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SUU opens up Big Sky play with Weber State

By Lindsey Peterson | Posted - Sep. 25, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.



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CEDAR CITY — In-state and Big Sky Conference rivals Southern Utah University and Weber State will each look for their first win of the season this Saturday in Cedar City.

Both teams have struggled to start the season with 0-4 records.

Weber State and SUU have had similar problems of gaining any momentum on the offensive end this year. Weber had been outscored 146-72, while SUU has been outscored 151-55.

Head coach Jay Hill, who was a longtime assistant at the University of Utah under coach Kyle Whittingham, is in his first season with the Wildcats.

Weber and SUU are similar in that both their starting quarterbacks originally signed with BYU. Weber is led by quarterback Billy Green and SUU is led by QB Ammon Olsen. Both Gwere listed behind Taysom Hill at BYU last season before transferring to their respective schools.

Green has five touchdowns on the season while averaging 261 yards per game. Olsen has recently become SUU’s main QB after a struggling Aaron Cantu has seen less and less playing time. Olsen averages 133 yards per game and has two touchdowns on the season.

SUU QBs have combined for eight interceptions this season, while Weber has only two interceptions.

SUU will look to Chris Robinson to help improve its scoring. Robinson has 223 receiving yards on the season and is prepped to have a breakout game against Weber.

Weber will look to Shaydon Kehano, who has 393 receiving yards with four touchdowns in his first four games.

On the defensive end, SUU will be led by Chindeu Ahanonu, who leads the team with 55 tackles, while Josh Kariya has added 42 tackles.

Emmett Tela leads the defense for Weber State with 37 tackles.

The game kicks at 6:05 p.m. Suutbirds.com will have live stats and audio available.

Lindsey Peterson

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