Andersen Addresses Utah State Football Quarterback Situation Monday

Aggie Fact of the Day:Utah State is one of seven Western Athletic Conference teams to play in the first weekend, as Nevada has an opening-weekend bye, and the Aggies are one of four WAC teams to open on the road, joining San Jose State at Stanford, Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi and Fresno State vs. California at San Francisco.Aggie Tidbit of the Day:USU’s match-up at Auburn on Sept. 3 is one of two contests in the opening week where both teams’ quarterbacks will be making their first career start, as Barrett Trotter will be Auburn’s signal-caller and making his first start, while USU’s starting quarterback either junior Adam Kennedy or freshman Chuckie Keeton will not only also be starting for the first time, but also playing in their first Football Bowl Subdivision game… When Ohio State takes on Akron on the same day, both of those teams’ QB’s will also be making their respective first career starts. Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen addressed the Aggies’ quarterback situation following Monday’s pair of practices, and the USU starting quarterback will not be made public until the team’s first series in its season-opener at Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 3.Junior college transfer Adam Kennedy and freshman Chuckie Keeton have been sharing the reps during USU’s practices and scrimmages, getting equal time and shares of running the offense. Whoever the Aggies’ signal-caller is, he will be not only be making his first Football Bowl Subdivision appearance, but also their first start. USU is one of at least 26 other FBS teams in the country whose quarterback will be making their first FBS start in their season-opener. “The staff and the football team are very comfortable with our quarterback situation. Playing a quality opponent like Auburn, we believe it is important for us to gain every advantage we can. Announcing a starting quarterback could possibly be a disadvantage for our football team,” Andersen said.USU was in full pads for the morning practice on the practice fields and in helmet, pads and shorts on the turf of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium in the afternoon. In the afternoon practice, senior safety Alfred Bowden snared an interception while senior wide receiver Eric Moats had multiple long pass plays as well as junior wide receiver Matt Austin.Andersen also announced that redshirt-freshman quarterback Alex Hart has left the team for personal reasons.Utah State’s practice schedule has also changed, and the squad will not have a formal scrimmage on Thursday as originally scheduled. The Aggies will practice on Tuesday from 2:40-4:20 p.m., before practicing twice on Monday, first at 9:15 a.m. and then at 3:45 p.m. USU will have a single practice on Thursday at 2:40 p.m. On Friday, USU will practice twice, first at 9:15 a.m. and then at 3:45 p.m., in final preparation for the final scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday. {see below for complete practice schedule, as of 12 p.m., 8/22/11}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 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 LocationsTues., Aug. 23 – 2:40 – 4:20 p.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney StadiumWed., Aug. 24 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice Field / 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney StadiumThurs., Aug. 25 – 2:40-4:20 p.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney StadiumFri., 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 12 p.m., 8/22/11 – DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS AND OPEN PRACTICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE-USU-

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