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NEVADA'S NATIONAL RANK
No. 26 pro | No. 37 college | No. 38 high school
Vegas baby! Possibly the greatest place to watch a game, other than from season-ticket seats, is in a Vegas sports book, where every play has meaning to someone. As flashy as the city where they played college ball for UNLV were quarterback Randall Cunningham, who was also an All-America punter, and running back Ickey Woods, who shuffled in the end zone and into America's consciousness with the Bengals.
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The Wolf Pack made an early civil-rights statement with fullback and linebacker Marion Motley. When Mississippi State said it wouldn't play a scheduled game against Nevada because Motley was black, his teammates voted not to make the trip. The winner of the annual rivalry game between Nevada and UNLV takes home a replica of the cannon Capt. John C. Fremont took along during an excursion through the West in the 1840s.
It's a gamble to find top high school prospects here, but seven NFL players are from Nevada. So is DeMarco Murray, last season's top state running back and current Oklahoma Sooner, who hails from Las Vegas. Spring 2006 D-I signees: 14. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 97.
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