Aggie Football Has Successful Scrimmage Saturday

Aggie Fact of the Day: Utah State will face four teams in the Associated Press (AP) Preseason Poll, which was released Saturday… Just like the USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Poll, only one of them is in the Top 25, as USU’s season-opening opponent Auburn is at No. 23 in the AP Preseason Poll, compared to No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll… The Aggies will also take on BYU (Sept. 30), Hawai’i (Nov. 5) and Nevada (Nov. 26), who are all among others receiving votes in the AP Poll, as well as the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Aggie Tidbit of the Day: The Aggies’ season-opener at Auburn is not only the first-ever meeting between the two teams, but it is also USU’s first trip to the state of Alabama since 2005, when the Aggies played the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama… Utah State made two trips to the Yellowhammer State in 2004, opening against the Crimson Tide, and then four weeks later returned to the state to take on the Trojons of Troy University.LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football conducted its second scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium and Aggie head coach Gary Andersen liked what he saw on both sides of the ball.”If you break down the scrimmage, the offense was sustaining drives finding a way to get scores and sustaining drives is very important,” Andersen said. “I thought that the one’s on defense were stout on the running game. We didn’t allow a big run jump out on us like it did last week. If you look back at last week’s defense, I believe there was a run for 99 yards, a 30 and a mid-20 against us. I don’t think that there was a run that long today, I am sure there wasn’t a 99-yarder but we were able to hold the runs down to a minimum.”The Aggies went through over 110 plays, including roughly 80 from scrimmage, but worked on all phases of the game, including punts, punt return, kickoffs and kickoff returns, all of which they didn’t do in Tuesday’s first scrimmage of fall camp. Andersen rested several players for various reasons, but was pleased with Saturday’s outcome.Former Wyoming, Montana and Northern Colorado head coach Joe Glenn spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the USU team, watching practice, watching film and meeting with the coaching staff and the players, and is was impressed with the Aggie squad.”I think they’re right on the cusp of something special here. I think a lot of it will go into the hands of the quarterbacks. I think that if they can get an answer there, they’re good enough just about everywhere else to really compete. I’m really excited about how it will all play out for them. They need to get a break early in the season. We’re all saying believe right now, but I think we’ll have everyone saying they believe if they can just get that firecracker win early and get some fire in their sail.” Also unlike Tuesday’s scrimmage when the running game had the majority of the big plays, it was the passing game that found the end zone Saturday. Junior quarterback Adam Kennedy was 12-of-17 passing for 179 yards with two touchdowns, while freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 7-of-16 passing for 100 yards with a TD toss, as well as gaining 11 yards on the ground in the controlled scrimmage.Senior wide receiver Xavier Martin had five catches for 68 yards, with 25 of them coming on a TD pass from Keeton on the first play of a red zone series. Senior wide receiver Eric Moats had three receptions for 37 yards, including a 4-yard TD pass from Kennedy, while junior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs had two catches for 36 yards with a 21-yard TD from Kennedy. Sophomore wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen had one catch for 38 yards, but fumbled on the play for the scrimmage’s lone turnover. Senior running back Michael Smith totalled 38 yards on five carries while junior running back Robert Turbin had nine carries for 31 yards. Junior running back Joey DeMartino added 31 yards on eight carries.Junior cornerback Jumanne Robertson led the defense with seven tackles while sophomore linebacker Jake Doughty and senior safety Alfred Bowden added five stops apiece. Senior linebacker Reuben Willis, senior defensive end Quinn Garner, junior linebacker Maurice Alexander and freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell all posted one tackle for loss each, with Garner’s coming on a QB sack.Redshirt-freshman Tavaris McMillian forced the Van Leeuwen fumble, that sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil scooped up and ran back 50 yards. Freshman placekicker Jacob Haueter was 6-of-10 on field goals with a long of 45-yards, while sophomore Josh Thompson was 8-of-15 with a long of 42. Haueter punted twice for a 51.0 average with a long of 57, matched by junior Tyler Bennett as part of his 47.0 average, and redshirt-freshman Jaron Bentrude had a 43.0 average with a long of 45.The Aggies will have Sunday off before practicing twice on Monday, first at 9:15 a.m. and then at 3:45. USU will have a single practice on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. and two on Wednesday before scrimmaging again on Thursday, scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. On Friday, USU will practice twice in final preparation for the final scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday. {see below for complete practice schedule, as of 3 p.m., 8/17/11}USU in preparation for the 2011 season opener on Saturday, Sept. 3 at No. 23/19 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 Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics. USU Football Practice Dates, Times and LocationsMon., Aug. 22 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Practice FieldTues., Aug. 23 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldWed., Aug. 24 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Practice FieldThurs., Aug. 25 – 1 p.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * ScrimmageFri., Aug. 26 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Practice FieldSat., Aug. 27 – Noon ** Scrimmage – part of Aggie Football Family Fun Day – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium **End of campAs of 3 p.m., 8/17/11 – DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS AND OPEN PRACTICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE-USU-

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