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Weber State opens season with questions, inexperience

Published August 27, 2013 3:19 pm

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When Weber State opens its 2013 football season against Stephen F. Austin, there will be a definite lack of experience at quarterback and on the offensive line.

Senior quarterback Jordan Adamczyk has started one game at WSU. His backup is true freshman Austin Chipoletti.

Junior college transfer Alfonso Medina, a quarterback who set offensive school records at Santa Monica College, is no longer part of the team. He is still in school, however.

"Alfonso, I think, he did great job competing," Weber State coach Jody Sears said. "I don't know if this level was all he signed up for. He wants to earn degree and start a new chapter in his book. I don't know if the fire was burning like it had been."

Adamczyk has spent his time on the Wildcats sideline with only limited play. Last season behind Mike Hoke, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound quarterback completed 8-of-12 attempts and rushed for 19 yards.

"It took me a while to realize that, 'Wow, I'm going to play this year,'" Adamczyk said. "No one really knows about me. Hopefully I can get this team where it needs to be."

Chipoletti, a 5-11, 190-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., is the son of a high school coach. He took most of the snaps during Weber State's final scrimmage.

"Both bring different things to the table," said Sears, adding that Chipoletti will see time on the field Saturday.

Protecting whoever plays quarterback will be an inexperienced offensive line anchored by senior center Tyson Tiatia. Five redshirt freshmen are listed on the two-deep.

Weber State finished 2-9 last season and didn't win a home game.

"Our biggest thing is starting fast," Sears said.

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