LOGAN — Spring practices and the annual Blue and White game were all about the future of Utah State football, but the team also spent some time acknowledging the past.
More than 50 former Utah State football letterwinners lined up in the end zone following the scrimmage to shake hands and chat with the young athletes that now represent their school. Included in the line were recent Aggie graduates Kerwynn Williams and Matt Austin, NFL standouts Bobby Wagner, Robert Turbin and Donald Penn, as well as current head coach and former USU QB Matt Mells.
“That’s what it’s all about — getting former lettermen back here and guys that have played and laid the foundation for this program.” Wells said.
WIDE RECEIVERS STEP UP: During spring practices the Aggies were in search of some wide receivers to step up and give quarterback Chuckie Keeton some new targets next season. They may have found a few in Brandon Swindall, Travis Van Leeuwen and Travis Reynolds. Swindall led the way with 43 yards receiving. Van Leeuwen finished with five catches for 33 yards. And Reynolds added four catches for 28 yards.
“(Swindall) showed up again today. He flashed. Brandon Swindall has earned himself a role for himself to play this fall and I’m happy for him,” Wells said. “Van Leeuwen made some good catches and continues to do some good things. He has to be more consistent in a lot of areas.”
Van Leeuwen caught the game’s only touchdown, but dropped another sure touchdown on a wide-open pass early in the game.
DEMARTINO SHINES ON OFFENSE: While most of the offense struggled to gain traction throughout Saturday's scrimmage, running back Joey DeMartino proved to be one of the few highlights on that side of the ball. The senior running back had 16 rushes for 100 yards.
“Joey (DeMartino) has done a nice job establishing a role for him,” Wells said. “As a senior the light has turned on and is really clicking for him. I’m proud of Joey.”
Kraig Williams is a 2010 Utah State University graduate and regular Deseret News sports blogger. He can be followed on Twitter @DesNewsKraig.