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OGDEN – Weber State football is not used to losing at home, so the last three home games have been different.
The WSU lost to Southern Illinois in the spring playoffs, then lost to James Madison and UC Davis to open this season’s home schedule.
Head coach Jay Hill knows they were all ranked teams, the Wildcats are playing substitute quarterbacks and the big turnovers were too costly for his team. No drastic changes are coming, he says, as WSU prepares for Saturday’s road game at Cal Poly.
“For now, we need to stay the course. We can’t panic, ”Hill said. “We lost the revenue margin by two to James Madison and we lost the revenue margin by three to UC Davis. If we win the revenue margin these two games, we’re sitting here 3-1 and everyone is praising us, we’re one of the top two or three teams in the country.
“The reality is, that’s not it. I don’t think it has as much to do with finishing as it does with taking care of the football with these quarterbacks playing now… we just have to do a better job taking care of the ball. I promise we sing a whole different tune just by that one thing.
Hill and cornerback Eddie Heckard both spoke to the media on Tuesday and mentioned the need to find ways to make plays: make an extra block in the field, know the scout report enough to see which guys offer defenders the best takeaway opportunities, go get football.
“If it’s the offense we have a chance to convert on the third down, if we convert in this game (UC Davis) on the third down, the game was over. If we just do a tackle – we had a free field tackle on the third and 12, and we have a chance to do it fourth and 12. Instead, we miss the tackle and it’s the fourth and the fifth, and they complete a team and dismount and score a touchdown. Just find a way to make a part.
“We’re not far away, it’s not ‘we’re going to reinvent the wheel’. We have won four consecutive conference championships, we know how to win games, we just have to do it. “
‘CATS REMAIN CLASSIFIED
It appears that due to the track record and quality of the opponents, voters have given these current Wildcats (1-3) the benefit of the doubt. WSU came in 19th in this week’s Top 25 FCS STATS.
Weber State has now been ranked for 50 straight weeks in this poll, dating back to Oct. 30, 2017, having beaten No.24 in Montana and dropped to 6-2 in that season.
After a trip to Cal Poly (1-3) this week, the Wildcats have a pass, then come home for a fourth straight home game against a ranked opponent, No.11 Montana State (currently 3-1) , for a Friday evening ESPNU Clash on October 15.
HARRIS, ALLEN GET OUT
Second-year safety Ja’Kobe Harris has started almost every game at the WSU since his debut season in 2019. He pulled off the blocked punt and touchdown recovery against Montana in the 2019 quarterfinals. Harris pulled it off. five career interceptions in 19 games, including two this season.
So it was more than glaring when Harris failed to start in free safety in Saturday’s loss to UC Davis. Senior security Braxton Gunther got the call instead because Harris left the team.
“Ja’Kobe decided the situation here was not what he wanted to do, so we mutually agreed to go our separate ways,” Hill offered Tuesday.
Gunther is listed as the free safety starter on this week’s depths table, with first year Abraham Williams as a backup.
Tennessee tight end Jordan Allen has also left the team, a promising high-impact talent who leaves Weber without ever seeing the field due to injury. He joined the WSU ahead of the 2021 spring season, which he had to give up, before a hip injury broke out in fall camp and resolved.
Hill said this would have been Allen’s last college football season, having already graduated so he decided to move on.