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Aggies have successful scrimmage Saturday

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Aug. 28 2011 9:40 a.m. MDT

LOGAN — Utah State’s football preseason camp came to a close with a controlled, mock game set-up scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Merlin Olsen Field at Romey Stadium as part of Aggie Football Family Fun Day.

Activities started at 8:15 a.m. with youth football games and there were activities on the concourse along with games for Aggie fans of all ages, and fans could also purchase and pick-up season tickets.

After the scrimmage, fans were allowed on the field to meet and get autographs from USU football players and coaches, as well as participate in games and activities.

“We got done exactly what we wanted with a lot of game scenarios for us,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “It was a thud drill. I would have liked to do a little more live situations but right now, one week from today right now, the Auburn game is over. So it is not real smart to come out here and tackle people with less than seven days until the football game. I thought we handled some situations well. There is a lot to learn from the tape.”

Offensive scoring highlights were a 19-yard touchdown run by junior running back Kerwynn Williams and a 12-yard TD pass play from junior quarterback Adam Kennedy to redshirt-freshman Keegan Andersen.

Fellow redshirt freshman running back Joe Hill added a long run, and senior running back Josh Flores converted a long third-down play. Senior tight end Tarren Lloyd and freshman wide receiver Brandon Swindall also had long pass plays.

“I thought that we did well," Keegan Andersen said. "We had some of our main receivers sit out, but overall I think that our offense looks good. We have a week to prepare for Auburn and we will see where it goes from there.”

Defensive highlights included five sacks by the defense with five different players recording them, while junior linebacker/defensive end Bojay Filimoeatu added a pass break-up.

“I thought that the scrimmage reflected on how well camp went," said senior defensive end/linebacker Levi Koskan, who registered one of the sacks. "We had a lot of energy out there, guys were having fun, for the most part it was really clean. We have taken a lot of pride in what we are doing and this fall camp has been productive and you can see that reflected in the scrimmage today."

Saturday’s scrimmage was the conclusion of preseason camp, as USU will open game week on Monday in preparation for next Saturday’s season-opener at No. 23/19 Auburn at 10 a.m. (MT), which will be aired on ESPN2.

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.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.

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