In his weekly press conference, UNLV coach Tony Sanchez provided more insight into this weekends’ game against the UCLA Bruins. The two teams met up last year at Sam Boyd stadium and UCLA got the best of the Rebels as they cruised to a 37-3 victory.
This time, the game will take place in Los Angeles at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night. To prepare for the primetime showdown against UCLA, coach Sanchez plans to have the team travel to the stadium to have their walk-through.
When asked why he decided to do so, coach Sanchez stated that it was a way to get the team to visualize playing at the Rose Bowl under the lights, but added that this is something that the team does for every road game.
When asked how they plan to attack the Bruins, Sanchez suggested that they would be going with a physical approach, relying on the running game which would include heavy doses of Lexington Thomas and Charles Williams. Thomas, of course, is coming off of a big game against Jackson State in which he carried the ball 11 times for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
In addition to playing physical on offense, the game plan on defense will be to pressure the quarterback. With only one sack against Jackson State last week, coach Sanchez was questioned on whether or not he was worried heading into this week.
He disregarded the question, stating that this week’s game plan was different from last week’s, but agreed that the team must get pressure on Josh Rosen and force him to throw off of his left foot.
On the injury front, it was revealed that wide receiver Brandon Presley will miss the game with a foot injury and quarterback Kurt Palandech is banged up with a shoulder injury and a sore bicep. As a result, he will be the number three quarterback behind redshirt freshman Dalton Sneed.
The Rebels take on UCLA this Saturday night at 5 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.
You can watch the full press conference here:
Also here is the depth chart to reflect those who are out.