USU football adds linebacker to signing class

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen announced the signing of another student-athlete to a letter of intent to play for the Aggies, adding Kyler Fackrell to USU’s 2010 signing class.Fackrell, a 6-5, 205-pound linebacker, is from Mesa, Ariz., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Mesa High School, playing linebacker all season while also playing quarterback for three games and wide receiver in the others. He earned 5A-I all-region and all-Mesa Tribune honors on both offense and defense in leading the Jackrabbits to a 9-5 record and runner-up in the State 5A-I playoffs, Mesa HS’s first 5A state championship game appearance in 17 years. Fackrell posted 68 tackles (25 solo, 43 assists) with eight pass break-ups, two interceptions and one forced fumble. On offense, Fackrell tallied 36 receptions for 662 yards (18.3 ypc) with five TD’s and a season-long of 63 yards. He also had 22 rushes for 159 yards (7.2 ypc) with three TD’s and a season-long of 97 yards. Fackrell was also 22-of-38 (.579) passing for 334 yards (15.2 ypp) with four TD’s and one INT. Fackrell’s 97-yard TD run tied the second-longest rush in school history, which came on Oct. 2 as part of his 103 rushing yard outing along with four catches for 65 yards , earning him the U.S. Air Force Team Player of the Week award.In 2008, Fackrell also earned MHS’s MVP award after starting at quarterback, safety and kick/punt return specialist, along with 5A-I all-region honors. He also earned 5A-I all-region honors in both basketball and volleyball, and was a four-time letterwinner in basketball and a two-time letterwinner in volleyball. Fackrell’s signing brings USU’s signing class back up to 28, after mid-year signing and junior college transfer Jeremy LaPan left the program in February.Andersen and the Aggies are in the midst of spring practice, which will culminate with the annual Blue-White Spring Game, which is open to the public, on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at Romney Stadium.Utah State will return 45 letterwinners (21 offense, 22 defense, two special teams), including 19 starters (eight offense, nine defense, two special teams), from last season’s 4-8 mark, the Aggies’ most wins since 2002. Utah State was 3-5 in WAC action, matching the 2008 season for top conference record in USU’s five years 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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