On Friday, UNLV received some bad news in the form of an injury when it was announced that starting wide receiver Kendal Keys will miss the entire year after undergoing surgery to repair a lateral meniscus.
Originally from San Diego, California, Keys was again positioned to team up with fellow junior wideout Devonte Boyd as the Rebels’ starting duo.
“He’s a great player. You don’t have a lot of big 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receivers. You miss him,” head coach Tony Sanchez said via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Other guys are going to have to pick up the slack.”
Now, however, the team will have to rely on sophomore Brandon Presley (who only recorded three receptions last season) to fill that role. In 2015, Keys had 43 receptions for 515 yards and six touchdowns.
The injury also turns what might have been a strength for UNLV into a weakness as the depth at receiver is populated by freshman, most notably Darren Woods Jr.
While this latest injury news is a major setback, the Rebels can look at this situation through a ‘glass half full’ perspective and take this time to find out what their newest crop of receivers are capable of this season.
UNLV opens their season on Sept. 1 at home against Jackson State.