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Weber State Football Picked Third In Big Sky Preseason Poll

Weber State running back Josh Davis (28) runs the football against Southeast Missouri State in the second round of the FCS Playoffs in Ogden, Utah on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Weber State Athletics)

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Weber State Wildcats were predicted by the media and coaches to finish in third place in the Big Sky Conference for the upcoming 2019 season after back-to-back conference titles.

Eastern Washington was projected to win the conference in both polls, getting 10 first place votes in the coaches poll and 25 in the media poll.

UC Davis is No. 2 in the poll with two first place votes and 13 in the media poll.

The Wildcats had four first place votes in the media poll and 124 points in the coaches poll.

Montana finished behind Weber State in the coaches poll and ahead of Montana State, Northern Arizona, Idaho State, Idaho, Cal Poly, Portland State and Sacramento State.

Southern Utah was picked by the coaches in the conference to finish 12th, just ahead of Northern Colorado.

In the media poll, Montana State was picked to finish fourth ahead of Montana, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly and Portland State.

The Thunderbirds finished 11th in the media poll, ahead of Sacramento State and Northern Colorado.

On top of the back-to-back titles, the Wildcats have been in the FCS Playoff Quarterfinals the last two seasons.

They will begin their campaign on August 31 at San Diego State and will face Cal Poly on September 7 in their home opener.

Preseason All-Big Sky Teams

Weber State head coach Jay Hill returns three players that earned All-American honors and nine All-Big Sky players are back with the Wildcats for the 2019 season. In the preseason All-Conference team, the Wildcats had seven players named to the list.

Sophomore running back Josh Davis, senior defensive end Adam Rodriguez, junior kick returner Rashid Shaheed, senior linebacker Auston Tesch, junior kicker Trey Tuttle, junior offensive guard Ty Whitworth and senior defensive end Jonah Williams were all named to the preseason All-Big Sky team.

It’s the second straight season that the Wildcats has led all schools with preseason all-conference selections.