Here’s how the UC Davis football team shapes up entering this season.
Last year’s record: 3-8 (2-6 Big Sky Conference)
Coach: Dan Hawkins (first year)
Key departures: RB Manusamoa Luuga, RB Joshua Kelley, QB Ben Scott, DB Zach Jones
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Skinny: The Aggies have only 14 seniors, the fewest of any of the 13 teams in the Big Sky, so youth must be served. The program enthusiastically welcomes a coach who knows the “Aggie Way,” which includes 30 conference championships, 20 in succession from 1971-90, but just three since 1993, the last in 2009.
Players to watch
Brock Dale, QB: After passing for 2,266 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016, he’s the first to acknowledge that he needs to up those numbers to up the win total.
Jake Maier, QB: The California JC Player of the Year in 2016 at Long Beach City College (3,689 yards, 38 touchdowns) could end up as the starter.
Keelan Doss, WR: The preseason All-Big Sky pick had 66 catches for 911 yards, torching Sac State for four touchdowns.
Keleen Culberson, DB: The Aggies had just seven interceptions last season and need more stops.
Nas Anesi, LB: The longtime rugby player was an All-Big Sky honorable mention and had 60 tackles.
Aggies 2017 schedule
at San Diego State
vs. San Diego
at Portland State
at Weber State
vs. North Dakota
vs. Eastern Washington
at Northern Arizona
vs. Cal Poly
at Idaho State
vs. Southern Utah
at Sacramento State