Coach Ron McBride won't be the only person affiliated with Weber State having a homecoming when the Wildcats play at Utah on Saturday night.
Defensive linemen Bryce Scanlon and Pate Moleni both began their collegiate careers at Utah before transferring to Weber State. Scanlon red-shirted the 2004 season at Utah and appeared in one game in 2005 before transferring in 2006. Moleni also red-shirted in 2004, played on special teams in 2005 and transferred to Weber State in 2006.
The Wildcats' coaching staff also has ties to Utah. Defensive coordinator Kevin Clune was a graduate assistant during McBride's tenure at Utah. Offensive line coach Don Eck held the same position at Utah under McBride, and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a played for the Utes from 1993-96.
"It's going to be awesome," Scanlon said. "I know about 90 percent of the team, know all the coaches. It's going to be fun. This is a huge game for us. We're going to show how tough we are and that we're a team to be reckoned with."
Scanlon and Moleni have both had to battle nagging injuries throughout their careers. Scanlon started in two of Weber State's games this season and has 15 tackles. Moleni has started once and has 10 tackles and a sack. Scanlon wasn't in a reflective mood following practice on Tuesday. He said he enjoyed his time playing for the Utes, but it just wasn't the right fit for him.
"It wasn't the place for me and this is where I was destined to be," he said. "I'm happy here. Utah was a good experience and I got nothing but good memories there. But it's not where you were, it's where you're at and where you're going."
Scanlon has had numerous ticket requests from family and friends for his homecoming. But many of his fans are going to have to dig into their own pockets to see Saturday's game.
"A lot of people want to come," Scanlon said. "Unfortunately, they're going to have to buy their own tickets. That's what family is for. They can support you no matter what."
GUARANTEED LOSS?: Weber State doesn't have a great history in guarantee games. The Wildcats are 3-39 against BCS teams, and have a 2-17 record against teams that currently comprise the Mountain West Conference. Weber State is 0-2 against Utah, losing the two games by an average of 29 points.The Wildcats will, however, get a nice check for their efforts against Utah, although it might not be as large as people think. The two schools agreed to play this game back in 2002, and Weber State will get $100,000.
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