The UNLV Runnin Rebels could start to compete in the Mountain West over the next few years and that will likely begin with the 2016 season. It certainly seems like they are looking to make a big impact this year and quarterback Johnny Stanton will be a part of that.
Stanton began his career at Nebraska in 2014, but saw that he wasn’t going to be able to play over Tommy Armstrong Jr. He decided to leave after his freshman season and spent a year at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California.
During the 2015 season with the Gauchos, he threw for over 3,400 yards and 27 touchdowns before transferring to UNLV. On Tuesday, he was named the team’s starting quarterback for the opening game against Jackson State tomorrow night.
Stanton beat out junior Kurt Palandech for the starting job going into the season. Palandech had a lot of experience for the Runnin’ Rebels after playing in 11 games and recording 794 yards and nine touchdowns against five interceptions.
It should be a fun year for Stanton and UNLV certainly hopes he can make a big impact in 2016.