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All-Conference first team loaded with Wildcats

The Weber State University Wildcats have been recognized once again, as 19 members of the football team earned Big Sky All-Conference honors. Thirteen of them were named to the all-conference first team, which is a school record.

WSU finished 9–2 in the regular season, ranked third in the FCS and received the No. 2 seed in the playoff bracket.

“I think it’s a huge tribute to the players and their hard work and dedication,” said Jay Hill, WSU head coach. “I told the players they better be grateful and humbled for their other teammates that put in so much hard work and sweat to get them where they’re at.”

The list was headlined by redshirt freshman running back Josh Davis, who is eighth in the nation with 1,288 rushing yards. Davis also ranks third in all-purpose yards with 1,700.

Running back Josh Davis sprints down the field for a 95 yard touchdown. (Kelly Watkins / The Signpost)

The rest of the Wildcats on the first-team include sophomore guard Ty Whitworth, sophomore wide receiver and kick returner Rashid Shaheed, junior defensive ends Adam Rodriguez and Jonah Williams, senior offensive tackle Iosua Opeta, senior defensive tackle Filipe Sitake, senior cornerback Keilan Benjamin, senior fullback Brady May, senior safeties Jawian Harrison Jr. and Jordan Preator and senior linebackers Landon Stice and LeGrand Toia.

“It means a lot,” Stice said. “It kind of sums up all the hard work you put in during the offseason. Coach Hill has always told us that you don’t get honors unless your team does well.”

Keilan Benjamin making the tackle for the Weber State Wildcats. (Bella Torres / The Signpost)

The Wildcats are in the midst of a bye week before they begin postseason play, and Toia said winning the national championship will remain the main priority.

“We are definitely focusing on who we are going to play,” Toia said. “The awards we have gotten are (secondary).”

Weber State will host a second-round playoff game Dec. 1 against the winner of Southeast Missouri State University and Stony Brook University. The Redhawks and Seawolves will do battle in a first-round clash this Saturday.

Junior Brady May attempts to run the ball passed Idaho State defense during the game. (Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
Wide receiver Rashid Shaheed celebrates his kickoff return touchdown. (Joshua Wineholt / The Signpost)
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