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Weber goes for Cash

by Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Cash Knight had several choices to make his senior year at Park City High School: Play basketball or wrestling his senior year? In state or out of state next year? Weber State or Southern Utah University?

Knight chose to stay in state and attend Weber State University as a guard and center combination for the football team. He said he chose Weber because of the coaching staff, the academic opportunities, to remain close to family and friends, but mostly, because he has a good chance at playing as a true freshman.

"They don’t have a strong offensive line right now," he said. "I plan to go there and work hard, and start on the line my freshman year. To be a true freshman starter."

Knight, who will be joined by teammate and PCHS quarterback Erik Walker, said he also chose Weber because he trust the opinion of former Miner Tony Epperson who went to Weber after playing for the Miners in 2008.

"Tony was a big reason I chose Weber over SUU," Knight said. "Tony had great things to say about it. If he says the coaches are good and the program’s good, it’s a big deal to me. I have a lot of respect for him."

"And Erik’s been my quarterback for six years," Knight added. "These boys are my family."

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Knight also said he likes the mountains, and that was a big reason for staying in Utah instead of choosing an out-of-state college.

Knight, the son of Dana Bullock and Shawn Knight – a former NFL player who played for the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos and Phoenix Cardinals – said he didn’t start playing football until he was in seventh grade after being asked by one of the coaches.

"I was new in the area and didn’t have a lot of friends yet," he said.

Knight has played football and basketball ever since, until this year when he decided to trade in basketball for wrestling. A first-year wrestler, he won his weight bracket at Region last week and is 10-4 so far.

"I love basketball, but it was a nice change of pace," he said. "To be honest, I don’t know any (wrestling) moves. I’m very limited on what I know but I’ve been training in the weight room for years."

Knight is also a big supporter of other sports at PCHS, often attending volleyball and basketball games throughout the year.

"I’ve received so much support in football throughout my four years of playing by the high school and members of the community," he said. "I really enjoy just giving back a little bit. To show that I care what they’re doing. Plus, I just enjoy the atmosphere."