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Reed Earns Wiesner Award

Aaron Reed is a local product from Silverado High School.

Aug. 24, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Before UNLV's season-opening game on Thursday vs. Minnesota, senior tight end/H-back Aaron Reed will be recognized as this year's recipient of the Tom Wiesner Award and will have the honor of wearing the Wiesner Jersey throughout the 2012 season.

The second Rebel tight end and first non-scholarship player to earn the honor, Reed is back for his final year after missing all of 2011 with an injury. The Las Vegas native graduated from Silverado High School in 2008 before walking on to his hometown team. He played in both 2009 and 2010 and picked up his first career reception in a game at West Virginia.

"Aaron Reed personifies what the Wiesner Award is all about," said UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck. "He really does bleed Scarlet and Gray every day."

The award, which debuted in 2002 and is voted on by the coaching staff and senior class, was created to honor one Rebel senior that best exemplifies the late Mr. Wiesner's courage, enthusiasm, dedication and toughness.

A Wisconsin native and three-time letterman on the Badger football team, Mr. Wiesner sought his fortune out West and became one of the Las Vegas' leading businessmen, philanthropists, politicians and ambassadors. The founder of the successful restaurants that are part of Big Dog's Hospitality Group, Mr. Wiesner helped guide Rebel Athletics from their infancy and was inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Contributor in 1994. Also a member of the Nevada Board of Regents, he died in 2002 at the age of 63 after a battle with Leukemia.

YEAR   PLAYER          POS
2002   Tony Terrell    OL
2003   Dominic Furio   OL
2004   Jamaal Brimmer  DB
2005   Joe Miklos      DB
2006   Erick Jackson   RB
2007   Chris Butler    TE
2008   Jacob Hales     DL
2009   Ryan Wolfe      WR
2010   Isaako Aaitui   DL
2011   Bryce Saldi     LB
2012   Aaron Reed      TE/H



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