Weber State spring football: Quarterbacks gaining poise, team looking for depth

Friday , March 30, 2018 - 5:41 PM

OGDEN — Quarterbacks have begun to settle in over the last week of Weber State football’s spring camp, but head coach Jay Hill says none is ahead of the other as uncertainty about the starting position remains.

Senior Rathen Ricedorff, sophomore Braden Miles and redshirt freshman Kaden Jenks are rotating reps in practice. Hill says all are showing increased poise as camp continues.

“People feel like you have to make that decision right now, and I don’t believe in that,” Hill said. “We’ve got to make the decision and have the right guy chosen for the start of the Utah game. We’ve got a lot of time. I want to see these guys continue to battle and compete and get better.”

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The pace of the offense in noticeably quicker, with quarterbacks not taking much time to get the ball out of their hands to find receivers on fast crossing routes and slants.

Not only is the style of play changing, but Hill said the offensive playbook is thicker.

“We’ve got a ton of offense. We’re running with more plays already than we did last year,” Hill said. “That’s a bit of an issue right now because they’re drinking through a fire hose right now. They’ve got a ton of plays, so we’ve just got to keep getting better.”

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As camp continues, Hill wants to see less of his veteran players making plays and more of his young players showing out to improve depth.

Starters are strong at several positions, including the offensive line, running backs and linebackers — but there a still improvements needed at spots where the Wildcats lost key players to graduation.

“I don’t need LeGrand Toia out there taking a bunch of reps. I need the next guy stepping up,” Hill said. “We need some young guys to prove that they can play. Depth is always a work in progress. That’s where we’ve got to take the biggest strides right now.”

Hill said some positions are further along than ever for spring camp, while others are still behind.

“I wish we were further ahead, but so does everybody,” Hill said. “We’ve just got to catch up. As a team, I don’t know that we’re ahead of last year, but I don’t see us far behind, either.”

The Wildcats continue camp for two more weeks and cap it off with the annual spring game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Stewart Stadium.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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