Utah State’s transition to the Mountain West Conference just got easier.

That’s because Mark Weber, who has coached in the MWC, is joining the Aggies’ football staff.

Weber, who has 34 years of collegiate coaching experience, was named USU’s offensive line coach, announced Monday by Aggie head coach Matt Wells.

“Mark Weber is a veteran offensive line coach with a background as a tough, fierce competitor,” Wells said. “Mark brings a great deal of experience with him to Utah State and has tremendous knowledge about football in the state of Utah.

“His time spent in the Mountain West Conference will aid us as we transition into a new league. We welcome Mark and his family to Logan.”

Weber comes to USU after spending the past six years as the offensive line coach at rival BYU. He helped the Cougars to six bowl appearances, as well as the 2007 MWC championship.

During his time at BYU, Weber coached six first-team all-MWC offensive linemen, including two All-Americans in Dallas Reynolds and Matt Reynolds.

Weber is looking forward to working with Wells and the Aggies.

“I’m really excited to work for Matt Wells,” Weber said. “There is great energy and momentum with the Aggie program and I’m thrilled to get the chance to help in its growth.

“Matt is innovative and energetic, and did a fantastic job as Utah State’s offensive coordinator. I love the way those offensive linemen play with their mindset and attitude, and I can’t wait to be part of that program and around those kids.”

Prior to his stint at BYU, Weber spent one season at North Carolina (2006). He also coached at Fresno State, UCLA, UNLV, Nevada, Oregon State, Snow College, Eastern New Mexico, West Texas State and Missouri Western State College.

Weber began his coaching career at Los Angeles Valley College in 1979 before joining the Idaho State staff in 1980. He helped the Bengals capture the 1981 Division I-AA national championship under USU alum Dave Kragthorpe.

The 55-year-old Weber graduated from Cal Lutheran in 1980. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from Idaho State in 1981.

Weber, who played offensive guard for two seasons at Cal Lutheran, and his wife, Kathryn, have two daughters — Allie and KaCee.

Fackrell recognized

USU linebacker Kyler Fackrell was named to the 12th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team.

The FWAA began naming a Freshman All-America team in 2001 and Fackrell is the first Aggie to be honored.

The 6-foot-5, 236-pound native of Mesa, Ariz., is one of three Western Athletic Conference players named to the FWAA All-America Team, joining Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon and San Jose State place-kicker Austin Lopez.

Fackrell is the lone player from the Beehive State to be recognized.

The FWAA All-America Team consists of 30 players, who were selected by an 11-person panel of nationally prominent writers. Both true freshmen (14 players) and redshirt freshmen (16), like Fackrell, were considered for the team.

In 2012, Fackrell became just the fourth USU freshman in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors, joining Paul Grier (1993), defensive end Nate Putnam (2000) and return specialist Kevin Robinson (2004).

Fackrell ranked fourth on the team in tackles (87) and was second in interceptions (3), second in quarterback hurries (7), third in tackles for loss (8.0) and sixth in sacks (2). He also recorded three pass breakups, one blocked kick, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

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