LOGAN, Utah – Over 300 youth Wasatch Front Football League (WFFL) players participated in a Utah State football clinic Thursday evening following USU’s practice at the USU Football Practice Fields. Players from Logan, Sky View, Mountain Crest, Box Elder and Bear River were involved in the hour-long clinic, learning skills and techniques on both offense and defense. “This feels great,” sophomore wide receiver Travis Reynolds said. “Anything I can do to give back to this community is a big positive for this program, and I’m glad to help out the Cache Valley community. You can never learn too much, there’s always something, even if its little, that you can work on.” Aggie players and coaches put the youth players through various drills, working on everything from passing to blocking, tackling to scooping up a fumble. “It’s great to have all the youth out here. They put a smile on your face and the light-heartedness and love of the game is awesome that they have,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “For our kids, it’s important and I think it’s important for our staff, too. Not just because we reach out and ask people to come to this, but it’s good for us to be in that setting and be able to see these little kids we see sometimes out in public.” Reynolds was part of the wide receiver station, which taught the youth players about running routes and blocking. Reynolds didn’t learn how to play football until he was 11 years-old, so he was happy to help younger gets get a start on their football careers. “I feel as a role model, I can teach kids some basics and different techniques to help them get better. It’s a bit positive for them to learn as much as they can for the more experience they can get,” Reynolds said. Following the drills, Andersen addressed the group, as well as senior linebacker Bobby Wagner and sophomore safety McKade Brady, a local product who grew up in the Sky View system. Wagner and Brady talked about having a love for the game and being a student of the game of football. “For our kids to be involved in the community, it’s one more opportunity for our young men to understand how important that truly is,” Andersen said. “They know it’s important and they love doing it. It was a great experience and I think it will probably grow a little bit from here and keep it moving in the right direction.” Andersen and his staff took advantage of the bye week to conduct the clinic, and thought it benefitted everyone in the program. “It’s great for myself, great for the team and great for the coaches. I hope everybody that came enjoyed it. They seemed to. There were a lot of kids and a lot of lines,” Andersen said. “I got an opportunity to speak to them for a little bit and I love to talk to the young kids when I get a chance.” After the first of two bye weeks on the season this week, Utah State continues its two-game homestand by hosting border-foe Colorado State for USU’s Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie Athletics 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 by clicking on the “tickets” button. Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on 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-
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