UNLV Football: Can Marcus Arroyo turn things around in 2020?

Kenyon Oblad, UNLV football (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Experienced offense looks to take step forward

There’s good news and bad news for Marcus Arroyo and offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas as they take over at UNLV.

The good? The Rebel offense they inherit returns nine starters, and the unit has six seniors and two juniors that are projected starters.

The bad? UNLV’s offense ranked just ninth in the Mountain West in scoring and total offense, and eighth in the conference in passing.

The number one priority in 2020 will be figuring out the quarterback position. Kenyon Oblad started eight games a year ago after Armani Rodgers went down with injury, and threw for 2,081 yards and 18 touchdowns, including a three-touchdown game against in-state rival Nevada. Pushing Oblad for the spot will be TCU transfer Justin Rogers.

On the line, three of five starters return, but replacing the center and left guard positions will be a challenge. This offense ranked fourth in the conference in rushing, and Sid Acosta and Justin Polu were a big part of that.