Weber State: get to know Western Illinois' 1st-round foe

Weber State:  get to know Western Illinois' 1st-round foe
Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah, is home to Weber State football. (Photo by WeberStateSports.com)

Western Illinois makes its 11th appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs Saturday when the Leathernecks play at Weber State.

Whether WIU fans are traveling to Utah for the game or just watching it on ESPN3 or listening on the radio, here's a primer on the Leathernecks' opponent:

Weber State University

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Founded:  1889

Enrollment:  27,949

Nickname:  Wildcats

Colors:  purple and white

Location:  Ogden, Utah (1,272 miles from Macomb; 1,392 miles from Chicago, according to Google maps)

Population of city:  97,701

Conference:  Big Sky

Record:  9-2 overall, 7-1 in conference

Rankings:  No. 9 in the FCS Coaches poll; No. 11 in STATS FCS poll

Head coach:  Jay Hill

Key players:  QB Jadrain Clark, RB Treshawn Garrett, WR Andrew Vollert; DB Taron Johnson, LB Landon Stice, LB Tre'von Johnson, S Josh Burton

Stadium:  Stewart Stadium (synthetic turf)

Best NFL player:  DL Bob Pollard, New Orleans Saints, 1971-81

Best names on current roster:  WR Tyjuan Prince, LB Alema Key, DB Parker Preator, OL Mo Cannon, OL Baron Bruce

 

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