Sears wants his Wildcats 0-3 all time against Utah to concentrate on execution as well as continuing building the trust between coaches and players.
Weber was short-handed in the opener, down eight players ncluding starting center Tyson Tiatia and kicker Shaun McClain who were ruled academically ineligible amid an ongoing NCAA investigation for the program involving academic fraud. Instead of panicking, though, WSU didn't miss a beat.
True freshmen Dakota Jenkins-Baty played a solid game at center, while Carson Fackrell converted his three PATs as well as keeping the Lumberjacks pinned on long kickoffs.
"This goes back to how hard they over the summer," Weber State quarterback Jordan Adamczyk said, following Saturday's 50-point explosion. "We knew people were going to step up."
In all, uptempo WSU used 20 freshmen in the opener, including Zach Smith, whose 57-yard scoring run on a reverse in the fourth quarter closed out the Wildcats' scoring.
"For the most part [our preparation], 98 percent will be the same," Sears said. "Keep our routine and keep our consistency."
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Eight Wildcats ruled ineligible
Eight Weber State football players were ruled ineligible for academic reasons prior to last Saturday's home game against Stephen F. Austin, ncluding starting center Tyson Tiatia and kicker Shaun McClain. Weber State confirmed in early August that it was under investigation by the NCAA for "potential academic issues" involving its football players. The school self-reported the issue to the NCAA during the spring. The players include defensive tackle Karl Finai, defensive end Siamani Harris, linebacker Marquel Holmes, cornerback Devonte Johnson, receiver Chase Nakamura and tight end Zane Smith. It unknown if, or when the players will be reinstated. The NCAA was scheduled to visit Weber State this week regarding possible academic fraud involving math classes.