Jai’Den Thomas, Top UNLV vs. UTEP Players to Watch – Week 4

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 18, 2023

At 9:00 PM ET on Saturday, the UNLV Rebels (2-1) play at the UTEP Miners (1-3).

Last time out, the Rebels took the loss against the Michigan Wolverines, 35-7. The Miners lost in their last outing by a final score of 31-10 against the Arizona Wildcats.

In that last outing for the Rebels, Jayden Maiava completed 19 of 33 passing attempts (57.6%) and totaled 261 yards through the air, completing one touchdown pass but giving away one interception and one touchdown as a rusher. Jai’Den Thomas had 13 rushing attempts and wound up with 50 yards and one touchdown. Ricky White ended the contest with 12 catches for 165 yards.

For the Miners in their last game, Gavin Hardison completed 15 of 31 passing attempts (48.4%) and totaled 228 yards through the air. Deion Hankins had nine rushing attempts and wound up with 34 yards. Torrance Burgess Jr. ended the contest with three catches for 78 yards.

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UNLV Players to Watch

  • Maiava leads his team with 369 passing yards (123 per game) and has a 60.9% completion percentage (28-of-46), throwing one touchdown pass and one interception. He also has 55 rushing yards on 11 carries (with one touchdown), averaging 18.3 yards per game.
  • Vincent Davis has rushed for a team-leading 114 yards on 14 carries (38 yards per game) while scoring one touchdown.
  • Thomas has 111 yards on 26 carries (37 ypg), with three rushing touchdowns.
  • This season White has 16 catches and leads the team with 201 yards (67 per game).
  • Jacob De Jesus has chipped in with 158 yards (on 12 catches) and one touchdown.
  • Senika McKie has caught seven passes for 55 yards, averaging 18.3 yards per game this year.

UTEP Players to Watch

  • This campaign, Hardison has racked up 722 passing yards (180.5 yards per game) while connecting on 59 of 98 passes (60.2% completion percentage), with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
  • Hankins has rushed for a team-leading 289 yards on 55 carries (72.3 yards per game) while scoring one touchdown.
  • So far this year Burgess Jr. has rushed for 199 yards on 37 carries (49.8 ypg), with one rushing touchdown. Burgess Jr. also figures in the passing game, catching five passes for 87 yards (21.8 ypg).
  • This season Tyrin Smith has 19 receptions for a team-high 191 receiving yards (47.8 per game) and one touchdown.
  • Kelly Akharaiyi’s stat line this year shows 10 catches for 161 yards and one touchdown. He puts up 53.7 receiving yards per game.
  • This season Jeremiah Ballard is averaging 39.5 yards per game, with 10 catches for 158 yards.

UNLV vs. UTEP Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
UNLV -1 -108 -112 50 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Off. Points per Game (Rank) 30.3 (73) 14.8 (111)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 28.7 (90) 25 (109)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 4 (60) 6 (98)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 6 (23) 2 (105)

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