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USU football: 2012 Aggie seniors have made many accomplishments throughout their seasons

By Megan Allen

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 24 2012 1:14 p.m. MST

As they prepare to move on from college and build careers, football or otherwise, outside of Utah State, these seniors leave the blueprints for a new sense of normalcy. Next year’s senior class is a large one, all of whom have learned from this year’s seniors and are looking to step up and fill their shoes.

“They’re a great class. If I hadn’t redshirted I would be with these guys right now. They’re my brothers. They bring a huge mentality to this team. They’re up here working as hard as they can every week,” junior center Tyler Larsen said. “You couldn’t ask for a better class. They’re one of the best we’ve had here in a long time. We’re grateful to have them here with all the leadership and support they give to this team. They have a big impact on our team.”

As their coach, Andersen is proud of the things he has seen from the class of 2012.

“I’ve told them from the very first day I recruited them that I expect them to be good people and turn young men into men,” Andersen said. “Just like every senior class that has come through here, it’s gone fast. They’ve done some special things. I’m sure 30 years from now, they’ll get to together and remember these special times and remember what they really started.”

However, Andersen is sure to remind these men what really matters.

“The wins are great, the bowl games are great, the chance to play for championships is great, but them walking away from here as men with a degree is way more important to me than any wins or losses,” he said.

With two games remaining in their college careers, the seniors are ready to keep their legacy going.

“This feels so sweet now. It’s everything we’ve been working for,” Bartlett said. “It’s left undone still. Our legacy is still approaching us.”

This team has done something they can be proud of. They have reached their goals and made a name for Utah State football. They are visible and are thrilled to exit on such a high note.

“I didn’t think I was going to feel the way I feel now about being an Aggie. When I came here I was just trying to play football,” Austin said. “I’m going to stay an Aggie for the rest of my life.”

Megan Allen writes for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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