#4 Weber State FCS Football 2020 Preview

 
Weber State Wildcats
 
Overall Rank: #4
#2 Big Sky
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Weber State continues to rule the roost at the top of the Big Sky Conference as they won another championship under head coach Jay Hill who has resurrected the Wildcats program. Weber State advanced to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs where they lost to James Madison 30-14.  Defense was the strength of the Wildcats last season as they led the conference in rushing, scoring, and total defense, which is not an easy feat in an offensive laden conference like the Big Sky. Looking ahead to the spring of 2021 it will be up to the offense to take a leap forward and average 400 plus yards per game to take some pressure off the defense.
 
2019 Record: 11-4, 7-1
2019 Postseason: FCS Playoffs
Coach: Jay Hill (47-30 at Weber State, 47-30 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Matt Hammer
Defensive Coordinator: Jay Hill
 
Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Josh Davis, RB, 1,136 yards
Passing: Kaden Jenks, QB, 582 yards
Receiving: Devon Cooley, WR, 733 yards
Tackles: Conner Mortensen, LB, 104
Sacks: George Tarlas, DL, 9.0
Interceptions: Two players with 3
 
Other Key Returnees: DL McKade Mitton, DB Ja‚ÄôKobe Harris, DB Eddie Heckard, LB Noah Vaea, S Preston Smith, S Brody Burke, DB Maxwell Anderson, DL Jared Schiess, DB Marque Collins, RB Kevin Smith Jr., RB Kris Jackson, WR David Ames, WR Ty McPherson, OL Ty Whitworth, FB Clay Moss, OL Ben Bos, KR Rashid Shaheed, TE Justin Malone,  K Trey Tuttle, OL Noah Atagi
 
Key Losses: QB Jake Constantine, DL Jonah Williams, DL Adam Rodriguez, LB Austin Tesch, OL Cole McGinnis, OL Xavier Stilson
 
Projected Postseason: FCS Playoffs
 
2019 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 150.8 (62nd in nation, 7th in conference)
Passing Offense: 188.6 (90, 11)
Total Offense: 339.4 (93, 13)
Scoring Offense: 27.8 (57, 8)
Rushing Defense: 120.1 (16, 1)
Pass Defense: 225.2 (72, 2)
Total Defense: 345.3 (26, 1)
Scoring Defense: 20.8 (19, 1)
Turnover Margin: 1.07 (4, 1)
Sacks: 3.07 (9, 2)
Sacks Allowed: 1.47 (23, 4)
 
Madness 2020 Recruit Rankings:
#250 Hunter Scott
#282 Kyden Bailey