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  08/08/21 - Charles WilliamsrSr/2022, UNLV, 5-09, 200 (DS#43 RB) + More +

  The demands of being a football player at UNLV and a young father collided on Tuesday for senior running back Charles Williams. It meant he couldn't accompany his four-month-old daughter, Kamiyah, to her doctor's appointment. She was due for a round of booster shots and Williams didn't want to miss out on the milestone. So when he finally had his first break of the day, he FaceTimed his girlfriend, Mika, with the hope of comforting his baby girl: "Hey, you're going to be OK. … These shots are going to go well," he told her. "That was something to me like 'Yeah, this dude gets it,'" said David Wedley, who works with the football team as a director of student-athlete academic services. "He understands. He's mature. It's the final stamp of approval for this young man and what everybody thinks of him."

Williams is back at UNLV for his sixth and final season as one of the most productive players in school history. He's the program's first academic All-American. He'll juggle graduate courses this fall with his family and football as he approaches the school's career rushing record. Duties befit for one of the program's leaders "He's mature. He's got a good voice in the locker room...Those are culture things that are going to resonate," said Rebels coach Marcus Arroyo. "I'm excited to see him healthy in our system." - Las Vegas Review Journal


(DS#43 RB) rSr/2022 RB Charles WilliamsUNLV
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  08/08/21 - Tate MartellrSr/2022, UNLV, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Tate Martell did not suit up on the first day of UNLV training camp, but it's only a matter of time before the high-profile transfer jumps into the team's quarterback battle. UNLV opened camp on Wednesday with a two-hour practice session, and the addition of Martell has instilled some hope around the program, even coming off an 0-6 campaign in 2020. The team kept him out of sight during the portion of Wednesday's practice that was open to the media, but he later joined the team on the field as a nonparticipant.

Head coach Marcus Arroyo said Martell, who has enrolled as a walk-on, has not yet been cleared to practice. "We had a conversation over summer a few times, and over the time we got a chance to know each other," Arroyo said. "About our backgrounds and what we were both looking for, what our culture stands for, trying to get a feel for where he's at, what he's looking for, if there was a fit." Arroyo said there is no timeline for when Martell will be cleared to play, but when it happens the fifth-year transfer should immediately enter the team's quarterback battle as a heavy favorite to win the job. Junior Justin Rogers and sophomore Doug Brumfield are currently listed as co-No. 1 QBs, with freshman Cameron Friel also competing for snaps. Martell, a former state champion and Gatorade National Player of the Year at Bishop Gorman, committed to UNLV two weeks ago after spending his first three years at Ohio State and Miami. - Las Vegas Sun


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Tate MartellUNLV
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  07/29/21 - Tate MartellrSr/2022, UNLV, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Former Bishop Gorman star quarterback Tate Martell will play football at UNLV this season. Martell announced his decision commitment through an interview with Franchise Sports Media. A person with knowledge of the situation said that he's walking on to the team as an "athlete," though the 23-year-old told Franchise Sports Media that he had other opportunities to play elsewhere on scholarship. "Honestly, this is where I want to be and who I want to play for," Martell told Franchise Sports Media. "UNLV checked off all the boxes for me on and off of the field. But I just want to come in, grind and compete. Just put my head down and work and be a leader and a person Coach (Marcus) Arroyo, the coaching staff, and my teammates can trust and count on."

Martell guided the Gaels to three consecutive mythical national championships and concluded his high school career in 2016 with one of the most impressive resumes in prep football history. He committed verbally to Washington and Texas A&M before signing with Ohio State as one of the top quarterback recruits in the class of 2017. He redshirted in 2017 and backed up future NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins the following season. He transferred to Miami in 2019 and played sparingly behind quaterbacks Jarren Williams and N'Kosi Perry. He did not play in 2020. - Las Vegas Review Journal


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Tate MartellUNLV
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  07/28/21 - Tate MartellrSr/2022, UNLV, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell's nomadic college career has taken him back to where it all started. Per multiple reports, the Las Vegas native will next play at UNLV. Martell, who most recently played for Washington, has two years of eligibility remaining. Martell first committed to Washington as a 14-year old in 2012 - exactly nine years ago Sunday. The four-star prospect ranked No. 56 in the 2017 class per the 247 Sports composite eventually decommitted, then committed to and decommitted from Texas A&M, before choosing Ohio State. Martell played six games as a redshirt freshman behind Dwayne Haskins in 2018. He threw for 269 yards and a touchdown on 23 of 28 passing and rushed for two touchdowns. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Tate MartellUNLV
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  07/25/21 - Charles WilliamsrSr/2022, UNLV, 5-09, 200 (DS#43 RB) + More +

