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

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 12:35 p.m. MDT

NOTE: All dates, times and locations subject to change.

-USU-

UTAH STATE FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE QUOTES

HEAD COACH GARY ANDERSEN

Opening statement:

“Overall, one’s versus two’s, I thought that the one defense played very, very well. The two offense never really got anything going, at all. One offense was better at times. I thought Chuckie (Keeton) did a nice job of taking the one’s down the field and get an opportunity to get a touchdown and get a field goal in the drive sessions. Red zone was just okay; backed up (against goal line) was not very good. I thought the offense was improved but not where we need to be, by any stretch of the imagination. The defense kind of flew around, not as many big plays, not as many picks. The opportunities for players to make plays, I think, presented themselves much more for the offense today.”

“We had some kids not make plays in certain situations, which they have to. The special teams, two great punt returns and two great learning clips of how not to deal with a punt while it is in the air. Those are two young kids doing that back there. We need to be better and we will, but they’ve got some explosiveness and it will be interesting to see how they progress from there. Field goal kicking was poor. It needs to improve, so we will have to see.”

Thoughts on going for it on fourth down inside the 40-yard line?

“Inside the 40? The 40 we will go for sure. We will see what happens. We will have a kicker that will be all right. At the end of the day, they’ll answer the bell and we’ll be okay. We had a couple of protection problems today, also in that area; a lot of work to be done. It is good for those kids to get those blocks but we’ll see how it goes. Everybody has challenges starting with me, so I have got to get them better. That is the bottom line.”

On the play of Cameron Webb:

“Cameron Webb did a great job. Cam played very, very well and had some key catches. I think he and Chuckie (Keeton) got a little connection going, which is great to see. Especially when your two top receivers don’t play and you can’t under-estimate that for the offense either. When you don’t have Matt Austin and you don’t have Chuck Jacobs, it is hard. You don’t have Kerwynn Williams either. It gets really tough and two brand new backs that are basically half the time being told what to do because it is a fairly complicated offense just being in it for two days. I thought Cam did a nice job and stepped up and made some nice plays for us.”

On the running back situation looking toward the season:

“Right now I don’t think we saw exactly what we wanted to see out of them tonight. It was tough sledding; the defense did a nice job against the run for the most part, on both sides. Neither one of them took a jump over the other one and I don’t think anyone will walk away from here tonight saying, ‘Yep, Kelvin (Lee) and Abou (Toure), that is our third back.’ We don’t know yet so we are going to have to get some very structured practice time for those kids and let them understand the playbook and see where we go. They are going to get an opportunity to get to do some things on Saturday.”

What about the offensive line, where are they at?

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