USU football practices closed to public

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 30 2011 8:49 a.m. MDT

While all of Utah State's football practices during preseason camp were open to the public, practices are now closed as the Aggies are in preparation for the 2011 season-opener Saturday at No. 23/19 Auburn, USU head coach Gary Andersen announced Monday.

USU kicks off the 2011 season and Andersen’s third year at the helm of the Aggies on Saturday at Auburn at 10 a.m. MDT, which will be aired on ESPN2. Fans can watch on the Internet through ESPN3 and follow along with GameTracker, with all links at www.UtahStateAggies.com.

Beginning this fall, in addition to KVNU 610 AM, KZNS 1280 AM and 97.5 FM (Salt Lake City), KZNU 1450 AM (St. George) and KVEL 920 AM (Vernal) will all carry the one-hour pregame and postgame shows for every Aggie football game in addition to the 50-minute weekly coaches shows.

KRPX 95.3 FM (Price) will carry every Aggie football game, in addition to the one-hour pregame and postgame shows, and KCPX 1490 AM (Moab) will carry all 12 of Utah State’s football games this year, which will also include the pregame and postgame shows.

All Aggie football games also will be on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on “Listen Live.” Legendary radio commentator Al Lewis will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie SID Craig Hislop will provide analysis.

After its season-opener at Auburn on Saturday, Utah State’s home opener will be on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m., 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 or online 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the “tickets” drop down menu.

Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball, through Facebook at “Utah State Football,” or through 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.

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

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