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  11/30/23 - Jose PizanorSr/2024, UNLV + More +

  2023 MOUNTAIN WEST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JOSE PIZANO, SENIOR, PK, UNLV,...UNLV's first MW Special Teams Player of the Year...Is 23-for-25 on field goals this season, ranking eighth in the FBS with a field-goal percentage of .920...Is fourth in the FBS with 23 field goals, 1.92 field goals per game and 120 total points scored...Ranks sixth in the FBS with 10.0 points per game...Had a streak of 19 consecutive made field goals this season, which is tied for the second-longest streak in MW history...Matched the MW record with six field goals against Colorado State on Oct. 21. Scored a total of 19 points on the day to tie for third in a game in MW history...Three-time MW Special Teams Player of the Week this season...Twice named one of the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award Stars of the Week and was the College Football Network Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 8...Semifinalist for the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award. - Mountain West Football

rSr/2024 K Jose PizanoUNLV
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  11/26/23 - Matthew SlukarSr/2025, UNLV + More +

  2023 PATRIOT LEAGUE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Sr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial...2023 Stats: 11 GP, 122-of-197 passing for 1,728 yards, 20 TD passes, 5 INTs, 164.0 pass efficiency, 186 rushes, 1,247 yards, 9 TDs, 6.7 yds/carry,...Sluka is a three-time All-Patriot League selection, earning first-team accolades twice, guiding Holy Cross to at least a share of a Patriot League record five straight League titles.

The two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week also earned FedEx Ground FCS National Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 23 after breaking a single-game FCS record for rushing yards by a QB with 330 vs. Lafayette. He finished the season with 1,247 rushing yards, tops among FCS QBs and ranks 11th in Patriot League history with 3,583 career rushing yards and ninth with 38 career rushing touchdowns. The two-time Walter Payton Award finalist finished seventh among FCS quarterbacks in pass efficiency (162.9) and 17th in touchdown passes (20) while placing 10 in points responsible for per game (16.0). - Patriot League Football


rSr/2025 QB Matthew SlukaUNLV
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  02/02/23 - Jaxen TurnerrSr/2024, UNLV + More +

  Former Arizona safety Jaxen Turner announced on Wednesday that he's transferring to UNLV to play for first-year head coach Barry Odom. Turner, a three-year starter for the Wildcats, joined Arizona in 2019 under the Kevin Sumlin regime and played 33 games at the UA - 23 in the last two seasons.

Turner, a 6-2, 210-pound Moreno Valley, California native, started in 11 games this past season for Arizona and tallied a team-high 79 tackles, along with two interceptions (UA had four as a team), three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Turner made a career-high 13 tackles in Arizona's loss to Oregon. Turner was part of Arizona's safety tandem alongside Christian Young, who is out of eligibility and preparing for the NFL draft. - Arizona Star News


rSr/2024 SS Jaxen TurnerUNLV
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  01/11/23 - Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV + More +

  Arkansas football transfer safety Jalen Catalon committed to Texas. Catalon has battled injuries the past two seasons after earning First Team All-SEC honors in 2020. He has played in seven total games the past two seasons; Catalon played in the 2022 season opener (recording 8 total tackles against Cincinnati) before missing the final 11 games with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Catalon finishes his Arkansas career with 159 total tackles, including 3 1/2 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and 14 pass defenses in 21 games over four seasons. The native of Masnfield, Texas, listed as a redshirt junior, has two years of eligibility remaining. - SW Times

rSr/2025 SS Jalen CatalonUNLV
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  12/18/22 - Adam Plant Jr.Sr/2023, UNLV + More +

  2022 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: DL - Adam Plant, Jr., Sr., UNLV,...Plant Jr., a product of Las Vegas' own Bishop Gorman High School, ranks fifth in the league with eight quarterback sacks and is tied for the MW lead with three forced fumbles to go with 62 total tackles and a team-leading 13.5 TFL. His sack total is tied for seventh in UNLV single-season history and is the most since Ryan Claridge posted nine in 2004. The former TCU transfer also upped his career sacks number to 15, which ties Leon Moore (2002-05) for seventh in school history. Plant is the first true DE from UNLV to earn first or second team All-MW since Jeremy Geathers was second team in 2006. - UNLV Football

Sr/2023 DE Adam Plant Jr.UNLV
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  12/18/22 - Austin AjiakerSr/2023, UNLV + More +

  2022 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: LB - Austin Ajiake, Sr., UNLV,...Ajiake (AH-g-kay) leads the Mountain West and sits third in the nation with 132 total tackles this season, a number that ties him for fourth in UNLV single-season history. The Fremont, California, native, who was honorable mention a year ago, becomes the first Rebel linebacker to be named first team since Tau Lotulelei in 2016. The Sept. 26 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week also added 11 tackles-for-loss, four quarterback sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. - UNLV Football

rSr/2023 OLB Austin AjiakeUNLV
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  2022 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: PK - Daniel Gutierrez, Sr., UNLV,...Gutierrez, who was also Honorable Mention in 2021, is the first Rebel kicker to be named either first or second team since Nolan Kohorst in 2012. He rewrote his program's record book with a final season that included making 94.7% of his field goal attempts (18-of-19) and going a perfect 34-for-34 in extra points. In addition to breaking his own school record by making 17 consecutive field goals, he made a stunning 11 three-pointers in the final three games of the regular season (including a school-best five in one game vs. Fresno State for a school-record 16 total points) and became only the third Rebel in history named conference player of the week four times during a career (three times in 2022). Overall, the Los Angeles native has kicked more field goals (55) in a more efficient manner (85.9%) as part of scoring more total points (280) than anyone to ever pull on a UNLV uniform. - UNLV Football

rSr/2023 K Daniel GutierrezUNLV
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  12/03/22 - Matthew SlukarSr/2025, UNLV + More +