  The Mountain West released its preseason football poll Thursday ahead of its annual media days at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and UNLV is in a familiar place. At the bottom. The Rebels were picked to finish last in the conference's West Division by a panel of the league's media, garnering a total of 26 points - the fewest among the 12 teams in the league. Rival UNR was picked first in the West, earning 19 votes and a total of 141 points. Boise State was picked to win the Mountain Division for the ninth consecutive season. UNLV coach Marcus Arroyo said the Rebels "pay very little attention" to the preseason poll, but noted that "if we start worrying about that stuff, we're worried about the wrong stuff." "What anybody decides where you get picked has nothing to do with your football team. We don't control that," he said. "The only thing we control is how we play and how we work together." - Las Vegas Review Journal

(DS#43 RB) rSr/2022 RB Charles WilliamsUNLV
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  07/25/21 - Kyle WilliamsSo/2024, UNLV, 6-0, 175 (DS#83 WR) + More +

  One day after UNLV football was picked to finish last in the Mountain West preseason poll, the scarlet and gray were shut out of the MWC All-Conference team. The league released its All-MWC teams on Thursday, with 11 players on offense and 11 on defense (plus four special teams selections), and no UNLV players were deemed worthy of inclusion. UNLV running back Charles Williams made the preseason All-MWC team last year, but after a season in which he posted 495 yards and four touchdowns in six games, he was beaten out by Fresno State's Ronnie Rivers and Wyoming's Xazavian Valladay. The two UNLV players with the best cases were wide receiver Kyle Williams and linebacker Jacoby Windmon. Williams won Freshman of the Year honors in 2020 by catching 35 passes for 426 yards and two touchdowns, while Windmon enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign in which he logged 39 tackles, 5.0 and 6.5 tackles for loss. - Las Vegas Sun

(DS#83 WR) So/2024 WR Kyle WilliamsUNLV
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  04/12/21 - Charles WilliamsrSr/2022, UNLV, 5-09, 200 (DS#43 RB) + More +

  Charles Williams has done a lot during his time at UNLV. The sixth-year running back has a 1,000-yard season, 19 career touchdowns and an All-Mountain West selection to his name. But his biggest accomplishment came last week, when he welcomed his daughter into the world. The first-time father said his daughter, Kamiyah, weighed in at six pounds, six ounces and measured 20 inches (she got her height from her mom, the 5-foot-9 Williams said). "It was a great experience watching her come into the world," Williams said. "I was speechless … She makes me happy every day I come home. I'm glad I've got her in my life now." The sure-handed back said that handling a newborn is not all that different from securing the football. "Basically the same: Don't drop it," Williams said. - Las Vegas Sun

(DS#43 RB) rSr/2022 RB Charles WilliamsUNLV
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  02/04/21 - Jordan JakesrSo/2024, UNLV, 6-5, 214 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  UNLV added to its 2020-21 football recruiting class with the announcement of three midyear transfers on Wednesday's national signing day. The Rebels brought in two transfers from Power Five schools, Indiana wide receiver Jordan Jakes and Oregon running back Jayvaun Wilson, and one junior college transfer, Cerritos College (California) offensive lineman Brandon Logan. Jakes is a 6-foot-5-inch, 215-pound receiver who gives the Rebels the tall threat they lost with the departure of Randal Grimes. They hope Jakes, whose father, Van, played cornerback for six seasons in the NFL, will be a strong complement to Mountain West Freshman of the Year Kyle Williams. - Review Journal

