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#CampRebel Report: As Camp Closes, Palandech Voted Wiesner Winner

Aug. 26, 2017


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As #CampRebel shutters its doors for another summer, UNLV football players, coaches and staff now move their attention to the coming autumn -- and next Saturday's lid-lifter against Howard University starting at 6 p.m.

The longest preseason camp in school history officially ended with a Mock Game dress rehearsal Friday evening at Sam Boyd Stadium. Saturday is a well-deserved off-day for the program and Sunday kicks off normal game-week preparations.

Head coach Tony Sanchez said the extra week of practice -- a product of the NCAA eliminating two-a-days but extending the calendar across the country -- ended up helping the schedule because it offered more flexibility.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised," he said. "Going into it, I was a little skeptical about the additional week but I think it’s been the best camp we’ve had as far as pacing for the players. I’m not sure how other people did it but we were able to give the guys some time. Go into that third and fourth week and you are able to go three days and then a day off, three on and day off. We really put an emphasis on the walk-throughs and the guys were not so worn out from cramping during camp.

"So it depends on how you handle it. We tried to be smart about it, get them the reps they needed at full speed but take into consideration that it was a week longer and use it wisely. I feel really good about the freshness of the team at this point."


During the home-opening football game against Howard University, senior quarterback Kurt Palandech will be recognized as this year’s recipient of the Tom Wiesner Award (pronounced “WEEZE-ner).



For the 16th consecutive year, coaches and seniors on the football team selected the player who best exemplifies the courage, enthusiasm, dedication and toughness of the late Mr. Tom Wiesner. Palandech, a former junior-college transfer from Laney College, will be the first quarterback to wear the Wiesner, which is designated with special stitching on the front of his jersey.

Palandech (Plainfield, IL/North HS) is listed No. 2 on the depth chart heading into game week. Also the team’s holder on kicks, he appeared in 22 games during his first two years on campus, including starting six at quarterback.

In his Rebel career Palandech has thrown for 1,441 yards with 14 touchdowns while netting 652 rushing yards and nine scores on the ground. A top student who is a five-time member of the UNLV Dean’s Honor List and two-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree, he last fall was named a MW Offensive Player of the Week after leading his team to a three-overtime, 69-66 victory over Wyoming November 12. On that memorable day, Palandech set career highs with 252 yards and three touchdowns on 20 completions in what became the highest scoring game in MW history.

“Kurt is a true program guy and has been a big contributor in two of our biggest wins here (at Nevada, Reno in 2015 and vs. Wyoming in 2016),” said Sanchez. “He’s as respected of a player by his peers that I have been around. This award could not have gone to a more deserving young man.”

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 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.

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)
2013 - Max Johnson (FB)
2014 - Brian Roth (OL)
2015 - Sonny Sanitoa (DL)
2016 - David Greene Jr. (RB)
2017 - Kurt Palandech (QB)


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