Weber State football: Wildcats are glad that Bolen's back in the backfield

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 8:01 p.m. MDT

And Bolen says the Wildcats will do their best to not be intimidated by the big-time atmosphere for Saturday's game at Rice-Eccles Stadium. He was on the team the last time Weber State played there in 2008, when the Utes were on their way to a BCS-busting season.

"Coach Sears is doing a great job of changing the culture here, getting into our minds that we're not the Weber State of last year (when the Wildcats sputtered through that 2-9 season) and that we're great," Bolen said. "I've earned so much respect for coach Sears and just what he's doing, and coach Sears as a human being is just a great man.

"I like the coaching staff a lot. I was really iffy about them in the spring, but I like them a lot now. Coach Sears showed me respect from the get-go, and he's earned my respect. Just because he has my respect, if he says anything to me, I'll do it and respect it, just because of who he is as a person.

"Utah went undefeated and had that great team that year (’08), and I was a redshirt that season," Bolen said. "I noticed the atmosphere and it's exciting and all that but, at the end of the day, they're still 19-, 20-, 21-year-olds just like us.

"Granted, they might be a little bigger and a little faster and there's more of them, but they're people just like us. And I think if we just remember that, we should be fine."

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