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2003 PREVIEW: UNLV Rebels

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In 's fifth year at the helm, another losing season isn't going to cut it. Not to dog the Mountain West, but it's not like is playing in the Big XII South, and it's time to make a move. The Rebels have five players (safety , receiver , running back and linebackers and ) that are as good, or better, than anyone else in the league. With these five stars, a few veterans to the line and ridiculous speed and athleticism on both sides of the ball, this is a team with enough talent to win the league title. Will they? Probably not.

Team Information
Head coach:
5th year: 20-27
26th season overall: 203-136-4
Returning O Lettermen: 17
Returning D Lettermen: 17
Returning ST Lettermen: 3
Ten Best Players
1. SS , Jr.
2. WR , Jr.
3. LB , Jr.
4. LB , Jr.
5. RB , Sr.
6. RB Alvin Marshall, Jr.
7. DT , Sr.
8. WR Sr.
9. DE Chris Eagen, Sr.
10. C , Sr.
2003 Schedule
8/30
9/6 at
9/13 at
9/19
10/4 at
10/11 at
10/18
10/25 BYU
11/1 at
11/8 San Diego St
11/22
11/29 at
For whatever reason, hasn't progressed like it should have over the last few years. After beating Arkansas in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2000, the program has been a model of underachievement failing to develop the raw talent while rarely playing up to the overall level expected. The team is trying to build on the win needing to use that to come out roaring. If there's not a sense of urgency to win right away, this could be yet another lost season. There's no excuse for anything less than to be in the mix for the Mountain West championship and a top three finish.. The Schedule: If you liked last year's schedule, you'll love this season's. Other than the welcome replacement of for , the teams on the schedule are the same. The early part will be the hardest with four road games in the first six games. Utah, BYU and go to Las Vegas. Best Offensive Player: Junior WR . He's big, fast and very, very talented. He led the team with 51 catches, for 793 yards and four touchdown catches and should be even better with a passing quarterback like throwing. Best Defensive Player: Junior SS . Brimmer ended up pulling off one of the great breakthrough seasons in Mountain West history coming from out of nowhere to make 100 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. Used as another linebacker as much as a defensive back, he was all over the field. Key player to a successful season: had all the talent in the world but never developed. Enter junior who could upgrade the passing game and get the team moving a little better. He's not a scrambler and doesn't have the arm or legs Thomas had, but he's a solid passer. If he doesn't have a big season, the Rebels could have problems again. The season will be a success if: the Rebels finish in the top two for the Mountain West title. The team might not have enough to get past in the standings, but it's certainly good enough finish second. This team has to start playing up to expectations. Key game: Oct. 11 at . The Rebels will have problems with in non-conference play, but the other four games (Toledo, at Kansas, and at ) are winnable. has ideas of winning the Mountain West title. The loser of this game could be out of the mix before the race even gets going. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • Fourth down conversions: Opponents 11 of 17 (65%) - 9 of 19 (47%)
  • 3rd quarter scoring: 43. 4th quarter scoring: 110
  • Penalties: 93 for 786 yards - Opponents 78 for 685 yards
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    Alvin Marshall RB/WR 5-10 185 JR-TR Los Angeles, CA Compton CC
    A first team JC Grid-Wire All-American who is perhaps the most highly touted junior college recruit in school history ... A scintillating offensive weapon who can line up at tailback, slot-back and receiver ...Signed during the early period in December and is currently enrolled at ... Came to town after a sensational sophomore season at Compton College where he was teammates with another highly regarded Rebel signee, LB John Andrews ... The Western State Conference Offensive MVP rushed for 1,347 yards and 17 touchdowns in nine regular-season games for coach Cornell Ward ... Scored 106 points and picked up another 399 yards returning kickoffs for the Tartars ... Played freshman campaign at El Camino College and logged a stunning 2,053 all-purpose yards ... Originally signed with out of high school *John Andrews LB 6-1 210 JR-TR Atlanta, GA Compton CC
    Phil Cosenza TE 6-5 260 FR-HS Grass Valley, CA HS
    *Tyler Crandal OL 6-7 295 JR-TR R. Santa Margarita, CA Saddleback CC
    Joe Critchfield OL 6-4 315 JR-TR Chandler, AZ Scottsdale CC
    Greg Estandia TE 6-7 235 JR-TR Moorpark, CA Moorpark College
    Faauo Faga LB/DL 6-3 245 FR-HS Indian Springs, NV Indian Springs HS
    Jacob Flowe RB 6-0 210 FR-HS Chino, CA Chino HS
    Dustin Forshee LB 6-5 295 FR-HS Chandler, AZ Hamilton HS
    Howie Fuimanono DL 6-1 315 FR-HS Chula Vista, CA Bonita Vista HS
    Tim Goins OL 6-4 270 FR-HS Madison, AL HS
    Ernest Gordon DB 6-0 165 FR-HS Sacramento, CA Hiram Johnson HS
    ATH 6-4 220 FR-HS Los Angeles, CA Locke HS
    Marques Johnson ATH 6-3 205 FR-HS Chino Hills, CA Ayala HS
    Brian Nicholson DL 6-5 275 JR-TR Oceanside, CA Palomar College
    Charles Owens OL 6-4 275 FR-HS Long Beach, CA Long Beach Poly HS
    Garrett Reden OL 6-4 260 FR-HS Valley Center, CA Valley Center HS
    RB 6-2 210 SO-TR San Diego, CA
    Solomon Smart DB 6-0 185 FR-HS Phoenix, AZ Moon Valley HS
    Jay Staggs WR 6-0 210 FR-HS Goleta, CA Dos Pueblos HS
    Shane Steichen QB 6-3 175 FR-HS El Dorado Hills, CA Oak Ridge HS
    Will Tagoai DB 6-1 205 JR-TR Vista, CA Palomar College
    Nathan Todhunter OL 6-6 285 FR-HS Santa Rosa, CA Santa Rosa HS
    Nate Wederquist WR 6-2 205 FR-HS Henderson, NV Foothill HS
    Ryan Welter LB 6-4 220 FR-HS El Cajon, CA Granite Hills HS
    Donell Wheaton WR 6-0 180 FR-HS Harbor City, CA Narbonne HS
    *Potential Instant Impact Players
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