Wildcats celebrate supporters at Fan Fest

Aug 25 2013 - 5:00pm

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ABOVE: Cameron Livingston (purple) goes up for pass in the corner of the end zone during a red zone drill as defensive back Robbie Diamond  defends during Saturday’s Weber State scrimmage. 
DENNIS MONTGOMERY
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LEFT: Head coach Jody Sears discusses the upcoming season with the fans assembled at Stewart Stadium.
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Luke Rector, a potential future Weber State recruit, hits the tackling dummy during Saturday’s Fan Fest held at Stewart Stadium.
ABOVE: Cameron Livingston (purple) goes up for pass in the corner of the end zone during a red zone drill as defensive back Robbie Diamond  defends during Saturday’s Weber State scrimmage. 
DENNIS MONTGOMERY
Special to the Standard-Examiner
LEFT: Head coach Jody Sears discusses the upcoming season with the fans assembled at Stewart Stadium.
DENNIS MONTGOMERY
Special to the Standard-Examiner
DENNIS MONTGOMERY/Special to the Standard-Examiner
Luke Rector, a potential future Weber State recruit, hits the tackling dummy during Saturday’s Fan Fest held at Stewart Stadium.

OGDEN -- The bouncy houses were on the track, tents and tables were set up for a pre-game picnic.

But the real fun at Stewart Stadium begins next week.

Weber State coach Jody Sears announced Saturday that senior Jordan Adamczyk will be the starter for the Aug. 31 season opener at home against Stephen F. Austin, but true freshman quarterback Austin Chipoletti will also play in the game.

"We're going to start (Adamczyk) and we'll roll with it and Chipoletti will play," Sears said.

How does the second-year coach feel about a two-quarterback system?

"I like it. Is it ideal? No, but I like it because they both bring something different to the table," Sears said. "Jordan can sit back there in the pocket and throw a little bit but he can also manage the run game and put us in position where we need to be.

"The thing that Austin brings to the table, he can obviously run the offense, his escapability to prolong plays, that's something that's really hard to coach against. I love what they both bring to the table."

The nature of Chipoletti's role will be defined over the next few days of game planning, but Sears doesn't expect it to be an even split of playing time right now.

Chipoletti will see action with an occasional series "and we'll see how it goes," Sears said.

Nor will it be similar to quarterback Cameron Higgins' senior year at Weber State in 2010, when sophomore backup Mike Hoke would enter the game primarily in running situations.

"Our offense won't change at all (between Adamczyk and Chipoletti)," Sears said. "They've got to manage, making sure we're getting the ball placed where it's supposed to be placed, guys are getting lined up and executing exactly what they're supposed to be doing. So it becomes more of a management thing."

Both quarterbacks were victimized by the Weber State defense during Saturday's scrimmage-ending two minute drills, Adamczyk by an interception and Chipoletti by being forced to fumble while on the run.

"The offense has been kind of getting the upper hand during the two-minute drills during camp for the most part so it was good to see the defense kind of stiffen up and get some turnovers," Sears said.

The major goal of WSU's final fall camp scrimmage was to get through it healthy, something the 'Cats have mostly managed to do so far, with the significant exception of Shaydon Kehano.

Sears announced Saturday that Kehano, Weber State's leading receiver a year ago, injured his leg in the past week after losing most of 2012 to a knee injury.

The senior from Kaneohe, Hawaii, is expected to be out for four to six weeks, the only significant blemish to what has been a healthy fall camp.

"We're seven days out and (an injury) is the last thing I want," Sears said of not going full-contact during the last scrimmage before game week. "We've been going live quite a bit early in the week.

"I wanted to make sure we came out and had a good, crisp practice. It was full speed but I didn't want to go live to jeopardize someone getting hurt.

"The minute you step on the field you're at risk, but I wanted to make sure everyone was up off the ground and that we came out of this thing and went into (today's) practice healthy."

Meanwhile, the Wildcats continue to await the results of an NCAA investigation into potential academic fraud involving football players in past seasons. The results could impact the players' eligibility for the entire year or at least part of the year with the possibility of being reinstated at some point during the 2013 season.

* WSU NOTES: The Wildcat Club will hold a monthly WSU Coaches luncheon during the 2013-14 season.

The luncheons will take place at the Ogden Summit Hotel (formerly Marriott), located at 247 24th St.

The first luncheon will be Monday. All luncheons will begin at noon and will include a meal, dessert and drink for $10.

A prepaid pass to all luncheons is available to purchase for $70. All WSU fans are welcome and invited to attend and bring guests.

For more information call the Wildcat Club at 801-626-6576 or visit WeberStateSports.com.

Future luncheons this season will be held Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 25 and Dec. 16.

In 2014, luncheons will be held Jan. 13, Feb. 13 and March 3.

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