2012 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Football Preview
2011 Record: 2-10 (1-6 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Bobby Hauck, third season (4-21 at UNLV) (84-38 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 15
Spring Game: April 20th
Notes: Hauck is in the third, and final year, of his contract at UNLV. The Rebels won’t have to fire Hauck if there is another disappointing season. During the Notre Dame-Stanford game in 209, ABC’s Brent Musberger urged UNLV to contact then-Montana coach Bobby Hauck about the head-coaching job with the Rebels. Many have forgotten about Musberger’s endorsement, but we haven’t – which is why hires shouldn’t take place based on what a play-by-play guy says.
BVTSB Take: After trashing Hauck, we will say this – the guy was very successful at Montana. Further, for some reason, UNLV is a tough place to win at. The Rebels were last in a bowl game in 2000, the last time UNLV had a winning record, under then-coach John Robinson. UNLV has had a losing season each year since 2004. Short of a marked improvement, Hauck will be gone at the end of the season. The Runnin’ Rebels have a fairly favorable schedule, hosting Northern Arizona, Air Force (who returns only seven starters), New Mexico, and Wyoming. Quarterback Caleb Herring is back and should be starting, but Sean Reilly could still win the starting spot. The Rebels return running back Tim Cornett, but their top three wide receivers in 2011 graduated; the receivers accounted for 72.8% of their receiving yards. We don’t see UNLV getting to bowl eligibility, but because wide receivers are easier to replace than running backs and quarterbacks, we don’t see any reason why they can’t improve on last season’s win total, though it will be tough.
2012 Early Projection: 2-11
To see the 2012 Mountain West composite schedule, click here.
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