UNLV Football: Ranking 2022's Opposing Quarterbacks

UNLV Football: Ranking 2022's Opposing Quarterbacks

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UNLV Football: Ranking 2022's Opposing Quarterbacks

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5. San Jose State – Chevan Cordeiro

During his time with Hawaii, the Warriors won three of four matchups against UNLV but it wasn’t always easy. Cordeiro spurred a furious fourth-quarter rally back in 2018, but then he threw two interceptions in just nine attempts the following year and had perhaps his worst game of 2022 against the Rebels. The potential to create big plays with his arms and legs is still there, but might UNLV have figured something out that other teams have not?

4. Air Force – Haaziq Daniels

Daniels is criminally underrated among Mountain West quarterbacks, but Rebels fans probably know exactly how good he can be. After all, his Falcons mauled UNLV in last year’s season finale without even having to throw a pass.

He only had to carry the ball himself seven times in that blowout, but it’s worth remembering Daniels ran for 59 yards and shepherded an offense that ran for season highs in yards per carry (7.41) and rushing touchdowns (six).

3. Notre Dame – Tyler Buchner

The Fighting Irish got good quarterback play out of Jack Coan on the way to 11 wins and a Fiesta Bowl victory, but now it’s Buchner’s turn to play like a champion on Saturdays. Though he only threw 35 passes in 2021, he saw the field in ten different games and flashed a unique skill set, averaging 7.3 yards per carry on the ground with three touchdowns while averaging 8.5 yards per attempt through the air. Chances are there won’t be much drop-off, so the Rebels won’t have it easy in South Bend.

2. Utah State – Logan Bonner

After setting program records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season, what might Bonner do for an encore? Even with a mostly new set of pass catchers at his disposal, it’s hard to bet against the Aggies being in the mix for a conference title once again, so expect that Bonner will be back to business slinging it around at will.

1. Fresno State – Jake Haener

Despite nearly toppling the Bulldogs last fall, one reason the Rebels couldn’t finish the job is because Haener put in work (as he often did in 2021). In two career games against UNLV, he’s thrown for 542 yards and six touchdowns on 45-of-65 attempts; finding a way to reverse those fortunes might be easier said than done this year.

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