STAR-BULLETIN / 2005
Weber State quarterback Cameron Higgins starred for Saint Louis School just a few years ago.
Higgins could hurt hometown team
This is the second in a series highlighting the teams the University of Hawaii football team will face this season. Next up - Weber State.
Cameron Higgins may be the best quarterback most college football fans haven't heard of. But those who follow Hawaii high school action know all about Higgins - he used to be the leader of the Saint Louis offense.
WEBER STATE WILDCATS
» Coach: Ron McBride (103-81, 15-18 at Weber State)
» 2007 record: 5-6, 4-4 Big Sky (tied for 4th)
» Hawaii series: First meeting
Higgins made a big splash as a freshman at Weber State last year, earning Big Sky newcomer of the year acclaim. He passed for 1,959 yards and 17 touchdowns after taking over the starting job in the fourth game of the season.
In the Wildcats' scrimmage Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Higgins completed all seven of his passes, including two for touchdowns.
"Cameron continues to become more and more of a leader. He's really matured over the past year and he has really had a pretty good week of practice," coach Ron McBride said after Saturday's final scrimmage of fall camp.
Weber State's offense is expected to be multi-dimensional, since running back Trevyn Smith, fullback Marcus Mailei and receiver/returner Bryant Eteuati - all three first-team Big Sky in 2007 - are back this year.
Smith led the conference in rushing the past two seasons, Mailei is a bruising short-yardage runner and blocker, and Eteuati paced all FCS teams with 207.5 all-purpose yards per game last fall.
The defense has potential, since the Wildcats were second in the league yielding 348.4 yards per game and return six starters.
Nose guard Bryce Scanlon was first-team All-Big Sky in 2007.
The Sept. 6 game at Aloha Stadium will be homecoming for Higgins and six other Wildcats players who list Hawaii as home. So does defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a.