked on to the UNLV program in 2009 and earned his first letter one year later and eventually earned a full scholarship. In 2012 he posted a career-high 34 total tackles, including four for loss, along with his second career sack. Heading into his senior campaign he has started 22 overall games on the defensive front, including 13 in a row.
"We want to build traditions here and if that means working as hard and giving as much effort as Alex Klorman does every day, then we're moving in the right direction," UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck said. "Certainly, Jersey 36 is in good hands."
Hauck began the new tradition at UNLV in 2010. In 1864, Nevada became the 36th state to enter the union, and the state's nickname, which appears on the flag, is "Battle Born," reflecting the state's entry on the Union side during the American Civil War. Rebel Football Jersey No. 36 -- complete with a patch on the back of the state flag -- is worn annually by a Nevadan who best exemplifies the Battle Born spirit of his state and the toughness and pride of Rebel Football.
The inaugural recipient was senior linebacker Ronnie Paulo, who turned in his No. 56 just before the season. In 2011, another senior linebacker from Las Vegas took over the honored number as Nate Carter switched from his usual 55. Last year's honoree was junior cornerback Sidney Hodge out of Palo Verde High School who wore No. 23 his first two years on campus but served as the team's No. 36 in 2012. Hodge has now moved into jersey No. 4 for his final season.
The Rebels will wrap up their first week of spring ball with a morning practice Friday at Rebel Park.