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10 Rebels Named Preseason All-MW By Two Publications

June 16, 2016

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV junior wide receiver Devonte Boyd was named preseason First Team All-Mountain West Conference by both Phil Steele's and Athlon to lead a group of 10 Rebels honored by the two preview publications.

Boyd, a graduate of Henderson's Basic High School, was the league's Freshman of the Year and a FWAA Freshman All-America in 2014 and then earned second team All-MW honors after a 2015 season that saw him catch 54 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns.

Joining him on Phil Steele's first team was senior linebacker Tau Lotulelei, who was also on Athlon's third team. Lotulelei, out of Maui High School in Hawai'i, earned honorable mention all-league as a junior after leading the team with 11.5 tackles-for-loss and three sacks.

The team's returning starter at center, Will Kreitler (Gilbert, AZ/Scottsdale CC), another honorable mention selection last year, was named to the second team by Phil Steele's and third team by Athlon.

The final Phil Steele's second-teamer was junior defensive lineman Mike Hughes Jr., a Las Vegas product out of Palo Verde High School.

Also showing up on both lists (third team Phil Steele's and fourth team Athlon) was senior linebacker Ryan McAleenan (Glendale, AZ/College of the Canyons) who led the squad with 85 total tackles and was named MW Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in a UNLV victory at Nevada, Reno.

Junior wide receiver Kendal Keys (San Diego, CA/Helix HS) was on Phil Steele's third team while senior placekicker Nicolai Bornand (Santa Barbara, CA/Dos Pueblos HS) appeared on Athlon's third team.



Former Nebraska quarterback Johnny Stanton (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA/Saddleback College), who competed during spring practice for the Rebels after transferring in from junior college, was a fourth-teamer by Phil Steele's while junior offensive tackle Kyle Saxelid (Elk Grove, CA/Cosumnes HS) and senior defensive back Torry McTyer (Los Angeles, CA/Cathedral HS) were also on Athlon's fourth team.

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(1st Team) Devonte Boyd, WR
(1st Team) Tau Lotulelei, LB
(2nd Team) Will Kreitler, C
(2nd Team) Mike Hughes Jr., DL
(3rd Team) Kendal Keys, WR
(3rd Team) Ryan McAleenan, LB
(4th Team) Johnny Stanton, QB

UNLV PLAYERS -- ATHLON 2016 PRESEASON ALL-MW (1st Team) Devonte Boyd, WR (3rd Team) Tau Lotulelei, LB (3rd Team) Will Kreitler, C (3rd Team) Nicolai Bornand, PK (4th Team) Kyle Saxelid, OL (4th Team) Mike Hughes Jr., DL (4th Team) Ryan McAleenan, LB (4th Team) Torry McTyer, DB

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