The Aztecs will have the opportunity to officially put behind them and write a new chapter in when the team takes on FCS opponent Weber State on Aug. The Wildcats enter the season ranked No.
They are coming off a season that ended in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Running back Josh Davis was the focal point of the offense as he rushed for 1, yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman — garnering National Freshman of the Year, first team All-Big Sky and Big Sky Freshman of the Year honors.
In , they were a run-oriented offense: rush attempts versus pass attempts. Another player to keep an eye out for is Weber State junior wide receiver Rashid Shaheed who returns to his hometown.
The Mt. Carmel graduate led the Wildcats with 41 receptions, adding yards and five touchdowns. But where Shaheed is also dangerous is on special teams.
He averaged SDSU has won its last five home openers. Saturday will be the first time fans will officially see the newly implemented spread formation in the offense. Before spring practices began, Long announced the change to a spread formation.
The focal point of the offense will still be senior running back Juwan Washington. Washington will see his first live-game action since the Frisco Bowl over eight months ago.
Last season, Long said Stanford had an advantage being on the quarter system and not having classes start until the end of September. His players were forced to have to deal with the craziness of the first week of classes and preparing for a season opener in August.
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