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UNLV fired up as Jackson State arrives for opener

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UNLV football players practice in preparation for the 2016 season. (Source: FOX5) UNLV football players practice in preparation for the 2016 season. (Source: FOX5)
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The college football season is upon us. On Thursday, UNLV will kick things off at home against Jackson State.

On Wednesday night, Jackson State’s decorated marching band put on a show for locals. The band will also perform during halftime.

Jackson State brought all 350 members of its award-winning band, thanks to the efforts of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly.

The Mississippi school is among a group of historically black institutions and is one of three such schools that will visit Las Vegas for games over the next three years.

“To be able to bring this rich and pure history from the South and mix it with that good old Rebel spirit, it makes for a great Labor Day weekend,” Weekly said.

“These young people today, and looking at these students saying, ‘I can do that and I have opportunities’ – this is what’s right about college athletics,” UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer Murphy said.

UNLV will begin the season with a lot of hope. The team has been noticeably better in training camp, and it’s hoped that will translate to wins. Head coach Tony Sanchez said the Rebels will get Jackson State’s best shot.

“It’s week one and everyone’s fired up. We’ve all put in the good work in the spring and all summer. We’ve gone through a grueling camp, so everyone is fired up for payday, and that’s what game day is, it’s payday. It’s the carrot at the end of the stick,” Sanchez said. “They’ll be fired up and ready to go, but we will, too. We’ve just got to go out and execute at a high level.”

Station Casinos has UNLV favored by 37 points. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium.  

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