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Weber State football: football team opens season Saturday at Fresno State

By Paul Grua

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 28 2012 6:23 p.m. MDT

Coach Sears has selected four team captains for the upcoming season. Mike Hoke, Brian Jankowski, Anthony Morales and Trevor Pletcher will serve as the Wildcat team captains for the year. Combined the four players have appeared in 101 games for Weber State.

2012 SCHEDULE

The Wildcats will kickoff the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at Fresno State and play the next week at BYU. It will mark the fifth straight season the ‘Cats have faced two FBS teams in the same season. Weber State will open the home season on Sept. 15 against McNeese State. WSU will open Big Sky Conference play on Sept. 22 against Eastern Washington, which is also Homecoming at Weber State. WSU will also face home conference games with Cal Poly, Montana and Northern Colorado and will play road Big Sky games at UC Davis, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Idaho State. This season the Wildcats will not play Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona or Portland State.

WILDCATS IN SEASON OPENERS

Weber State is 26-24 all-time in season opening games. The ‘Cats have lost the season opener in five of the last six seasons including a narrow 35-32 loss at Wyoming last year. When opening the season on the road the Wildcats are 4-18 all-time and have lost 10 straight. The last time the Wildcats won a season opener on the road was a 1990 win at Southern Utah

ANOTHER FBS START FOR WILDCATS

For the fourth straight season and the sixth in the last six years the Wildcats will open the year with an FBS road game. Weber State played at Wyoming to start the 2009 and 2011 seasons and played at Boston College to begin the 2010 season. This season also marks the fifth straight season the ‘Cats will face two FBS opponents as they also play at BYU next week.

WEBER STATE ALL-TIME AGAINST FBS TEAMS

In 50 seasons of playing football at the four-year level, Weber State is 3-46 against FBS teams. Weber State beat Utah State in 1978 and beat Nevada twice (1992 and 1993), the first two years Nevada was playing at the Division I-A level. The Wildcats have lost 23 straight games to FBS opponents.

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE

Two Weber State players have been named to the Big Sky Preseason All-Conference team. Senior offensive lineman Tytan Timoteo and sophomore full back Tevia Tolutau were named to the league which was selected by members of the media and league sports information directors. Timoteo earned second team All-Big Sky honors as a junior last season starting in all 11 games last season. In his three seasons with the Wildcats, Timoteo has played in 30 career games. The Waianae, Hawaii native has started every game in each of the last two seasons for Weber State. Tolutau, a native of Provo, Utah, returns for his sophomore season at fullback after starting every game with Weber State last season as a true freshman. He earned first team All-Big Sky honors last year and is the only returning Wildcat that earned first team honors last season. He was also the only freshman in the conference that was named to the first team last season. All 13 Big Sky schools had at least one player on the team. Montana State led all schools with six selections. Southern Utah senior quarterback Brad Sorenson was named as the league preseason Offensive MVP, and Montana State senior linebacker Jody Owens was named Defensive MVP.

MIKE HOKE BACK AT FULL STRENGTH AT QUARTERBACK

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