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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Weber football preview: It's now Mailei's time


OGDEN — For Weber State fullback Marcus Mailei, it was time.

During the offseason prior to his senior season with the Wildcats, it was time for him to take his strength and conditioning to another level.

It was time for him to get serious about his aspirations to play in the National Football League. It was time for him, as a team captain, to become a leader by example.

"He's had a hell of a camp," said Wildcats coach Ron McBride. "He's been a big-time player since he's been here. But this is the best shape he's been in, the best condition he's been in."

Mailei, a Highland High graduate and all-Big Sky Conference pick in 2007, has lost 15 pounds since the end of last season and increased his bench press and squat maxes. He now benches 405 pounds and squats 565.

Mailei, in his previous three seasons at Weber State, has already established himself as a key component of the team's offense. With one last season to play college football, he's leaner, stronger and looking to make a bigger impact for the Wildcats.

"It's a personal thing, too," Mailei said. "I've always been a competitor. Hopefully it (the hard work) transfers to the field and everything goes as planned this season."



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