WSU quarterback Hoke to miss spring ball

Jan 29 2012 - 10:24pm

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Weber State quarterback Mike Hoke will miss spring football after having surgery recently to repair a separated shoulder that limited him last season.

Hoke, who started 10 games as a junior in 2011, separated the shoulder in an Oct. 1, 2011, game at Eastern Washington but missed only one play in the contest. He later was forced to sit out Weber State's 45-10 shellacking at the hands of Montana on Oct. 29.

For the year, Hoke completed 164 of 262 passes, a 62.6 completion percentage, for 2,080 yards and 19 touchdowns against four interceptions. He finished second in the Big Sky in passing efficiency with a rating of 150.2.

Jordan Adamczyk completed 19 of 43 passes for 196 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions as Hoke's backup as a sophomore, with most of his experience in the start against Montana.

Signing day

New Weber State coach John L. Smith will officially ink his first recruiting class on Wednesday, Feb. 1, as future Wildcats sign their national letters of intent.

The Wildcats will host a signing day party for the public at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Stewart Stadium's Sky Suites on the third floor.

Weber State's women's soccer team and its track and field teams each expect to announce about a dozen signees. WSU's media relations department will also blog about signees during the day at WeberStateSports.com.

Bracketbusters TBA

WSU coach Randy Rahe's men's basketball team will find out its Sears Bracketbusters opponent today. The pairings will be announced at 4:30 p.m. in a selection show on ESPNU.

ESPN is in its 10th season of pairing up non-conference opponents in a mid-February matchup to give them a chance to improve their chances at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. There are 142 teams from 16 conferences participating this year.

The Wildcats are guaranteed a home game at the Dee Events Center. With a record of 16-4 (8-1 Big Sky) and an elite point guard like Damian Lillard, who was leading the country in scoring at 24.4 points per game as of Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats hope to draw enough interest from ESPN for one of 13 coveted television slots Feb. 17-19 on its networks.

For more information, see espnbracketbusters.com.

K-Bull

Senior forward Kyle Bullinger scored a season-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in Weber State's heartbreaking loss to Idaho State on Saturday, marking his first field goals since returning Jan. 12 from a dislocated elbow that kept the 2010-11 All-Big Sky first-teamer from Mountain View, Wyo., out of nine games.

"He played well," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "He looked closer to his old self again. I think he's getting more confident. He needed to have a couple of shots go down and they did. That's going to help him going down the road. It just takes time. He had a serious, serious injury and it's just going to take time to get some rhythm. I felt like tonight he was really starting to get that rhythm back and hopefully that will help him out as we move forward down the road."

Bullinger said he didn't have time to think about finally getting a bucket.

"I knew shots were going to fall eventually," he said. "I was more anxious worrying about when I would get my (comfort level) back and being able to play with aggression without having to worry about the elbow. It's getting closer."

Bullinger was 1-for-5 from the free throw line but hit a huge 3-pointer and layup late as Weber State battled back into the lead before ISU's Kenny McGowen drilled a 3 at the buzzer to hand the 'Cats their first league loss.

Montana eked out a 69-67 win over Portland State on the road Sunday to forge a tie for first place in the Big Sky race with Weber State.

Roy Burton covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner. Follow him on Twitter @RoyBurton and read his WSU posts at blogs.standard.net/wsu-sports-blog.

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