OGDEN -- Senior center Tyson Tiatia and senior kicker Shaun McClain have been reinstated to the Weber State football team following a six-game suspension for academic issues.
Both are eligible to play in Saturday's Big Sky Conference contest against Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Tiatia and McClain join junior running back Karl Finai, who resolved his academic issues prior to last week's game at Eastern Washington. Five other players who have been held out for academic issues have yet to play this season: Sophomore defensive end Siamani Harris, sophomore linebacker Marquel Holmes, sophomore cornerback Devonte Johnson, senior wide receiver Chase Nakamura and sophomore tight end Zane Smith. A Weber State spokesman says the players are still with the team but no timetable for their return has been announced.
Weber State athletics officials announced prior to the season the NCAA was conducting an investigation into potential academic violations committed by football players. The school said it became aware of the issues in late spring and self-reported them to the NCAA.
Tiatia, a Provo native who was an honorable mention all-Big Sky performer as a freshman and sophomore, started games at center in each of his three previous seasons.
McClain, from Redmonds, Calif., is the 14th-leading scorer in Weber State history, seventh among kickers, and was named to the College Football Performance Awards preseason watchlist.
McClain has led the team in scoring for the past three years.
The Wildcats (1-5) have only attempted one field goal in McClain's absence, a 42-yard make by Bonneville High product Carson Fackrell that provided WSU's only points in a 31-3 loss to Sacramento State.
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