LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: Dionza Bradford #33 of the UNLV Rebels scores a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium November 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
For reasons unknown UNLV Rebels running back Dionza Bradford abruptly left the football team. Head coach Brady Hauck made the announcement on Monday and due to privacy laws all Hauck could say is that Bradford left for personal reasons.
This is a big blow for the UNLV football team since Bradford was the teams second leading rusher with 615 yards on a 4.6 per carry average and three rushing touchdowns. Bradford was likely to back up Tim Cornett, but now that responsibility falls to 5-foot-7, 190-pound junior Bradley Randle who rushed for nearly 500 yards last year.
The real concern comes at the third-string position which now will go to senior Imari Thompson. Thompson has missed two full seasons to injury, has primarily been a special teams player and has rushed for only 24 total yards in his career.
Whatever goes wrong for UNLV, seems to always go wrong. Hauck may now have to turn to a linebacker to convert to running back just to have enough depth incase any of the three running backs go down with any sort of injury, or a better option could be to grab a junior college running back who has yet to sign with a team.
UNLV better hope that Cornett has an injury-free season.