Utah State football completes 2nd spring scrimmage Friday

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 21 2012 12:10 a.m. MDT

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2012 spring practice dates/times

Tuesday, April 24 — 6:15 to 8 a.m.

Thursday, April 26 — 6:15 to 8 a.m.

Saturday, April 28 — 2 p.m. Spring Game

Other comments from head coach Andersen:

General comments:

“I would still say consistently we are not stopping the run well enough on defense. Overall offensively, we're just not throwing and catching the ball consistently enough. There's not a lot of drops, but it's sometimes protections or the snaps, or just not getting open. We've got to throw and catch better and stop the run better. But there's a lot of good things on that tape.

"I'm excited about the young kids. Communication was better in the second group on both offense and defense. We had a great learning situation in the two-minute with the penalty. One timeout left, let the clock run down to 10 seconds, and had to make a hard field goal. We had a holding penalty in the two-minute situation where we got the ball on the chip-shot field goal. That's why we put ourselves in those positions.

"This week, the goal was to work on technique and then understand the strategies that go into situations. We will continue to harp on that with the young crew. You have to execute in critical times."

On Kyler Fackrell:

"We were right on the edge with him many times last year. He did a great job in the off-season, getting stronger and bigger. This week, his mind has cleared. The waters have settled a little bit and he can play a little bit faster in the defensive scheme than he has. He's a very talented young man. He's playing the field side linebacker, but he can play the bench, which is where Bojay Filimoeatu plays when he's healthy. We'll move him there when he's back and we'll move Fackrell over to the ‘F’ linebacker. That's going to be a spot that's going to be highly contested in the fall because Terrell Thompson will be back and full steam."

On next week’s schedule:

"One day we'll be in helmets and shoulder pads, then another day in just helmets. We'll do a little bit of game prep, then come out on Saturday. The game will be similar to this. We don't have the numbers to break off in offense/defense on each side of the ball."

On Friday’s crowd:

"Thanks for everybody coming out. It's great for the kids, brings a lot of emotion, a lot of excitement to see people out here supporting them. It was a great evening. It's a special time. It means a lot to them to have this kind of support, especially in the middle of spring."

Comments from redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell:

On Friday’s scrimmage:

"We've wanted to come out with more energy these last couple scrimmages, the outside linebackers in particular. We're young and haven't been making as many plays as they want us to make. We tried to come out with a lot of energy, fly around, and I feel like we did a lot better today than we have."

On the defense’s progress this spring:

"You can see it today. They got three touchdowns, but overall we were stuffing the run, and we were struggling with that at the beginning. We're coming together as a unit a lot better. Just in running to the ball and effort, and in technique and communication — that's what they've been emphasizing a lot — we've gotten a lot better. Today I did better. I started off good and tailed off in the middle, but today I did good and plan on doing well in the Spring Game."

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