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#CampRebel Friday: Lex On Tex List, Final Scrimmage Turned In

Aug. 19, 2016

UNLV sophomore running back Lexington Thomas was one of 41 players named to the official watch list for the fourth annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

The award honors the nation’s top college football offensive player who was either born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or plays at a college located in the Lone Star State. The honoree must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define the award’s namesake -- former NFL running back great Earl Campbell (nicknamed the Tyler Rose) -- including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity.

A 2015 graduate of Benjamin Davis High School in Aldine, Texas, Thomas was the top freshman runner in the Mountain West last season. He finished second on the team with 506 net rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 81 attempts for a gaudy per-carry average of 6.2, which ranked ninth in the country among freshman backs with at least 500 yards. Despite coming off the bench, he tied the school’s freshman record for 100-yard games with three.

The Watch List will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to five finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Banquet scheduled for Jan. 11, 2017. Houston quarterback Greg Ward was last year's award recipient.


The squad enjoyed beautiful overcast weather while turning in another 80-something-play scrimmage open to the public on Friday morning at Rebel Park. The large contingent of media primarily asked head coach Tony Sanchez about who will be the starting quarterback for the team when it opens up September 1.



“If you need to let it play itself out then you wait, you don’t rush the decision because it is going to have a major impact on the season," said Sanchez. "Sitting right now, both guys will play in game one. One will be named the starter and will get the majority of the reps but you are also going to see whoever No. 2 is at some point in the first half (against Jackson State).”

Sanchez said the final scrimmage of #CampRebel means a different vibe when the team returns to campus for it next round of practices.

“Everything we’ve done has been really general. We’ve been installing our offense against our defense. Now it’s about Jackson State. When we come back on Monday it’s going to be about our opponent and what they do offensively and defensively schematically and going ahead and attacking that. It’s a breath of fresh air once you stop going against each other and the focal point becomes the opponent. It changes the way you prepare and the processes. It will allow our guys to be more successful."


UNLV will hold a closed dress rehearsal Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium and then enjoy an off day on Sunday.

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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