USU football: Utah State football concludes second scrimmage of fall camp

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

Utah State football concluded its second scrimmage of fall camp under the lights on Merlin Olsen Field inside Romney Stadium Wednesday night under fourth year head coach Gary Andersen.

After allowing nine sacks and throwing five interceptions in its first scrimmage, USU’s offense showed improvement Wednesday, as it did not commit a single turnover and allowed just four sacks.

Utah State’s first team offense had plays early on during the scrimmage taking the initial drive 68 yards in seven plays before stalling inside the 10 and settling for a 25-yard field goal from junior place kicker Josh Thompson. Two series later, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 7-play, 65-yard drive.

Utah State had two more scoring drives toward the end of the scrimmage in red zone situations as sophomore place kicker Jacob Haueter connected on a 37-yard field goal, and sophomore running back Joe Hill scored on a 2-yard run.

Keeton finished the scrimmage 9-of-18 passing for 120 yards, while adding 25 rushing yards on three carries including a 29-yard scamper during a two-minute drill. Senior wide receiver Cameron Webb caught eight passes for 101 yards including a long of 30, and Hill finished the night with 53 yards rushing on 12 carries including one score.

Offensively, Utah State finished the scrimmage with 103 rushing yards on 41 carries and two touchdowns and was 17-of-33 passing for 159 yards as senior quarterback Adam Kennedy was 6-of-12 in the air for 34 yards.

Senior running back Kerwynn Williams and senior wide receivers Matt Austin and Chuck Jacobs did not participate in Wednesday’s scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball.

Defensively, redshirt sophomore safety Brian Suite continued his impressive play during fall camp recording a safety to go along with two sacks Wednesday night. Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell and junior defensive end Connor Williams also recorded one sack apiece.

Utah State also saw some positive plays from its special teams including a pair of blocked field goals from freshman cornerback Dredan Snowden. USU kickers converted 9-of-14 field goals overall, including a long of 53 yards by Thompson.

Utah State, which is in its second week of fall camp, will now practice Thursday from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., on the USU practice fields before returning to its normal two-a-day schedule Friday.

Utah State will conclude its second week of fall camp with a situational scrimmage as part of Aggie Football Family Fun Day, on Saturday, Aug. 18 beginning at 2 p.m.

All practices during fall camp, which concludes on Saturday, Aug. 25, are open to the public.

Season tickets and two-game packages can be purchased in person at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fans can also buy tickets over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or online.

Utah State Football Practice Dates, Times and Location

Thur., Aug. 16 --- 3:45 - 5:15 am (Practice Field)

Fri., Aug. 17 --- 9:15 - 11:15 am / 4:55 - 6:25 pm (Practice Field)

Sat., Aug. 18 --- 2:00 pm FOOTBALL FAMILY FUN DAY, sponsored by Macy's (Stadium)

Mon., Aug. 20 --- 9:15 - 11:15 am / 3:55 - 5:25 pm (Practice Field)

Tues., Aug. 21 --- 2:40 - 4:40 pm (Practice Field)

Wed., Aug. 22 --- 9:15 - 11:15 am / 3:55 - 5:25 pm (Practice Field)

Thur., Aug. 23 --- 2:40 - 4:40 pm (Practice Field)

Fri., Aug. 24 --- 2:40 - 4:40 pm (Practice Field)

Sat., Aug. 25 --- 12:00 - 2:00 pm (Stadium)

End of Camp

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