Aggie Football Tunes Up For Tuesday’s Scrimmage With Solid Two-A-Day Monday

LOGAN, Utah – Monday served as not only Utah State football’s second two-a-day of preseason camp, but it was also a tune-up for Tuesday’s first scrimmage of the preseason for the Aggies.USU head coach Gary Andersen and his staff put the squad through its second two-a-day practice, which came after their first off day of camp, getting Sunday off after the first week of camp.”It was very good, physical practice this morning. The kids came out with a good attitude. The point of emphasis for us to take the next step is to continue to understand our schemes, both offensively and defensively, and on special teams. It was a solid day of practice, but our execution still has a ways to go,” Andersen said. After a full-pad practice in the morning, USU returned to action in the evening for practice in helmets, practice jerseys and helmets, fine-tuning things for Tuesday’s scrimmage.”Our afternoon practice was very brief, with no pads. We just wanted to get them ready for the scrimmage tomorrow and keep them fresh, so we worked a lot on the mental aspect of things. We also spent a lot of valuable time with the young kids,” Andersen said.Monday’s practice gave both offensive and defensive units an opportunity to evaluate their first seven days of practice heading into Tuesday’s scrimmage. “I think everything went pretty well for the offense today,” senior offensive tackle Spencer Johnson said. “We’re still learning a lot and the younger guys are picking things up well. We still have a ways to go. There were a couple big plays today in both practices. Tomorrow will be a very good gauge as to where we’re at as an offensive unit, and how much we have to work on.”The Aggies’ first scrimmage is slated for roughly 9:15 a.m. Tuesday morning at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. The offensive, defensive and special teams units are anxious to see how their first scrimmage goes.”As far as the defense goes, I think we had a bit of a down day. We had some mental mistakes in things that our coaches have been talking to us about. We had too many fundamental and mental errors. We really need to clean those up for our scrimmage tomorrow,” senior defensive tackle Sean Enesi. “As a defense, we did solid today but we have a lot of room for improvement.”Andersen singled out a pair of redshirt-freshmen in cornerback McCade Brady, who had a solid day highlighted by an interception during seven-on-seven, and linebacker Zach Vigil, who Andersen said will get a long look at the stud linebacker position on Tuesday.”Tomorrow should be a very interesting day, we should know a little bit more about this team after tomorrow,” Andersen said. Monday’s practice inched Utah State closer to the season opener against No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. (MT).All practices through Aug. 21 are tentatively open to the public, but fans must remain off the field. When USU is on the practice field, all fans must stay outside of the fence and when the Aggies are on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, fans must remain in the stands at all times. All practices from Aug. 23 through Sept. 3 are closed to the public. All open practices are subject to change.USU’s final scrimmage of the fall will be in association with Utah State Aggie Football Family Fun Day, sponsored by Macey’s Foods, and will be held on Saturday, August 21 at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. The event provides fans a chance to meet USU football players and coaches, participate in games and activities as well as purchase season tickets.Activities sponsored by Macey’s Foods will begin at 12:30 p.m., on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium. DownEast Home & Clothing will also be at Aggie Football Family Fun Day with a big $5 tent sale set up on the south concourse. USU’s football scrimmage gets underway at 1 p.m.Season tickets as well as two-game packages will be also available for purchase at the USU Football Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Romney Stadium Box Office, which is located on the South end of Romney Stadium. Season tickets will also be available for pickup for fans that ordered reserved west or east side season tickets prior to July 20, as well as anyone who purchased general admission, Junior Aggie, or family plan tickets. Fans that ordered reserved west or east side season tickets after July 20 will need to pick up their tickets from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Ticket Office the week of the first home game beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7.USU opens the 2010 season at Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 4, while Utah State’s home-opener is Saturday, Sept. 11 vs. border-foe Idaho State at 6 p.m. (MT).To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the “tickets” drop down menu.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball and through the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.USU Football Practice Dates, Times and LocationsTues., Aug. 17 – 9-10:45 a.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium ** Scrimmage **Wed., Aug. 18 – 9-10:45 a.m. / 4:55-6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldThurs., Aug. 19 – 9-11 a.m. – Practice FieldFri., Aug. 20 – 9-10:45 a.m. / 4:55-6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldSat., Aug. 21 – 1 p.m. ** Scrimmage – part of Aggie Football Family Fun Day – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium **Mon., Aug. 23 – Sat., Aug. 28 – Closed PracticesEnd of training campMon., Aug. 30 – Fri., Sept. 3 – Closed Practices*** Note: Fans coming to open practices must remain off the field. When USU is on the practice field, all fans must stay outside of the fence and when the Aggies are on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, fans must remain in the stands at all times. All practices from Aug. 23 through Sept. 3 are closed to the public. All open practices are subject to change-USU-

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