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Mataele Awarded Another Season For Rebs

May 23, 2014

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV football team's receiving corps just got even deeper as head coach Bobby Hauck announced Friday that Maika Mataele ("MIKE-ah MAH-tah-L-A") was awarded an extension of eligibility waiver by the NCAA.

Mataele, who originally attended Oregon State and then transferred to UNLV but did not play college football until the 2012 season, emerged last fall as an outstanding possession receiver with great hands. He finished third on the team with 36 receptions and 411 yards along with three touchdowns to help the Rebels earn their first bowl trip in 13 years.

Mataele's return means that 10 of the 13 players who caught at least one pass last season are scheduled to be back in 2014, accounting for 249 of the 299 total receptions by the Rebels.

The graduate of Hawai'i's Kamehameha-Kapalana High School twice earned Academic All-Mountain West honors and last week graduated with his bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in criminal justice. He will be one of nine Rebel football players in the 2014 season to have already earned their degree and will either be pursuing a second bachelors or a master's degree.

UNLV kicks off its season at Arizona on Aug. 29 and will open its home schedule vs. Northern Colorado on Sept. 6. Season tickets are on sale now starting at only $90 for all six home games. Call (702) 739-FANS or log on to for more information.



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