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WEBER: GOOD NEWS: BECK’S BACK, BECAUSE HIS INJURY ISN’T BAD

SHARE WEBER: GOOD NEWS: BECK’S BACK, BECAUSE HIS INJURY ISN’T BAD

Weber defensive captain C.D. Beck completed Saturday night's game with a Wildcat-high 11 tackles, three unassisted, but he also finished the evening flat on his back underneath the Boise State bench with both his coach, Dave Arslanian, and Bronco Coach Skip Hall among those hovering over him.

Beck's injury looked serious enough to bring half the Wildcat coaching staff plus trainers and doctors across the field, where they stayed as Boise ticked off the final minutes of its 41-24 Big Sky Conference victory.But once it was over, Beck was sitting up, then helped to his feet. The report was a knee to the back during a tackle, and Arslanian said later that Beck should be OK.

That's good news for Weber. Beck is the Wildcats' leading tackler with 46 through four games. By comparison, he has two more than Kenny Kuehl, the top tackler for the top rush-defense team in the Big Sky, Boise State. Kuehl, an all-Big Sky first-teamer last season, had 12 tackles Saturday, one more than Beck, and has 44 for the season.

Boise's Tim O'Connor has 39 tackles for the season, Scott Russell (an '88 BSC first-teamer) has 37, and Boise's Erik Helgeson ('88 BSC first-teamer) has 25, although Helgeson's total of eight tackles Saturday included three sacks for -30 yards against Weber.

That puts Beck, an '88 Big Sky honorable mention, in good company.

Beck used to go by "Chad," but he says he prefers "C.D." now. He explains that it's "C.D." on his license plates, and teammates picked that up, so he likes it better.

Senior tight end Peter Macon had a career-high 12 pass receptions Saturday for 130 yards and his first TD of 1989.

"He's our money man," said Arslanian about Macon.

He made diving catches of hot line drives from Ryan Schmidt, who had the confidence to throw into double and triple coverage, figuring Macon would come up with the ball. Macon outjumped defenders for a 13-yard catch that set up his 26-yard TD reception at 7:26 of the second quarter. On the TD, "He just beat some people one on one, outmaneuvered them to put that in the end zone," Arslanian said.

Macon's helpful off the field, too. "He sees things happening and gives us good information when he comes off the field to help those young kids," Arslanian says.