Josh Davis’ stellar freshman campaign for the Weber State football team has already resulted with his name in the record books in numerous categories.
His 1,288 rushing yards to date are a WSU freshman record, he’s been named National Freshman of the Week twice and he’s one of 20 finalists for the Jerry Rice National Freshman of the Year award.
Along with the WSU freshman record, Davis’ 1,288 rushing yards also rank fifth nationally. His 1,700 all-purpose yards rank third nationally.
He can add another accomplishment, now. On Tuesday, the freshman running back was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year, the first player in Wildcats’ history to earn that honor.
Davis was part of a 19-player Weber State group that earned All-Big Sky Conference postseason accolades, which were voted on by the conference’s coaches.
Of those 19 players, a program-record 13, including Davis, were named to the conference’s first team. Senior offensive lineman Iosua Opeta and sophomore Ty Whitworth joined Davis on the first-team offense.
Sophomore kick returner Rashid Shaheed, senior defensive tackle Filipe Sitake, junior defensive ends Adam Rodriguez and Jonah Williams, senior linebackers Landon Stice and LeGrand Toia, senior cornerback Keilan Benjamin, senior senior safeties Jawain Harrison and Jordan Preator and senior Brady May round out the rest of the WSU first-team group.
Shaheed and Toia were unanimous selections to the first team. Sophomore kicker Trey Tuttle and junior Doug Lloyd were named to the Big Sky second team, as way May, who was named a second-team fullback.
Senior cornerback Parker Preator and junior linebacker Auston Tesch, a Weber High alumnus, earned third-team recognition. Receiver Darryl Denby and center Ben Bos were honorable mentions.
Weber State volleyball gets three first-team honorees
The postseason honors didn’t stop with the football team. Three players on Weber State’s volleyball team earned first-team all-conference recognition.
Andrea Hale, the lone senior, finished the regular season with 362 kills, a .207 hitting percentage and 34 service aces.
Layton High alumnus Hannah Hill-DeYoung finished the regular season hitting .402 with 195 kills and 122 total blocks, the latter of which led the team.
Megan Gneiting, a junior along with Hill-DeYoung, checks in with 304 kills, a .228 hitting percentage and 211 digs.
WSU’s season continues in the Big Sky Tournament on Thanksgiving night as the Wildcats take on Northern Colorado.
Harding named Big Sky men’s basketball
Player of the Week
Junior guard Jerrick Harding was named Big Sky Player of the Week for his role in helping Weber State to a 2-1 record at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. Harding averaged 26 points, five rebounds and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Harding turned his ankle in the third game of the tournament against Cal State Bakersfield. The severity of the injury and his status for next Tuesday’s game against NAIA Benedictine are unknown.