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PASADENA, Calif. Isaac Brizuela Mexico Jersey . -- UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen says he plays better with a little bit of adversity.Rosen has certainly faced and created plenty of adversity during the Bruins three-game losing streak dating back to the end of last season.After throwing seven interceptions in his first 11 collegiate games, Rosen has thrown seven in his last three games, including three in the Bruins 31-24 overtime loss at Texas A&M to open this season. With difficult games against BYU and Stanford ahead, UCLAs home opener against UNLV on Saturday offers Rosen the chance to clean up his play in a low-risk environment.Ive seen an increased sense of urgency in just the way he has approached everything, which is what we were hoping to see, seen it really throughout the whole team, coach Jim Mora said.An increased sense of composure could benefit Rosen as well.He threw a ball up for grabs while in the grasp of an Aggies defender, resulting in one interception, and an unexpected early snap resulted in another late in the fourth quarter.The Rebels (1-0) wont have the benefit of crowd noise or the Texas A&M pass rush, so UCLA (0-1) should get to refine its new offense intended to highlight Rosens arm strength and football intelligence.Rosen actually took more snaps in shotgun than from under center last week as UCLA rallied from a 15-point deficit to tie the game. That wasnt the plan for the physical pro-style offense new coordinator Kennedy Polamalu is implementing.Tight end Caleb Wilson, a transfer from Southern California, will see more playing time after impressing in training camp. A former high school quarterback, Wilson had one reception for 17 yards.Pairing him with Austin Roberts should allow Rosen to throw down the seams of the defense and reduce the pressure on a young group of wide receivers who dropped several passes against Texas A&M.Here are more things to know before the Bruins host the Rebels:INJURY ISSUES: UCLA could be without its top two edge rushers against UNLV. Defensive end Takkarist McKinley aggravated a groin injury against Texas A&M, and Mora said the senior is unlikely to play this week. Converted outside linebacker Deon Hollins did not play in the opener because of a concussion and is questionable. McKinley and Hollins combined for 18 1/2 sacks the last two seasons.FUN RUN: Led by Charles Williams 96 yards rushing and one touchdown, UNLV ran for 280 yards in its 63-13 win over Jackson State. But defensive lineman Nick Dehdashtian stole the show by returning a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown. The 290-pound Dehdashtian attended the same high school as UNLV starting quarterback Johnny Stanton.ALL OR NOTHING: UNLV is 4-15 against Pac-12 members, having never defeated Arizona, Oregon, USC, UCLA or Washington State. However, UNLV has a 3-2 mark against Oregon State and upset a ranked Arizona State team in 2008. UNLVs next game against a Pac-12 opponent will be in 2019 against the Trojans.FAMILIAR FOES: This will be the third straight season Rosen and UNLV coach Tony Sanchez face off. In 2014, Sanchezs Bishop Gorman High School defeated Rosen and St. John Bosco 34-31 in a nationally televised game between the top two prep school teams in the country, with Rosen throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns. UCLA also defeated UNLV 37-3 last season in Rosens first road start. Rosen was 22 of 42 for 223 yards with one touchdown and one interception.BOYD GAMING: UNLV receiver Devonte Boyd had four catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns last week against Jackson State, his ninth career game with more than 100 yards receiving. Boyd had three catches for 55 yards last season against UCLA, an impressive total as UNLV quarterbacks combined to complete only six passes for 56 yards. Guillermo Ochoa Jersey . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Jurgen Damm Jersey . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. http:///...exico-Jersey-Soccer/ . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Bill Snyder has always valued continuity, whether on the coaching staff or in the huddle.Its why four of his assistants, including co-offensive coordinators Dana Dimel and Del Miller, have spent at least 18 years at Kansas State. And why relative youngsters on the staff, such as Andre Coleman and Blake Seiler, played for the Wildcats before joining the profession.Its always significant, Snyder said, to have that kind of continuity where you dont have to go through the re-teaching or changing of things you firmly believe in, not that were not open to change. We certainly are. I love to entertain new thoughts, new ideas. ... But you hear some players get up and say, `Well, Ive gone through four coordinators in four years, and thats kind of tumultuous.We have been fortunate not to have to go through that over the last quarter of a decade.In truth, things have been fairly consistent at Kansas State for much longer, and Snyder is the reason for much of it. Sure, there was his brief retirement about a decade ago, but when he returned to the corner office in the Vanier Football Complex, it was as if nothing had changed.It took two years to get back to a bowl game. Now, the Wildcats have been to six straight.But as the 76-year-old Snyder enters his 26th season, there are growing rumblings that it may be his last. He needs seven wins to reach 200 for his career, a significant milestone, and the talent returning from an injury-plagued 2015 season means Kansas State could compete for another Big 12 title.Perhaps such success would make it the right time.The good thing about Coach Snyder is hes real consistent. Theres not a lot of surprises, said quarterback Jesse Ertz. Its the same thing, the same motto, the same work habits. Everything is, `Work hard and get better each day. I think its proven with how our teams usually do.As the Wildcats start another season with Snyder on the sideline, here are story lines to watch:SEASON OPENER: Lambasted for years for scheduling soft in the non-conference, thee Wildcats will visit Stanford on Sept. Rafael Marquez Mexico Jersey. 2 in one of the marquee games of college footballs first week.They take pride in being a tough and physical football team, said safety Dante Barnett, who missed much of last season with an injury. We can be a tough football team, too, so I cant wait.QUARTERBACK RACE: Ertz had a season-ending knee injury on the first series in the first game last season, and backup Alex Delton went down the following week. That left former walk-on Joe Hubener, and he struggled so often that wide receiver Kody Cook was pressed under center.All three quarterbacks are competing for the starting job, but it was Ertz who was chosen to help represent that team at the Big 12 media gathering in Dallas -- a sign of leadership, if nothing else.SPEAKING OF BIG D: The Wildcats figure to rely heavily on defense, which kept them in most games a year ago. Elijah Lee and Mike Moore are solid linebackers, Jordan Willis and Will Geary may be the best defensive tackle tandem in the Big 12 and Barnett is back to anchor a hard-hitting secondary.With all the experience that we had last year and all the players that had to play and step up for our team, we have all those players coming back. The skys the limit, Barnett said. When September rolls around we can go out there and show what we can really do.KEY GAMES: It doesnt get much bigger than Stanford in Week 1, especially with Florida Atlantic and Missouri State rounding out the non-conference. The Big 12 slate begins with West Virginia and Texas Tech, giving the Wildcats a chance to get off to a good start before the grind begins.PREDICTION: If the Wildcats can beat Stanford, they realistically could be 5-0 by the time they visit Oklahoma on Oct. 15. And while competing for a Big 12 title would take everything breaking right, its hard to imagine the Wildcats missing out on a bowl game for the first time since 2009. ' ' ' 
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