Senior Spotlight: UNLV's Ryan Wolfe

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Senior Spotlight: UNLV's Ryan Wolfe

Here is an article written for UNLVs school paper www.unlvrebelyell.com

Senior wide receiver Ryan Wolfe is in the midst of writing the final chapters of a storybook UNLV football career.

The two-time Mountain West Conference First-Team Wide Receiver has already set school records in receptions (209), receiving yards (2,735) and 100-yard games (10). Wolfe is also 54 receptions away from becoming the Mountain West Conference’s all time reception leader.

“Anytime you get your name put into something that a bunch of people are going to see for years to come its good to know that there’s going to be some recognition in some of the hard work that you’ve put in."

Wolfe, who has already graduated, has been refining his football skills this offseason in preparation for the upcoming season. Wolfe is UNLV’s first legitimate All-American candidate in years and has a chance at being drafted in next year’s NFL draft.

Until then, Wolfe will be continue to play a vital role in the turnaround of a Rebel Football team that has come from consecutive 2-10 seasons to a 5-7 record last season.  The pressure is on the Rebels, especially the senior leaders, to take the next step and over the .500 mark.

“There should be pressure on all of us seniors, this is our last year and this is our team. We need to lead the way and show all the guys what kind of standard we need to set”.


Wolfe and the Rebels look to move up in the MWC standings this season. Quarterback Omar Clayton has become more comfortable in the offense and with the emergence of fellow wide receiver Phillip Payne, the offense will look to improve statistically again this year.

UNLV will have their hands full this season with home games against Oregon State, Hawaii, BYU, and Utah. But the Rebels have their eyes set on October 3, where the Rebels will travel to a hostile Reno environment in hopes of bringing the Cannon back to UNLV.

The Rebels No. 1 goal is to beat Reno and get the cannon back, according to Wolfe. 

“As a team, I think we have a stepping stone of goals, number one to beat Reno, get the cannon back, it’s going to be a pretty intense atmosphere going back up to Reno.”
Wolfe has put up impressive numbers against UNR catching 16 passes for 276 yards, and two touchdowns in three games.

The Rebels will look to Wolfe to help defeat Reno and have a successful year in the Mountain West.

As for Wolfe, he doesn’t care much for individual awards or records but only hopes to be remembered as a player who gave his all and his aid in turning around UNLV into a winning program.

“I want to be remembered as a guy who always went 100 percent no matter what I was doing and a guy who helped turn a program around that came from 2-10 to consecutive winning seasons.”

 

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