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UNLV Rebels preview

5/5/2015
Devonte Boyd looks to build on his big freshman season. Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports

With UCLA and Michigan looming -- and a roster in flux, former high school coach Tony Sanchez has a bumpy Year 1 in store.

Offense

How the Rebels beat you: New coordinator Barney Cotton prefers the power run. He just doesn’t have the personnel yet, so UNLV’s go-to remains reigning MWC frosh of the year WR Devonte Boyd (15.1 ypc).

How you beat the Rebels: Senior Blake Decker will battle to stay QB1, but his 2014 was mistake-filled: 46.9 QBR, three more INTs (18) than TDs (15).

Defense

How the Rebels beat you: Junior LB Tau Lotulelei (10½ TFL) leads the lone unit with no key holes. The rush D was porous but grew stouter on third and short (63.3 percent conversion rate with 3 yards or less to go, 44th in the FBS).

How you beat the Rebels: Top pass rusher Siuea Vaesau (5 sacks) departs, further crippling the D’s weakest link.