First Look: Wyoming vs. Weber State
Cowboys can not take Wildcats lightly.
Cowboys defense will be tested.
The Wyoming Cowboys open the 2020 season
Team: Weber State
Conference: Big Sky
2019 Result: 11-4 (Reached FCS semifinals)
Head coach: Jay Hill
All-time series: Wyoming leads 4-0
Do not let the FCS moniker fool any Wyoming fans about this Weber State team. The Wildcats have made the playoffs in each of the past four years with three of those years they finished in the top-six teams. Head coach Jay Hill has done an amazing job since taking over the job and took them from a 2-10 season in year one to three-straight double-digit seasons.
Who to watch for:
The top player to watch is junior running back Josh Davis. He is a three-year starter and is a preseason All-American heading into the 2020 season. As a freshman he was named Big Sky freshman of the year and was recognized with some national awards, and he has been a first-team All-Big Sky player in each of the past two years.
This Wildcats offense is built to put up points and will be a good challenge against this Wyoming defense that lost two players to the NFL Draft in Logan Wilson and Cassh Maluia from the linebacker position. Plus, there are a few other defenders lost. This unit has talent returning but this is a game to test them before the face Utah, Louisiana, and Ball State for the rest of the non-conference schedule.
This Wildcats offense put up a solid 27 points per game en route to making it to the FCS semifinals in 2019.
The defense returns its top three tacklers in Conner Mortensen, Noah Vaea and Preston Smith; those three combined for 296 tackles. They do lose a few key players who got back to the backfield in Adam Rodriguez who led the team in tackles for loss with 15 and also sacks at 10.5. The other key loss is Jonah Williams who had 11 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.
This Wildcats team can not be taken lightly and Wyoming should look back to last year which saw San Diego State only defeat them 6-0. So, that should be seen as a cautionary tale for this Wyoming squad to not take Weber State lightly.