Weber State football embraces rain for spring practice at Ogden High School

Saturday , April 07, 2018 - 5:06 PM

OGDEN — Weber State football bore the elements Saturday morning with a spring practice in the rain at Ogden High School.

Stewart Stadium was occupied with a track meet, and instead of using the Marquardt Fieldhouse to retreat from the chill and rain, the Wildcats were put to the test under less-than-perfect conditions.

“We don’t get many opportunities in fall camp to play in bad weather to prepare us for the season, so we take advantage of it in spring. This is huge for us,” WSU head coach Jay Hill said. “You have to play in bad weather in this conference, and we take advantage of it.”

In the 2017 season, the Wildcats played in poor weather for road games at Montana State, Portland State and Eastern Washington — and won all three.

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The offense started strong, with both starters and backups driving for touchdowns in the first 11-on-11 situations, but execution declined as practice wore on.

In the final three drives of practice — two-minute drills — quarterbacks Braden Miles, Kaden Jenks and Rathen Ricedorff combined for 4-of-11 passing. None could find the end zone, but Miles drove the farthest in the drill with completions. Both Jenks and Ricedorff were held to three-and-outs.

The defense finished the practice strong. Prior to the two-minute drill, the defense forced a safety on the first play of a drive, then followed it with a three-and-out.

“The quarterbacks have got to know that even though the ball’s wet and heavy, we’ve still got to throw and complete it when we have to,” Hill said.

“You’ve got to give the defense some credit, they made some huge plays there at the end. In these kind of games, it’s going to come down to playing great defense and being able to stop the run, and I think the defense did a good job after those first couple of drives.”

While the quarterback race is currently between three players, Hill believes competition will increase once sophomore transfer Jake Constantine and freshman Zach Hymas return from injury.

“The quarterbacks were up and down today. On a rainy day like today, that’s probably to be expected, but we’ve got to handle the elements well,” Hill said. “We’ve still got some things to clean up, but I like where we’re at. We’re not behind by any means.”

Weber State now enters the final week of spring camp, which finishes with the spring game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Stewart Stadium.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at [email protected], on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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