OGDEN Weber State receiver/returner Bryant Eteuati is running out of records to break.
In the Wildcats' 36-17 loss at Hawaii late Saturday night, Eteuati became the Big Sky's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage. He returned the opening kickoff 44 yards, giving him 2,072 for his career. The total surpassed the former record of 2,041 yards that was owned by former Wildcat Wiley King, who played at Weber State from 2002-05.
The conference record for kickoff return yardage is just the latest important mark for Eteuati, who is already Weber State's all-time leader in punt return yardage. In 2007, he set a Big Sky single-season record for kickoff return yards with 1,199.
Eteuati, who has recorded more than 1,000 yards in receiving, kickoff returns and punt returns in his career at Weber State, said the stats will mean more to him when he's done playing for the Wildcats.
"They do (mean a lot), but winning means more to me," he said. "I just like to do everything I can for the team."
Coach Ron McBride gave Eteuati quite a compliment on Wednesday. He compared him to former Ute and All-Pro NFL receiver Steve Smith. Smith is bigger than Eteuati, but he said Eteuati has some skills that are better than Smith's and that he could end up playing on Sundays as a returner.
"He's one of those guys who always can make the first guys miss," McBride said. "He can find the creases. Neither of them dropped any (punts). They're both tough guys."
BIG SKY HIGH: Weber State seemed to be on the verge of stunning the college football world when it led Hawaii 17-7 at halftime. The Wildcats didn't pull off the upset, but they made a good showing for the Big Sky Conference.
They weren't alone. They were one of three Big Sky teams that led Football Bowl Subdivision teams at halftime on Saturday.
Eastern Washington led Colorado by 14 points at halftime before losing 31-24. Sacramento State led Colorado State by a field goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game before the Rams rallied to win 23-20.
The players who lost the close games weren't satisfied with just keeping them close. Eteuati said he talked to Sacramento State linebacker Cyrus Mulitalo, and they were both upset that they didn't make the plays necessary to win.
The narrow defeats were proof that the Big Sky is loaded this year.
"The Big Sky is going to be a really good league this year," McBride said. "Everyone appears to be really capable against good teams, and they're not backing down from good teams."
PICTURE PERFECT: Weber State kicker Jon Williams is off to a perfect start for the Wildcats. He's 3-for-3 in field goal attempts, making kicks of 28, 32 and 35 yards. He has also made all of his 10 extra-point attempts.
IN TOONE: The play of receiver Tim Toone was a big reason why the Wildcats were able to hang with Hawaii for more than a half on Saturday. He was Weber State's nominee for the Big Sky's offensive player of the week after he had nine receptions for 135 yards against Hawaii."It was fun," Toone said. "I felt a little nervous. It was good to get a little confidence going for the rest of the season."
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