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‘I’ll probably cry when I see them’; It's a family reunion in Tucson for the Weerts family

Luke is a senior linebacker for North Dakota State, while MoJo is a redshirt freshman at Arizona.

Weerts Brothers
MoJo Weerts (on the left) is a redshirt freshman linebacker at the University of Arizona. Saturday night, he will face his older brother, Luke, a senior linebacker at North Dakota State. Dom Izzo/WDAY Sports.
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FARGO - Saturday's North Dakota State football game with the University of Arizona will have double meaning for one football family.

The Weerts' of Batavia, Illinois have had this game circled on the calendar for the better part of two and a half years.

"I'm probably going to cry when I see them. Anytime I get to see the kids it's just awesome. What a blessing it will be Saturday." Julie Weerts said.

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North Dakota State's Luke Weerts celebrates his tackle on Missouri State's Cairo Payne on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Springfield, Mo. David Samson / The Forum

Awesome is one word to describe what the experience will be like Saturday in Tuscon for the Weerts family.

Luke is a senior linebacker at NDSU, who has played since his freshman year. His younger brother Matt, who goes by the nickname Mojo, is a redshirt freshman linebacker. At Arizona.

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"Ever since he committed there, we knew that game was coming up on the schedule, we've been talking about it." Luke said.

"We've been butting heads since we were little kids, so this is going to be a fun one."

Mojo wasn't available to speak to WDAY but his family says this is an unplanned family reunion.

"It's a cool experience to have your sons on the same field on different sides, it's just going to be fun for us." said the patriarch of the family, Matt.

Each player was a highly decorated high school player out of Chicago-suburb, Batavia. Luke committed to NDSU in June of 2018 over a host of offers, which included Kansas State.

Bison head coach Matt Entz inserted Weerts into the lineup in his freshman season in 2019, playing mostly on special teams.

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The Weerts family pictured, MoJo on the far left, Luke, older brother Ben, dad Matt. In front, mom, Julie and sister, Abby. Photo submitted by Matt Weerts.

Luke has battled injuries the past couple of seasons, including playing just three games in 2021. He has returned from a serious back injury to battle for the starting middle linebacker spot this fall for the Bison.

MoJo has yet to see the field for the Wildcats. He too was sought after by NDSU, according to Luke, the Bison were in MoJo's top three choices before committing to Arizona.

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The Weerts brothers have never played against one another. They shared the field briefly in their hometown of Batavia. Saturday, they'll be on national TV on FOX Sports 1.

"They have instructions to find someone with a phone while they're still in uniform to get a picture of each of them together." Matt said.

"That week probably not chat with each other probably send a jab on Friday night." Luke said. "My mom will have her eyes covered, but my dad will be able to watch. I know both of them are very proud of us."

They will share the field in pregame warmups, but after that, it's about winning. Julie says that the Weerts' oldest brother Ben, is responsible for making shirts for the more than ten family members in attendance.

Both the Bison and Arizona logos will be on the shirts.

When asked for a prediction on who will win, Julie gave a fairly predictable answer.

"Aren't there ties in college football? I think the Bison-Cats will win the game."

Matt added; "You want them to look back on it years from now and walk away with a great experience. It really is unique."

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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