  Matthew Sluka accounted for three touchdowns, Peter Oliver ran for 175 yards and scored twice, and No. 8-seed Holy Cross was never threatened in its 35-19 win over New Hampshire in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. The Crusaders (12-0) never trailed. They advance to play the winner between top-ranked South Dakota State and Delaware. Oliver's 39-yard touchdown run with 7:27 left in the first quarter finished a six-play, 63-yard drive set up after Crusaders safety Walter Reynolds came up with the first of three interceptions of New Hampshire quarterback Max Brosmer. Holy Cross pulled away after a 7-5 halftime lead with two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters. Oliver ran it in from the 4 four minutes into the second half. Later, Sluka threw a 5-yard score to Jalen Coker with 4:17 left in the third for a 21-5 advantage.

That score was set up when Reynolds got his second interception, picking off Brosmer after the ball bounced off the outstretched hand of running back Dylan Laube. Reynolds intercepted the ball at the Crusaders' 30-yard line and didn't stop running until being pushed out of bounds at the Wildcats' 19-yard line. New Hampshire responded with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that lasted a mere 2:10 and ended when Brosmer threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Kyle Lepkowski. That play reduced the deficit to 21-11 just before the end of the third but Holy Cross closed the door when Sluka ran it in from the 3 to end a 10-play, 75-yard drive that lasted more than six minutes. Sluka ran for a pair of scores and carried it 12 times for 103 yards. Oliver amassed his 175 yards on 30 carries. Brosmer threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns to go along with the three interceptions. Holy Cross earned a first-round bye and was hosting a second-round game for the first time in program history. - Holy Cross/AP College Football


rSr/2025 QB Matthew SlukaUNLV
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  12/01/22 - Jose PizanorSr/2024, UNLV + More +

  2022 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: PK Jose Pizano,...Pizano scored a team-high 71 points on a perfect 35-of-35 extra points and 12-of-16 field goals for the season. He ended the year by extending his career streak to 69 consecutive PAT's made and converted eight straight field goals from Oct. 1 to Nov. 19. He ranks second in the MVFC in FG accuracy (.750), fourth in FG per game (1.09) and sixth in scoring (6.5). Pizano was 3-for-3 on field goals and 7-of-7 on extra points vs. Western Illinois on Nov. 5 to break MSU's single-game kick-scoring record (16 points) and earn MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The 2022 Preseason All-MVFC second teamer is a Fred Mitchell Award Finalist, was a 2021 FCS All-American and earned All-MVFC second team honors in 2021 as well as the split 2020-21 campaign. - Missouri State Football

rSr/2024 K Jose PizanoUNLV
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  UNLV fired football coach Marcus Arroyo, athletic director Erick Harper announced on Monday. Arroyo went 7-23 over three seasons. He had two years left on his $7.7 million contract. Harper said Arroyo would be paid a $2.3 million over the remainder of that term. Kenwick Thompson will serve as the interim coach if UNLV, which is 5-7, is invited to a bowl. The Rebels began this season 4-1 before going on a six-game losing streak. - AP College Football

rJr/2025 QB Doug BrumfieldUNLV
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  NOV 28 MOUNTAIN WEST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DANIEL GUTIERREZ, UNLV, Senior, Place-Kicker, Los Angeles, California/Granada Hills Charter HS,...Scored nine points in UNLV's 27-22 victory over in-state rival Nevada...Was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and was 3-for-3 on PATs...Connected on a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter. - Mountain West Football

rSr/2023 K Daniel GutierrezUNLV
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  NOV 28 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JOHNATHAN BALDWIN, UNLV, Sophomore, Safety, Houston, Texas/Frank Dobie HS,...In UNLV's 27-22 win against in-state rival Nevada, tallied eight tackles, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one interception...Ended the first quarter by scooping up a Wolf Pack fumble and returning it 55 yards for a touchdown...In the third quarter, intercepted a Nevada pass in Rebel territory before returning it 15 yards...Late in the fourth quarter, broke up a game-winning touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal from the three-yard line to secure the victory...Seven of eight tackles were solo stops. - Mountain West Football

Jr/2025 SS Johnathan BaldwinUNLV
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  2022 ALL-CAA FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: Donavyn Lester, William & Mary, FB/HB, Sr.,...Rushed for 446 yards with seven touchdowns in eight games...Averaging 55.7 yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry...Five of his touchdowns came in conference play. - William & Mary Football

rSr/2024 RB Donavyn LesterUNLV
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  11/27/22 - Matthew SlukarSr/2025, UNLV + More +

  2022 ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: QB: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr.,...Sluka earned All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season and first team honors for the first time. In 2022, Sluka paced a Holy Cross offense that averaged 39.1 points per game, ranking fifth in FCS. He completed 135 of his 224 attempts for 2,301 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, with only three interceptions on the year, while also running for eight touchdowns and a team-high 918 rushing yards. He recorded over 100 rushing yards in four different games this season. Sluka earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors and the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Trophy following the Crusaders' 53-52 overtime win over Fordham, in which he passed for 291 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 174 yards and one additional touchdown. - Holy Cross Football

rSr/2025 QB Matthew SlukaUNLV
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  11/21/22 - Matthew SlukarSr/2025, UNLV + More +

  NOV 21 PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial,...Sluka completed 12-of-15 passes for a career-best 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Crusaders to a 47-10 victory at Georgetown. He also rushed for 77 yards to help Holy Cross finish the season with an undefeated 11-0 record, the first League team to accomplish that feat since 2003. - Patriot League Football

rSr/2025 QB Matthew SlukaUNLV
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