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#CampRebel: Receiving Corps Arguably Atop MW Heading Into Season

Aug. 18, 2016

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV football met again on Thursday morning at Rebel Park for the first of two practices.

The team practiced for just under two hours in shells before breaking for lunch.

The team will go through meetings this afternoon and will go through another session this evening, wearing helmets and shorts.

Receiving Corps Arguably Atop MW Heading Into Season

Whichever quarterback candidate ends up starting for the Rebels this season, they already know they'll be throwing to one of the top receiving groups in the West. Biletnikoff Award candidate Devonte Boyd could vie for Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors after posting the most receiving yards through a sophomore season in school history with 1,884. A unanimous choice for First Team All-MW heading into the season, Boyd posted five 100-yard receiving games last fall despite inconsistency at the QB spot.

While Boyd has been in the spotlight since his freshman All-America season of 2014, his fellow junior standout -- Kendal Keys had his breakout performance last fall when he had hauled in three touchdowns at Colorado State to start a run of five TDs during the last three games.



While there are only seven scholarship receivers on the roster, Boyd and Keys have a bevy of young talent behind them that will push their own performance.

Darren Woods Jr. was so impressive during spring ball that he is listed as the other starter despite redshirting a year ago. Brandon Presley was pushed into playing in 2015 because of the lack of numbers at the position and will be a bigger factor as a sophomore. Meanwhile, a trio of freshman signees will no doubt help immediately and for years to come: Mekhi Stevenson, Andre Collins and Elijah Trosclair.

"Receivers are a big strength for us," said head coach Tony Sanchez. "Boyd and Keys are great players being pushed by Presley and Woods, who are right there with them talent-wise. We think we will have a couple of the best combos in the conference. We only have seven on scholarship so we may not be able to redshirt any of the new guys."


UNLV will hold an evening practice at Rebel Park on Thursday. On Friday the team will hold its final scrimmage of #CampRebel, which is open to the public at Rebel Park on campus.

Friday's practice starts at 8:10 a.m. and the team will begin the scrimmage about 20 minutes later.

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