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Aztecs May Have Their Hands Full With UNLV's Armani Rogers

The Rebels are a different offense with him on the field.

November 08, 2018 - 1:08 pm

The Aztecs (7-2) will play their second to last home game of the year Saturday night against the UNLV Rebels (2-7). The records might look lopsided but there is a wrinkle that could make it interesting for the Aztecs. 

UNLV's 4 star recruit, QB Armani Rogers, may be healthy enough to play in this week's game. The Rebels lost him to a toe injury a month ago and they have been on a losing streak ever since. In fact, they have lost 6 straight games. 

Out of 129 teams, the Rebels rank 122nd in points allowed by giving up 39.9 points per game. Keep in mind though, 5 of those games were without Rogers, which means backup quarterback Max Gilliam wasn't getting it done and leaving the defense on the field. 

Rogers is not just a passer, he may be an even better runner. He is averaging an astounding 18 rushes per game, 122 yards per game, 7.3 yards per carry, and has 6 touchdowns rushing on the year. The news is that UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez is staying pretty quiet on his quarterback's status, which I think is all a game to make the Aztecs' coaches have to prepare for both. 

Although the Rebels are having a lost season, that doesn't mean it's an easy win. As Rocky Long likes to remind us media, the Aztecs only play close games. They have a knack dor being a little dramatic. 

The Aztecs have some quarterback news of their own. Christian Chapman regained his starting role last week with an impressive performance, but in the weekly Rocky Long press conference, he said that Ryan Agnew will see a series and Christian Chapman will start, the opposite of last week's situation. 

I'm not sure what the point of it is but I trust the ol' ball coach Rocky Long.

Jeff McBrayer and I talked about why Rocky Long would do this, and broke down the dangerous Armani Rogers.