As Desiree Reed-Francois takes control of the UNLV athletic department, it will still come down to the players and coaches to create success. As far as talent, the Rebels will have some of the best in the Mountain West, including Brandon McCoy, who is the No. 1 reason to celebrate Marvin Menzies’ second go with the Runnin’ Rebels. Here are three other athletes worth tuning in for.
The Rebel football team will be counting on a freshman as well. After redshirting last season, Rogers has been named the starting quarterback. For the first time, head coach Tony Sanchez has a quarterback he is confident about. Last season the team cycled through three quarterbacks due to injuries and poor play, and completed just 47 percent of passes, the fourth worst in the country. As one of the highest-rated recruits in program history, Rogers is likely to change that stat.
In 2016–2017 the Lady Rebels basketball team had a tremendous season, posting a 22–11 record and nabbing a spot in the coveted Women’s National Invitational Tournament. It was the Lady Rebels’ first postseason appearance since 2012. Senior guard Johnson will be the key to getting UNLV back to the postseason. She was second on the team in scoring last year and is a do-it-all star. She can play point guard, lock down the opponents’ best player and clean up on the glass.
Musovski is UNLV soccer. The prolific forward led the team in scoring last year with 12 goals and six assists despite missing four games due to injury. His role as star was never more apparent than in the 2–1 Rebel win over Air Force in the WAC Tournament Final. Musovski scored both UNLV goals; his teammates combined to take just one other shot. Musovski enters his senior year with 32 career goals, good for eighth all-time at UNLV. With another solid season in Las Vegas, he should be selected in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.