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Published: Wednesday, March 23 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

The event will also feature a lecture by Andrew Cherng, founder and chairman of Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., Cherng opened the first Panda restaurant in 1973 with his father. He has been with the company ever since and has watched Panda Express become one of the most successful restaurant chains in North America. Panda Restaurant Group reports that it now employs nearly 18,000 associates and brings in more than $1.4 billion in sales.

FOOTBALL: The team opens spring camp on Wednesday, taking the field for the first of its 15 practices which culminates with the annual Blue-White Spring Game on April 23.

Head coach Gary Andersen is entering his third spring at the helm of the Aggie program, leading the squad into its first practice of the spring on the turf of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Andersen and his staff will conduct spring camp on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday rotation, weather permitting. The lone exception is the Spring Game on Saturday, April 23, which is the final practice of the spring.

Andersen and his staff are anxious to get the spring season underway.

"We're excited and ready to start the second quarter of our season, which is spring practice. We expect a highly competitive battle for positions in all three phases, and every spot is up for grabs," Andersen said. "Our student-athletes have done a very nice job in their offseason workouts getting ready for the spring, and we're all excited and ready to get going."

All practices are scheduled for Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, but will shift to the Stan Laub Indoor Facility if there is inclement weather. Practices are currently scheduled to be open to the public, but are subject to change.

"We won't be in pads for the first two days, using those practices to teach. We'll then put the pads on Monday and get into full action of spring practice," Andersen said.

All practices are tentatively open to the public, but they must remain off the field. When the Aggies are on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, fans must remain in the stands at all times. All open practices are subject to change.

The Spring Game will kick off at 2 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Admission will again be free to the public and further details along with events surrounding the Spring Game will be released at a later date.

USU Football Spring Practice Schedule

Wed., March 23 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Fri., March 25 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Mon., March 28 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., March 30 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Fri., April 1 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Mon., April 4 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., April 6 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Fri., April 8 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Mon., April 11 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., April 13 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Fri., April 15 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Mon., April 18 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., April 20 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Fri., April 22 - 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Sat., April 23 - 2 p.m. - Spring Game

TRACK AND FIELD: Senior Eric Larson and junior Joe Canavan were named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week. This is the first honor for Larson and the second-career outdoor honor and third-overall honor for Canavan.

Larson, a native of Missoula, Mont., won the 1500m at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Ariz. over the weekend. Larson posted a WAC-leading time of 3:51.84 that currently ranks 17th in the nation and 12th in the NCAA West Region. He also placed third in the 800m with a time of 1:53.76.

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