Weber State has as many conference losses as anybody in the Big Sky, but the Wildcats also have as many league wins as anybody but unbeaten Nevada, and that means they're still in the hunt as they prepare for a Saturday afternoon contest at Eastern Washington.
The only trouble is, they'll have to meet the contending Eagles without starting fullback Geoff Mitchell, starting defensive tackle Kenny Peck and probably without all-America punter/placekicker Brent Chuhaniuk while starting halfback George Jackson will probably not be at full strength.Mitchell rebroke a bone between the arch and little toe on one foot in Saturday's game, and Coach Dave Arslanian said Sunday that Mitchell will probably miss the rest of the season. "We're really nervous about it," Arslanian said. Mitchell first broke the bone in spring practice.
With Jackson having already left Saturday's 32-20 victory over Montana State in the first half after scoring 14 points, Mitchell had his foot taped and continued to play on it awhile, said Arslanian.
Jackson twisted a knee but should be all right, Arslanian said. "He'll be sore this week; we'll nurse him along," he said.
Peck, like Mitchell, kept playing Saturday after being hurt. He has a torn medial collateral knee ligament and will probably have surgery today or Tuesday.
The injuries at running back mean sophomore Gene Ethridge, senior Willie Chapman, sophomore Dwight Richards and freshman Alex Lindert will likely get some work against Eastern Washington, 2-1 in the Sky and 3-1 overall.
Chuhaniuk has been suspended for two games, and Arslanian would not indicate when or if he might be back. The only explanation for his absence is violation of school and team policy.
Freshman placekicker Tyler Gunderson missed two PATs and a field goal attempt Saturday, although Arslanian and quarterback Jamie Martin both praised Gunderson's efforts the week before at Idaho on artificial turf. Unfortunately, said Arslanian, Eastern Washington has natural turf.