The UNLV football program has filled their coaching vacancy with Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo. Arroyo is now tasked with the difficult job of turning around a program that has made two bowl games this century. This will not be an easy task, but the Rebels have begun putting more resources towards football.
Marcus Arroyo Hired By UNLV
This move did not come as a surprise. Arroyo’s name was linked to the job for about a week now. Although rumors of LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda wanting the job started to surface last night. Those clearly didn’t come to fruition, and now UNLV has their coach.
Arroyo has an extensive background on offense. He played quarterback for San Jose State, but he plenty of time as either an offensive coordinator, co-offensive coordinator, passing game coordinator, or quarterback coach.
The past two seasons he has been the play-caller for Oregon. Those have come with mixed results, as he has been the scapegoat of most fans when things went wrong. However, some of those criticisms were unfair. Oregon has had plenty of issues with its offense the past couple of seasons, and he was certainly part of it.
He was often criticized for a lack of creativity. However, he was working under a head coach in Mario Cristobal who loves to run the ball and be physical. So it’s hard to know how much of that was him and how much was Cristobal. That question will be answered at UNLV.
How Will He Perform at UNLV?
That’s an extremely difficult question to answer. UNLV doesn’t have any football tradition at all. However, they have begun to invest more in their football program, which should help out a lot.
The school is in a good recruiting area in Nevada but is also close to California, which is, of course, the best recruiting area on the West Coast.
With the increased investment, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an uptick in recruiting. Rebels fans will need to be patient because there just isn’t a lot of talent in this program, but one thing Arroyo was lauded for during his time at Oregon was his ability to recruit. If he lives up to that recruiting ability, expect the overall talent level in the program to increase.
Also, don’t be surprised if the new staff dips into the transfer market early on, just to try and increase the talent level quickly.
Overall, UNLV fans will need to be patient, but an increase in the financial investment of the program gives them a better chance to win than they’ve had in the past.
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