Best Football Season Ever
In 2017, head coach Jay Hill set a new standard for the Weber State football program with a historic 11-win season. The Wildcats earned a share of the Big Sky Conference title, won two FCS playoff games — including WSU’s first-ever home playoff game — and finished fifth in the national rankings, the highest in school history.
The Wildcats set countless records along the way, including school-bests with a seven-game winning streak and a nation-leading six road wins. During their playoff run, the Wildcats avenged a regular-season loss to rival Southern Utah in a blowout victory before falling to No. 1 James Madison in the final minutes of the FCS quarterfinals.
A whopping eight Wildcats earned first-team Big Sky All-Conference honors, and 17 earned All-Academic honors. Led by Big Sky Defensive MVP Taron Johnson, seven WSU players were tabbed as All-Americans, the most since 2008. Johnson capped his Weber State career in style, participating in the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, and he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Wildcats Andrew Vollert and McKay Murphy also signed free-agent NFL contracts with the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, respectively.
To put icing on the cake for WSU’s dream season, the Utah Sports Commission named Hill the 2017 Utah Coach of the Year at the Governor’s State of Sport Awards ceremony.