Posted August 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
Updates. By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer The UNLV football program rarely creates more than a ripple nationally. It holds a much more special place in the hearts of the Vereen family. The family will have a homecoming of sorts on Thursday night when Minnesota opens the season against the Rebels. Golden Gophers junior Brock Vereen will be playing his first game at safety, and his parents will be in the stands, watching their son play in very familiar surroundings. Vereen's father Henry was a standout, do-it-all kind of player for the Rebels in the late 1970s before being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His mother, Venita, was a tennis player at UNLV. ''So there's genes in there,'' Brock Vereen said. ''There's a little history at UNLV. Unfortunately, on Thursday they're not going to be able to root for them.'' Brock, who was raised in Valencia, Calif., has been on the UNLV campus before and seen his father's name in the ...

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