Nevada Football: First Look At The Weber State Wildcats
An early preview of the Nevada Wolf Pack’s Week Three contest against Weber State.
Nevada Has A Challenge In Week Three Against Weber State
In this third entry of the early preview of the out of conference slate for Nevada, we preview the Wolf Pack’s week three contest against the Weber State Wildcats, an FCS program from the Big Sky conference. The contest between these two schools is on September 14th and the time and where you can see this contest is currently to be determined.
Weber State is coming off a 2018 season where the Wildcats went 10-3 and won a share of the Big Sky championship which was their second straight conference title. The Wildcats made the FCS playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Maine 23-18.
The Wildcats have a pair of dynamic playmakers on offense in running back Josh Davis and wide receiver/kick returner Rashid Shaheed. Davis was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year and earn All Big Sky honors in 2018. Davis ran for 1,362 yards and scored nine rushing touchdowns for Weber State in 2018. Davis averaged 113.5 yards rushing per game which was good for second in the FCS in rushing in 2018.
Shaeed led the Wildcats in receptions last season with 41 catches while scoring five receiving touchdowns. However, Shaheed’s biggest value to the Wildcats is in the return game as he finished second in FCS in kickoff return yards as he averaged 34.3 yards per return in 2018 placing him second in FCS in that category. Leading the offense for Weber State is quarterback Jake Constatine. Constatine finished fifth in the Big Sky in passing as he passed for over 2,000 yards and threw 18 touchdown passes in 2018.
On defense, the Wildcats have a pair of talented defensive ends in Adam Rodriguez and Jonah Williams. Rodriguez finished third in the Big Sky in sacks with seven last season while Williams tallied 42 tackles last season with 23 of those tackles were solo tackles. Williams and Rodriguez lead a defensive unit for Weber State that finished the 2018 season first in the Big Sky in scoring defense (giving up only 21.2 points per game), total defense ( 319 yards per game), rushing defense (122 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense.
In this week three contest, Nevada is not facing a bad FCS team like last season when the Wolf Pack demolished Portland State. Weber State has won back to back Big Sky championships (2017 & 2018) and the Wildcats have explosive playmakers on offense and a talented and stout defense.
This contest between the Wolf Pack and the Weber State Wildcats should be an interesting contest as these teams square off on September 14th in Reno.