Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Injuries : NAZ RB Zach Baumann-Probable
NAZ QB Cary Grossart-Probable
Weather: Fair, Winds East 6-11mph, Heat Index 94
Looks like it will be easy and that's exactly what it should be as the Lumberjacks return to Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday night. Northern Arizona and UNLV will play each other for the 1st time in two decades.
The Rebels may be more NAU's speed after they were dismissed last week against Arizona State 63-6 but it's not likely.
This week I expect a dominating performance from the Rebels but in order to achieve the anticipated, lopsided outcome, they must be able to rely on better play from their young secondary who, in large part was responsible for allowing 478 yards last week to Minnesota.
The Lumberjacks, who are 2-5 all-time against the Rebels (0-4 at Sam Boyd), will attempt to exploit Freshman DB Peni Vea who finished with 9 tackles, 4 solo last week, far to many tackles for a DB. Vea appeared to not anticipate cutbacks well leaving him with failed arm tackle attempts.
One of the problems that UNLV will continue to have this season is their inability to rely on their corners which hinders them from stopping the run or applying QB pressure.
Vea and Sophomore SS Tajh Hasson look like they react to plays rather than anticipating plays. When they are better at anticipating that is when they will be able to be more physical. Right now the secondary is soft which makes it even more important that Rebel RB Tim Cornett has a big season. Keep the defense off the field. Busted coverages, over pursuing, and arm tackles will pave the way for 500 yards allowed on the weekly basis for the gang on Maryland Parkway.
Interesting to note that Rebel Head Coach Bobby Hauck was an assistant at NAU during the 1993-94 season along with 3 rd year Rebel offensive coordinator Brent Myers who coached at NAU from 92-97.
Also worth noting, it appears as if Senior punter, Chase Lansford, will also be a defensive weapon. Chase averaged almost 50 yards a punt in last weeks triple overtime loss. His presence should allow UNLV to win most field position battles. I would be shocked to see him very much this week.
The Rebels should easily break a six game losing streak and improve their record against the Big Sky to 30-10-1 overall. If not the anticipation for basketball will ramp up a few more notches.
2012 Appeared on ESPN 1100 ‘The Las Vegas Sportsline radio show
2012 Appeared on the FOX Sports Radio Show ‘Vegas Wise’
2011 Invited to compete in the Las Vegas Sports Line Radio Show’s ‘College Bowl Bash’.
2011 Monitored by Covers.com
2011 Competing in the Las Vegas Review Journal’s ‘Hot Corner’ going 14-5 73.68%, the highest win percentage among all competing
2009 Featured in a blog by Las Vegas Review Journal writer Ron Kantowski
2009 Covered Las Vegas High School Football for the Las Vegas Review Journal
2008 Featured in an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal columnist Jon L. Smith
1996-1997 Worked in sales for UNLV Rebels
1995 Worked in sales for the Las Vegas Stars Baseball Team (PCL) and Las Vegas Thunder Hockey Team (IHL)
1995 Co-Host The Sports Party Radio Show on 840 KVEG, Las Vegas
1995 Co-Host I Love Baseball Radio Show on 840 KVEG, Las Vegas
1994 Hosted The Dana Lane Show on 1340 KRLV, Las Vegas
1993 Co hosted the Clubhouse Radio Show on 1460 KENO, Las Vegas
1993 Co hosted the Stardust Line Radio Show from the Stardust and Plaza
Hotel on 1460 KENO, Las Vegas
1993 Top 10 finish in the Stardust College Football Contest
1992 Color commentator for the American Hockey League’s Utica Devils
1991-92 Color commentator for Junior College Basketball Games in Herkimer, New York
1989 New York State Youth of the Year
Guest on numerous Sports radio shows