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Promising RB Bradford leaves team

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--RB Dionza Bradford, who finished just nine yards shy of breaking the school's freshman rushing record (624 yards) set by James Wofford, quit the team midway through spring drills for what was described as "personal reasons." The 6-foot, 210-pounder had three 100-yard rushing games as a freshman including an impressive 152-yard effort at New Mexico.

--Third-year head coach Bobby Hauck changed his coordinators on both sides of the ball following a 2-10 finish in 2011. Tight ends coach Brent Myers was promoted to offensive coordinator in place of Rob Phenicie, who stayed on as quarterbacks coach. Defensive backs coach J.D. Williams takes over as defensive coordinator for Kraig Paulson, who also remained on the staff as assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach.

SPRING MOVERS

RB Tim Cornett -- The 6-foot, 205-pound junior, who will attempt to lead the team in rushing for a third straight year, was easily the team's offensive MVP during the spring and looks primed to make a strong run for the Mountain West rushing title.

WR Marcus Sullivan -- The explosive sophomore, who redshirted in 2011 after an impressive freshman debut, will be a key cog in UNLV's passing game next season following the departures of longtime starters Phillip Payne and Michael Johnson. He is also an outstanding kick returner who finished second in the Mountain West in that category as a freshman with a 27.9 average.

MLB Taylor Barnhill -- The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder started two games at quarterback for the Rebels last season as a freshman where he did most of his job as a runner. He was moved to middle linebacker prior to spring drills and finished No. 2 on the depth chart.

DE James Boyd -- He played on defense only for the final scrimmage but quickly showed why he was a second team USA Today All-American his senior year at Los Angeles Jordan High School. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, who spent most of the spring auditioning for the starting quarterback job, should give UNLV's anemic pass rush (just 14 sacks in 2011) a big boost at left defensive end.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's been a pretty close competition. We haven't made any decisions in that regard." -- UNLV coach Bobby Hauck on the starting quarterback battle between junior Caleb Herring, who started eight games in 2011, and promising redshirt freshman Nick Sherry.

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