Aggie football opens spring camp Tuesday

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football will open 2010 spring camp on Tuesday, March 23, taking the field for the first of its 15 practices which culminates with the annual Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 24. Head coach Gary Andersen is entering his second spring at the helm of the Aggie program and USU will have approximately 90 players in action Tuesday when the Aggies take to the turf of Romney Stadium. All practices will be held at Romney Stadium, unless bad weather forces them inside the Laub Indoor Practice Facility. Utah State will practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for the next five weeks starting Tuesday through the Spring Game on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. All weekday practices are closed to the public while the Saturday practices on April 10 and 17 will be scrimmages open to the public along with the Spring Game on April 24. Andersen and his staff are anxious to get the spring season underway. “We’re really excited to get going. Our players have done a phenomenal job during their offseason workouts getting bigger, faster and stronger and we’re ready to get out on the field,” Andersen said. “The players have also done a terrific job of making a major push in improving their mental preparation, learning the schemes along with the in’s and out’s of their position and their assignments.” Andersen and the Aggies will return 45 letterwinners (21 offense, 22 defense, two special teams), including 19 starters (eight offense, nine defense, two special teams). “Even though we have a lot of returners, no one’s job is guaranteed. There will be competition at every position this spring,” Andersen said. “One of our main goals is to improve in all areas, specifically administrative penalties as well as our production in the red zone, both offensively and defensively. On offense, we’ve got to get touchdowns while on defense, we’ve got to do a better job preventing the other team from scoring.” Utah State finished Andersen’s first year at the helm of the USU program with a 4-8 mark, the Aggies’ most wins since 2002. Utah State was 3-5 in WAC action, matching last season for top conference record in USU’s five seasons in the league. The Aggies were tied for fifth in the final league standings, USU’s highest-ever finish in its time in the conference and the best league finish since tying for fourth in the Sun Belt Conference in 2004. The Aggies have six home games in 2010, including a nationally-televised game on the ESPN network for the second-straight season, as the USU-BYU game on Friday, Oct. 1 will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2. Utah State football season ticket renewal applications have been mailed out. Fans can also renew online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu. For more ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. -USU-

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