FOOTBALL: 2010-19/20 All-Decade Offense
This is the second part of a two-part series revealing the 2010-19/20 All-Decade Weber State Wildcat Football team. To see the defense and special teams, please click here.
After a lackluster start to the 2010s, the Weber State Wildcats made one of the best hires in the history of its athletic department in Jay Hill – a move that changed the fortunes of the program.
Weber State, a program which had never surpassed 10 wins in one season, tied that mark in 2018 and surpassed it twice, in 2017 and 2019. Prior to the 2010s, the Wildcats hadn’t ever been beyond the second round of the FCS playoffs, either. That is now something that has been achieved in each of Weber State’s three most recent seasons, culminating in a semi-final appearance in 2019. The 2017-2019 seasons each ended with Big Sky Conference championships, as well.
The most successful decade in Weber State football is now over, but we thought we’d take a look back at some of the best players in that time frame and give them some more well-deserved recognition.
Weber State Weekly has compiled a 2010-2020 All-Decade football team. In order to make this team, players had to have made an appearance for Weber State in any season between 2010 and 2019 (since the 2020 season was postponed).
Piecing together a perfect team is not an exact science. You will likely disagree with some – maybe even all – of the choices we made. The Weber State Weekly crew couldn’t even come to consensus on this. We considered stats, conference and national accolades, and we even talked with players and coaches who are in the program and worked with these guys on a firsthand basis, and tried to come to a conclusion that way. It wasn’t an easy task, but, undaunted, we pressed on.
Without further ado, we present the 2010-2020 Weber State Weekly All-Decade offense.
· QB: Cameron Higgins (2007-2010)
Set school records for most career games by a QB (48), passing yards (12,274), touchdown passes (98), total touchdowns (105), pass completions (935), and efficiency rating (144.5), 2008 Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year, set various other school and conference single season records
· RB: Josh Davis (2017-present)
Two-time All-American, two-time All-Big Sky, 2018 Jerry Rice Award winner, ran for school record 328 yards vs. NAU in 2019
· FB: Clay Moss (2017-present)
2019 first-team All-Big Sky
· WR: Joe Collins (2008-2010)
2010 All-American, first-team All-Big Sky, Big Sky Conference leader in receiving yards
· WR: Shaydon Kehano (2010-2014)
Two-time All-Big Sky selection, fifth in school history in receiving yards, seventh in school history in career receptions
· WR: Cameron Livingston (2013-2016)
Two-time All-Big Sky selection, sixth in school history in receiving yards (2199), fourth in school history in receptions (171)
· TE: Andrew Vollert (2016-2017)
Two-time All-American, two-time All-Big Sky selection, 2016 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year
· OL: Ty Whitworth (2017-present)
Two-time All-Big Sky selection, 2021 preseason All-American, started every game in his career
· OL: Iosua Opeta (2015-2018)
Two-time All-American, two-time All Big-Sky selection
· OL: Joe Hawkins (2012-2015)
Two-time All-Big Sky selection, 2015 All-American
· OL: JC Oram (2008-2011)
· OL: Alex Land (2011-2014)
Team captain as a senior, started every game in his sophomore-senior seasons, 2014 All-Big Sky honorable mention
· Head Coach: Jay Hill (2014-present)
Toughest Choice: Quarterback
It seemed like everyone that we spoke to had a different opinion and was passionate about their choice for the best quarterback of the decade. There were arguments made for players like Stefan Cantwell and his intangibles or Jadrian Clark had the longevity throughout the decade. But after flip-flopping about 500 times and speaking with people in the program, the choice seemed clear. Higgins didn’t have as much talent surrounding him as Cantwell did, but he was still able to rewrite Weber State’s record books.
Easiest Choice: Andrew Vollert, TE
Weber State really hasn’t had many high-level tight ends step out onto the Stewart Stadium grass in the past decade, so Vollert was a no-brainer. The dude is in the NFL and was a two-time All-American. He was one of the first names that Weber State Weekly Sharpied onto this list.
Deepest Position: Offensive Line
The Wildcats have produced some incredible All-Conference and All-American lineman over the last decade. There were multiple debates about who belonged on the list and, even after selecting five linemen, it still felt bad leaving some phenomenally talented players off the list.