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#CampRebel: Looking At The Linebackers

Aug. 14, 2016

LAS VEGAS ( - Following its first scrimmage of #CampRebel, UNLV football was back to work Sunday morning at Rebel Park. The team practiced with no pads and for about two hours.

After practice the team met for lunch and will go through meetings on campus this afternoon before meeting for an half-pads, evening practice at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Looking At The Linebackers
Perhaps the deepest position on the Rebel roster, the linebackers are all back and more help is on the way. Honors candidate Tau Lotulelei is a quiet man who oozes talent but still needs to focus full-time at the weakside position. A jump in consistency would likely result in Lotuelei soon joining his older brother and former Rebel, John Lotulelei, in the NFL.

Angling to become a three-year contributor after coming in from JC, Ryan McAleenan led the team in tackles a year ago and turned in the biggest defensive play of the year with a pick-six at UNR to help bring home the Cannon. He'll ably man the middle spot and all that goes with it.

On the strongside, Matt Lea left spring as the No. 1 but will have to fight off up-and-coming Gabe McCoy and fifth-year graduate transfer LaKeith Walls who used to ply his trade in the Big Ten for Illinois. Also in the mix will be big JC signee Brian Keyes and youngster Bailey Laolagi who got on the field as a true freshman last year.



"We return all three starting linebackers," head coach Tony Sanchez said. "Tau is the most talented but Ryan is the most accountable. If Tau could show up and give us the constant effort, he'll be playing as a pro next year. This group is a big strength."


The team will hold its third evening practice of camp on Sunday night at Sam Boy Stadium before getting Monday off. The squad will resume its practice schedule on Tuesday morning with a full padded session.

Season tickets for the six-game 2016 home schedule start at $230 on the Sidelines and $130 in the End Zone. A limited number of Value End Zone Season Tickets are available in the North end of Sam Boyd Stadium for just $99. There is also a special two-game mini-plan still available.

Single-game tickets are also available. Advance prices start at just $35 on the Sidelines, $20 in the End Zone and $14 in the Value End Zone for four of the games (Jackson State, Fresno State, Colorado State and Wyoming) while premium-game pricing for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon vs. Nevada, Reno starts at $50 on the Sidelines, $30 in the End Zone and $20 for the Value End Zone. A special Friends & Family Night vs. Idaho features pricing at $20 Sidelines and $9 End Zone. Additional fees apply to all sales and all prices increase by $5 per ticket on the day of game.

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