2010: Year of the Outlaws? 2010 Las Vegas State Outlaws Preview The Las Vegas State Outlaws enter their second season in the Western Athletic Conference after a roller-coaster ride during 2009. During the 5 win 7 loss campaign LVS saw gave there fans many highlights. However the team fell short of their ultimate goal of winning the WAC and claiming a bowl bid. Offseason Recruiting Coach Big Suge Knight hit the recruitment trail hard shortly after the Outlaws finished the '09 season. Looking to add spark for the upcoming season Coach Knight was able to gain commitments from several highly touted recruits: HB Braylon Jackson 5'10" 184 pound runner with big play speed and quickness. Jackson is a blue chip recruit ranked by many scouting websites among the best backs in the country.TE Herman Garner 6'4" 232 pound target that does not possess tremendous speed but has soft catches and can get open across the middle and find the seam of zone defenses. His ability as an inline blocker has the LVS coaching staff excited about his potential to stay on the field.OT Trent Tucker 6'5" 303 pounds of physical point of attack lineman has the potential to man the left tackle position in the upcoming years if needed. Look for him to be a starter at right tackle or right guard this season.DE Tyrone Rogers 6'2" 223 rush end will hopefully be able to provide pressure off the end for an Outlaw team that struggle in that area frequently last year.MLB Bruce Richardson 6'3" 237 will "quarterback" the defense as a true freshman and will be looked upon to provide instant leadership.Aaron Rice 5'11" 213 pound converted high school safety will need to utilize his agility and sound tackling for the Outlaw defense as a first year starter.Darius Leak 6'3" 204 pound "centerfielder" has excellent range and tackling ability. He will need to team with junior Eric Goode as the Outlaws hope to pressure opposing offenses and play more one on one coverage on the edges.Offensive Outlook Quarterback Joe Kingman returns for his junior season as the incumbent starter. As Kingman went in 2009 so did Las Vegas State with 2171 passing yards and 16 touchdowns. Redshirt sophmore Gerome Brinkley provided a spark with his mobility but his 8 pass interceptions need to be reduced if the coaches will be able to inject him into the game and create headaches for the opposing defenses. The Outlaws are fortunate to have upperclassmen Rod Tidwell and Rodney Bowens back at wideout. Their experience and combined 1200 receiving yards are a welcome sight for which ever quarterback lines up behind center. The offensive line has been shuffled considerably over the off season. The largest change was senior captain Mike Ford's unexpected move to left tackle, a position he played as a high school freshman. Ford's leadership and blocking ability will need to protect the blindside for Kingman and provide Jackson with enough blocking for his vision to lead him to daylight. Defensive Outlook Las Vegas State lost a great deal of talent and experience on the defensive side of the football with the graduation of 7 starters from last years team. The freshman quartet of Richardson, Rogers, Rice and Leak will need to grow up fast if Jason Giska and Shawn Barber are going to get any help against the high powered offenses of the WAC. The defensive backfield has leadership in safety Eric Goode and cornerback Aaron Pierce.