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#CampRebel: Dissecting The Defensive Line

Aug. 25, 2016

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV wrapped up #CampRebel with its last practice on Wednesday morning at Rebel Park.

Following the session, the team broke for lunch and then went through meetings in the afternoon.

Dissecting The Defensive Line
The defensive line got a new coach in the form of former New Mexico State and Southeast Missouri head man Tony Samuel, who came back out West after leading the biggest turnaround in college football in the terms of rushing yardage allowed while working at Georgia State in 2015. His task here is to create more sacks as the Rebels finished last in the nation a year ago with just nine.

At the ends, Jeremiah Valoaga is a potential difference maker for the Rebel attack off the edge while still-raw Antonio Zepeda finally seems to have found a permanent home after trying his hand a tight end. Next up are a couple of vets as Mark Finau and Tui Maloata look to put up better numbers in Year Two of the system. As for tackles, local product Mike Hughes Jr. is a big presence in the middle and a legit candidate for postseason honors while Salanoa-Alo Wily could be something special. Dominic Baldwin and Jason Fao are dependable members of the rotation.



"Jeremiah Valoaga is the most explosive, athletic guy on our defense. He can be a game-changer if he is able to stay on the field. He wasn't with us last spring and then got hurt in the fall so he was slowed," head coach Tony Sanchez. "Zepeda is now at a position where he can run and hit and use his athleticism. Hughes is our best hunting dog -- a local guy who busts his butt every day -- and Wily is still maturing. It's a group that has to be better and will be better."


UNLV enters its game week preparation for its season opener on September 1.

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