Tuesday , August 08, 2017 - 6:10 PM
This information was provided by Weber State Athletics.
Weber State football will enter the 2017 season nationally ranked. The Wildcats are ranked 22nd in the country in the preseason FCS Coaches Poll released Tuesday.
WSU totaled 102 points in the poll to finish 22nd. Defending national champion James Madison was ranked first with Big Sky schools Eastern Washington fourth and North Dakota 10th ahead of Weber State. Cal Poly came in 23rd in the poll.
The Wildcats are coming off a 7-5 record in 2016 when they finished third in the Big Sky and advanced to the FCS Playoffs for the first time in seven years. WSU was ranked 24th in the nation in the final FCS Coaches Poll last season.
The coaches poll is based on a voting panel comprised exclusively of FCS head football coaches.This marks the first time the Wildcats have been nationally ranked in the preseason since 2010.
Weber State returns 34 letter-winners and 15 starters from last year’s team. Among returners are All-American tight end Andrew Vollert, senior cornerback Taron Johnson, junior linebacker Landon Stice and senior punter Jacob DeMaio — all of whom were named to the Big Sky Preseason All-Conference team.
Head coach Jay Hill returns for his fourth season as coach of the Wildcats. WSU opens the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2, with a home game against Montana Western. The Wildcats will then play back-to-back non-conference games in northern California, playing at Cal on Sept. 9 and at Sacramento State on Sept. 16.
The Big Sky opener is Sept. 23 at home against UC Davis. WSU also hosts Southern Utah, Montana and Idaho State and will play conference road games at Montana State, Cal Poly, Eastern Washington and Portland State. The Wildcats will not play North Dakota, Northern Arizona or Northern Colorado this season.
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