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Weber's Smith waiting for breakout game

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 1 2008 12:10 a.m. MDT

OGDEN — Weber State running back Trevyn Smith has rushed for more than 100 yards in two games this season, trails Sacramento State's Evander Wilkins by just 8 yards in the Big Sky rushing race, and still expects to win his third conference rushing title.

Smith, however, is still waiting to have a breakout game in 2008.

Smith's best performances this season came against Dixie State (116 yards) and Sacramento State (123 yards). He was held below 70 yards in the Wildcats' other three games. The main reason why Smith has been slowed is because of the attention opposing defenses are paying him.

Smith isn't getting frustrated, and there's no reason to be at this point in the season.

"We're winning — that's what matters," Smith said. "We're putting up a lot of yards on offense. If they want to put 12 guys in the box to stop me and if they have to bring the coach out to stop me, we can throw over the top every time. That's fine. They can put 12 guys in the box and we'll throw on every down."

Twelve guys in the box is an exaggeration, but only a slight one. Defenses are showing more respect to Weber State's ground game, and daring quarterback Cameron Higgins and his receivers to beat them. With the Wildcats' showdown with Montana set to be played at Weber State on Saturday afternoon, it will be interesting to see what the Grizzlies try and take away.

Higgins is expecting Smith to continue to be the focal point.

"Everyone's scared of Trevyn," Higgins said. "That guy — he's good. Him and (Weber State fullback) Marcus (Mailei), they're real good."

Smith has won the last two Big Sky rushing titles. He ran for 1,129 yards as a freshman and rushed for 1,314 yards as a sophomore. He has 416 yards and six touchdowns after five games this season.

Smith started slowly in his first two seasons at Weber State before coming on strong down the stretch. In 2007, he averaged just 74.5 yards per game in the Wildcats' first four games, then averaged 145.1 yards in their last seven games. He had six straight 100-plus yard performances, including with a career-high of 225 yards against Portland State.

"I'll be all right," Smith said. "I'm not worried about it. I'm due."

INJURY REPORT: The Wildcats nearly came out of Saturday's 37-21 loss to Utah unscathed. But the only injury a player suffered could be a big one as defensive leader J.D. Folsom sprained his ankle. Folsom, a team captain, went through four hours of physical therapy Monday and walked around practice with little trouble. He said he expects to play against the Grizzlies on Saturday. "It's a big game for us and I need to be back," Folsom said. "It would take quite a bit to keep me from playing."

Folsom, a second team All-Big Sky pick in 2007, is Weber State's second leading tackler with 38 stops.

Roverback Ryan Galovic and offensive lineman Lawaia Naihe both missed the Utah game, but expect to play against Montana.

DISAPPOINTING HISTORY: Weber State figures to have its best chance at beating Montana in several years on Saturday. The Wildcats have been close in a few games since last defeating the Grizzlies in 1998, but Montana has continued to find ways to win.

Weber State scored the first 10 points in last year's game, which featured Higgins' first start at quarterback, but Montana rallied to win 18-10. In the last game in Ogden in 2006, the Wildcats led at halftime before losing 33-30.

The Grizzlies, ranked No. 3 in The Sports Network writers/SIDs poll and No. 2 in The FCS Coaches Association poll, have won the last three meetings between the two teams by a total of 16 points.


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