UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez watches over his players as they runs through drills during team practice at UNLV‘s Rebel Park in Las Vegas on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal football coach Tony Sanchez announces early signees at the boardroom at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal Rebels head coach Tony Sanchez leaves the field following after losing to the USC Trojans in a football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. USC won 43-21. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal

UNLV has gone through spring practices in the shadows as the men’s basketball program went through a publicly debated and then .

But now the football team gets prime attention Saturday when the Rebels stage their spring game at noon at Peter Johann Memorial Field, which is free and open to the public.

It will be as close to a gamelike atmosphere that the Rebels will experience before they open their season Aug. 31 against Southern Utah at Sam Boyd Stadium.

“You’re going to have a full officiating crew out there, so you want to make sure there aren’t a lot of penalties,” coach Tony Sanchez said. “You want to make sure you’re getting the ball snapped on time. You want to make sure you don’t see the turnovers. You don’t want to see exchange issues. We’ve gotten a lot of the work that we need, so it’s like every team in the country. You want to stay healthy coming out of it.”

The Rebels will play their final season at Sam Boyd before moving into the new stadium near the Strip shared with the NFL’s Raiders. UNLV was 4-8 last season, but was without quarterback Armani Rogers for six games because of .

Rogers is expected to play two series Saturday.

“I just want to go out there and compete and have the timing down with the receivers,” Rogers said. “It’s not too different (from a team practice session). Everybody’s out there competing with each other, making each other better.”

UNLV will go through a series of warmups and drills before beginning a 25-minute scrimmage, taking a five-minute halftime and concluding with a 25-minute second half.

The starters are scheduled to face each other in the first and third series, with the second-teamers going in the second and fourth drives. The offenses and defenses then will be a mix of players the rest of the way.

“We’re going to get a lot of guys in, get some threes (third-teamers) in, get some twos in,” Sanchez said.

NOTE — UNLV fans can purchase new and game-used apparel Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the North Gym inside the Paul McDermott Physical Education complex. Those who renewed football or men’s basketball season tickets will receive access to the sale beginning at 8 a.m., and wristbands for early entry can be picked up at McDermott.

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Game day

What: UNLV spring football game

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Peter Johann Memorial Field

Admission: Free

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