Senior running back Auston Tesch and junior wide receiver Jaxon Porter are big-time playmakers who are being counted on to ignite the Warriors' offensive attack. Junior quarterback Cole Dean has an accurate arm, and senior slotback Nate Kelly should be a key contributor as well. Senior tight ends Huston Wade and Jake Nalder are being counted on to provide the push up front along with linemen Quinton Hall, Ryan Beal, Kyson Filiaga, Wyatt Beckey and Tanner Smith. Weber must improve vastly over its offensive numbers from a year ago, when the Warriors averaged just 10 points per game in league play and only 8.3 ppg overall.
(3 returning starters; 4-3-4 scheme)
With former Clearfield High/University of Utah standout Andre Dyson, who enjoyed a solid NFL career as well, calling the shots as the defensive coördinator, Weber High is bound to improve a great deal over the team that allowed 33 points per game last season, including a dreadful 35 ppg against Region 1 opponents. Seniors Ryan Beal, Devon Childress, Jake Nalder, Kyson Filiaga, Austin Dew, Huston Wade, Auston Tesch, Kyle McFarlane, Tyson Lindley and Auston Wride must lead the charge and show their younger teammates that there's a new sheriff in town and he's not going to get pushed around by opposing teams any more. Juniors Hunter Bell, Nick Austin and Braxton Beck are also being counted on the contribute to the Warriors' much-improved defensive effort.
Coaches preseason Region 1 straw poll: Seventh
Deseret News Region 1 prediction: Seventh
Bottom line: As dry spells go, this one has gone on long enough — 23 consecutive setbacks, dating back to Sept. 17, 2010. New head coach Matt Hammer takes over this struggling program and will try to teach the Warriors how to win again. Their cupboard is not bare, however, and they definitely have the athletes to be competitive. But just as winning can become a habit, losing can be a devastating habit to get into — and out of — as well. So Hammer and his coaching staff must find ways to overcome a losing mindset which has prevailed at Weber for the past few years. His energetic, enthusiastic approach, combined with the expertise he brings from seven seasons spent as an assistant at Weber State, makes Hammer and his staff look like the right guys to get this thing turned around.
Weber coaching history
2013 — Matt Hammer (0-0)
2010-2012 — Rick Corbridge (3-25)
2005-2009 — Richard Murray (16-34)
2003-2004 — Aaron Tillett (5-15)
1994-2002 — Kory Bosgieter (49-41)
1990-1993 — Glenn Prisk (13-24)
1983-1989 — Rod Buckwoldt (26-38)
1978-1982 — Hal Lewis (15-31)
1976-1977 — Joe James (4-14)
1974-1975 — Jerry Coggins (13-6)
1970-1973 — Unknown (11-21-2)
1967-1969 — Lee Bunnell (6-20)
1965-1966 — Richard Connelly (4-13-1)
1953-1964 — Mel Wood (56-43-11)
1952 — Unknown (5-4-1)
1948-1951 — Mel Wood (10-26-2)
1945-1947 — Floyd "Slick" Slater (9-22-2)
1944 — Glenn Arnett (5-2)
1932-1943 — Unknown (25-55-2)
1931 — Mark Ballif (2-4-1)
1927-1930 — Unknown (7-19)
1926 — Fred Dixon (1-5)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2002 — Mitch Payne, P
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