USU Football Dons Pads, Meets Media Wednesday

Aggie Fact of the Day: Utah State’s wide receiver corps returns nine of the top 10 receivers from last year, including team-leader junior WR Dontel Watkins (42 catches, 492 yards), and the Aggies also welcome back 2009’s leading receiver, junior WR Stanley Morrison, back after missing the 2010 season with an injury… Morrison had 616 yards on 33 catches (18.7 ypc) with three TDs in 2009… The USU receiving corps also welcomes back Matt Austin, who missed the 2009 season with an injury and played in one game in 2010 before suffering a season-ending injury, making one catch for 59 yards in the Oklahoma game.Aggie Tidbit of the Day: The Aggies’ roster has 17 different U.S. states represented, which is one of two countries represented as sophomore defensive end Connor Williams is from Canada. LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football practiced in shoulder pads for the first time in fall camp Wednesday morning and then met with the media in the afternoon as part of the annual Media Day.Local and state media were at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium for Utah State football’s annual media day, as the Aggies took the 2011 team photo, position photos and several other photos, then USU head coach Gary Andersen addressed the media and Aggie football players were on hand for several interviews and photo opportunities that precede a highly anticipated season of USU football.Wednesday morning USU was on the practice field for the third practice of the fall camp, but in shoulder pads for the first time as part of the NCAA’s five-day “acclimatization period,” after the Aggies were in shorts and helmets for their first two practices. USU’s first session in full pads is Friday and the first two-a-day is slated for Saturday, Aug. 7.Defensive highlights from Wednesday’s practice included several backfield disruptions by many different members of the linebacking corps, as well as a pass break-up by junior college transfer cornerback Jumanne Robertson and an interception by fellow junior college transfer cornerback Terrance Altson. Offensive highlights included a long pass play by sophomore wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen along with solid runs by the Robert running backs, junior Robert Turbin and sophomore Robert Marshall.Wednesday was the third of Utah State’s 29 preseason practices before the season opener against No. 19 Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. (MT).Thursday’s practice and the rest of the practices all week are at the practice field. All practices of the preseason are open to the public. Fans are encouraged to stay in the stands when the team is practicing on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium and in the bleachers at the practice field. All open practices are subject to change.USU’s preseason concludes with a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Noon as part of Utah State Aggie Football Family Fun Day, sponsored by Macey’s Foods. The event provides fans a chance to meet USU football players and coaches, participate in games and activities as well as purchase and pick-up season tickets. Activities sponsored by Macey’s Foods will begin on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium. Season tickets as well as two-game packages will be also available for purchase at the USU Football Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Romney Stadium Box Office, which is located on the South end of Romney Stadium.After its season-opener at Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 3, Utah State’s home opener is on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT), taking on in-state foe Weber State, marking the first time that USU and WSU have squared off since 2001, and Utah State leads the all-time series, 11-1. The Aggie-Wildcat match-up will have special meaning for Andersen, who will be facing his mentor, Weber State head coach Ron McBride. Andersen played for McBride at Utah in 1985-86.For USU football 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.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball. 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 LocationsThurs., Aug. 11 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice Field Fri., Aug. 12 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldSat., Aug. 13 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice Field ** First two-a-dayMon., Aug. 15 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldTues., Aug. 16 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * ScrimmageWed., Aug. 17 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldThurs., Aug. 18 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldFri., Aug. 19 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldSat., Aug. 20 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * ScrimmageMon., Aug. 22 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldTues., Aug. 23 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldWed., Aug. 24 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldThurs., Aug. 25 – 1 p.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * ScrimmageFri., Aug. 26 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldSat., Aug. 27 – Noon ** Scrimmage – part of Aggie Football Family Fun Day – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium **End of campAs of 8/8/11 – DATES, TIMES AND OPEN PRACTICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE-USU-

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