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2024 WR Jordan JakesUNLV
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  01/28/21 - Tate MartellrSr/2022, UNLV, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  It appears quarterback Tate Martell's football career is not over. Martell, the 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year and former wildly popular Ohio State Buckeye before he transferred to Miami in January 2019, entered the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday. The news was first reported by 247Sports, which later reported that redshirt junior running back Robert Burns, who had only 16 carries in 2020, has also entered the portal. Martell had opted out of the 2020 football season after the NCAA allowed it because of the coronavirus pandemic. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Tate MartellUNLV
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  01/21/21 - Kenyon ObladrJr/2023, UNLV, 6-2, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  UNLV quarterback Kenyon Oblad announced Tuesday afternoon on Twitter he has entered the NCAA's transfer portal. Oblad, a Liberty High School product, has three years of eligibility remaining. He said there were a lot of factors that went into his decision to leave the Rebels. The 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pounder was 167-for-308 (54.2 percent) passing for 2,081 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions while leading UNLV to a 3-5 record as a redshirt freshman. That record included a 33-30 overtime win over UNR in the Battle for the Fremont Cannon, in which he tossed a 19-yard touchdown to Steve Jenkins for the game-winner. - Las Vegas Review

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Kenyon ObladUNLV
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  01/06/21 - Jayvaun WilsonrSo/2024, UNLV, 6-1, 212 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  A second Oregon player has entered the transfer portal this offseason. Reserve running back Jayvaun Wilson, entered the portal on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Wilson, a redshirt freshman, did not appear in a game during his two seasons at UO. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2024 RB Jayvaun WilsonUNLV
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  01/02/21 - Connor MurphyrSr/2022, UNLV, 6-6, 270 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Redshirt senior defensive end Connor Murphy became the latest USC player to announce his intent to play elsewhere next season. With the NCAA affording players an additional year of eligibility because of the pandemic, Murphy will have an extra available season to use wherever he may land. Murphy came to USC as a four-star prospect at outside linebacker, but never quite found a consistent role in the rotation. This season, with a new defensive staff in place, his playing time at defensive end diminished even further. Murphy played in three of six games this season, registering three tackles and a fumble recovery. - Los Angeles Times

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Connor MurphyUNLV
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  12/17/20 - Jacoby WindmonJr/2023, UNLV, 6-2, 215 (DS#39 OLB) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Jacoby Windmon, DL,...Windmon (New Orleans/John Ehret High School) led the Rebels in quarterback sacks with five. His sacks-per-game average of .83 tied for fourth in the MW and 20th in the nation. The sophomore finished second on the team with 39 total tackles and added two pass breakups and a forced fumble. Even playing just six games, his sack total was the highest by a Rebel in a season since 2013. - UNLV Football

(DS#39 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Jacoby WindmonUNLV
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  12/15/20 - Kyle WilliamsSo/2024, UNLV, 6-0, 175 (DS#83 WR) + More +

  2020 MOUNTAIN WEST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): KYLE WILLIAMS, WR, UNLV,...Fifth UNLV player to earn the MW Freshman of the Year honor and first since Armani Rogers in 2017...Becomes just the sixth wide receiver to earn the award...Ranks third in the nation among all freshmen with 5.8 receptions per game, a figure which ranks sixth in the MW...Set the program record for receptions per game by a freshman...Eighth in the league with 71.0 receiving yards per contest...Led the Rebels in receptions (35) and receiving yards (426)...Recorded single-game career highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (144) at Hawai'i on Dec. 12. - Mountain West Conference Football

(DS#83 WR) So/2024 WR Kyle WilliamsUNLV
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  12/09/20 - Max GilliamrSr/2022, UNLV, 6-2, 200 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  UNLV quarterback Max Gilliam recently had an unexpected star turn, appearing in a multi-episode arc on the Bravo TV reality show "Below Deck." The show, in its eighth season, focuses on the crew of a yacht and the rotating cast of clients who charter the vessel. Gilliam's first appearance aired last month. He was identified in the episode as a "star quarterback at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas." So what is Gilliam, a native of Thousand Oaks, California, who is sharing first-team reps at quarterback at UNLV, doing on a reality series in the Caribbean? The team, which is scheduled to play its final game of the season Saturday at Hawaii, declined to make Gilliam available to discuss it. A UNLV spokesman said coach Marcus Arroyo did not have a comment.

This much we know about the show: Unlike many reality series, charter guests don't get paid for appearances. According to BravoTV.com, the guests pay to charter the boats, which cost between $140,000 and $175,000 a week during the show's first two seasons. Also, the guests are expected to provide a generous tip at the end of their voyage. While all indications are that Gilliam was not compensated for his appearance on the show, it would have been allowed under a new NCAA ruling that allows college athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model. - Las Vegas Review Journal


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Max GilliamUNLV
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