Rushing Game Highlights Tuesday’s Aggie Football Scrimmage

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football conducted its first scrimmage of the fall camp Tuesday morning at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, consisting of approximately 120 plays including 88 offense vs. defense, and USU head coach Gary Andersen saw it as a solid scrimmage, and was pleased with the Aggies’ big-play running game. A total of 11 different players rushed the ball, led by junior running back Robert Turbin’s 99-yard scamper for a touchdown, breaking through a pile up of linemen, but was pushed through by the offensive line and then dashed to the endzone for the TD, reminiscent of his school-record 96-yard run vs. Utah in 2009. Junior running back Kerwynn Williams added a 31-yard run and senior Michael Smith added a 20-yard rush. “If you just break down the offense. The big play offense, they got the big run by Turbin, the big run by Kerwynn and the big run by Michael, basically,” Andersen said. “We need to sustain drives, obviously. We need to get the ball down the field and we need to score in the red zone. We are not tackling the quarterbacks so there is going to be if’s and but’s, but whatever, you have got to score touchdowns when the opportunity presents itself. That will be an obvious negative, but to see some big plays come back in the offense is great for us. It was a tremendous play by Turbin, horrible tackling by the two defense at that point, but it is what it is. That was a big positive I would say.” Turbin ended the day with 105 yards, adding a 2-yard score to go with his 99-yard scamper. Williams totaled 43 yards on four carries with a TD while Smith added eight rushes for 40 yards. Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton tallied 37 rushing yards, including a three-yard scamper for a TD. “I think it was just a combination of it being a power play and the offensive line did a great job just keeping the push. They had hands on guys, they kept their feet moving and I just got behind those guys and I kept my feet moving. Then I saw a little bit of a crease there and just kind of swept into and then broke free,” Turbin said. The defense was led by senior linebacker Bobby Wagner with 10 tackles while junior linebacker/defensive end Bojay Filimoeatu added six tackles, three of them on sacks, while junior cornerback Terrell Thompson tallied six stops. “I think the defense stepped up to what Coach Andersen wanted us to step up to, even though we have a lot of work to do. Our first team was pretty good, our second team did alright, they just need to work on a few things. As a team we are coming together, as a family, contributing on both sides and competing on both sides” Filimoeatu said. The Aggies also worked on special teams, finishing a combined 22-of-28 on field goals, with freshman transfer Jacob Haueter hitting on 12-of-15, making a pair of 47-yarders, while sophomore Josh Thompson was 10-of-13, with a long of 42-yards. Utah State will practice twice on Wednesday, once on Thursday and twice more on Friday prior to scrimmaging again on Saturday, tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. {see below for complete practice schedule, as of 8/16/11} The Aggies are in preparation for the 2011 season opener on Saturday, Sept. 3 at No. 19 Auburn on national television at 10 a.m. (MT). 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 Locations Wed., Aug. 17 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Practice Field Thurs., Aug. 18 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice Field Fri., Aug. 19 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Practice Field Sat., Aug. 20 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * Scrimmage Mon., Aug. 22 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Practice Field Tues., Aug. 23 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice Field Wed., Aug. 24 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Practice Field Thurs., Aug. 25 – 1 p.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * Scrimmage Fri., Aug. 26 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice Field Sat., Aug. 27 – Noon ** Scrimmage – part of Aggie Football Family Fun Day – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium ** End of camp As of 8/16/11 – DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS AND OPEN PRACTICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE -USU-

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