Second USU football scrimmage scheduled for Saturday

Utah State football’s second official scrimmage of the spring is slated for Saturday, April 17. The scrimmage, which is open to the public, is set for a Noon start at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. The USU football program will welcome guest coach LaVell Edwards, an Aggie alum and former BYU coaching legend. Edwards will watch Saturday’s scrimmage, and also speak to the coaches and team. “We’ve had a great week of practice and watching film,” Aggie head coach Gary Andersen said. “Now its time to put all those preparations to use. It will be a game day-type preparation, arriving two hours early and going through a game day routine to get ready to play. We’ll be looking to see how they can mentally prepare to compete.” Similar to last Saturday’s scrimmage, Andersen and his staff will put the Aggies in different game situations and evaluate their performance. “We’ll go one’s versus two’s, in all sorts of situations. We want to see how they handle and perform in a game situation, everything from lining up correctly to completing their assignment,” Andersen said. “We’re looking for players to compete at a high level, who we can look toward to be a play-maker and who can reach their goals.” Edwards will be the third Aggie guest coach to spend time with the USU team, joining Dave Kragthorpe and Frank Layden. Edwards graduated from Utah State University in 1952. He was a three-year football letter-winner for the Aggies in 1949, `50 and `51 and was named to the school’s All-Century team as a linebacker in 1993. Edwards was also an all-Mountain States Conference selection as a halfback in 1950. Edwards coached Brigham Young University for 29 seasons from 1972-2000 and his 257 wins rank sixth all-time among Division I coaches. His accomplishments at BYU include winning the national championship in 1984, being named the national coach of the year in 1979 and 1984, earning seven WAC Coach of the Year honors, leading the Cougars to 21 bowl games, coaching a Heisman Trophy winner and two Outland Trophy winners. He was inducted in the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and named Utah’s Coach of the Century in 1996 by Utah Centennial Sports. Saturday’s scrimmage is the second of three slated for the spring, as the Aggies will conclude spring game with the Blue-White Spring Game, next on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Field 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.

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