Tom Smart, Deseret News
Utah State football had its first two-a-day practice of fall camp Monday, going in full pads in the morning session before donning helmets and shoulder pads for a shorter afternoon practice.
“We had a really hard, physical practice this morning and then I thought they turned it on again this afternoon,” coach Matt Wells said. “We did a lot more passing and some situational football this afternoon, but I thought the focus was good. The execution wasn’t sharp at times with the twos and threes, we need to clean that up, but for the most part the focus was good.”
Highlights from Monday’s practices included the play of a pair of seniors in safety Frankie Sutera, who had seven tackles, and wide receiver Ronald Butler, who recorded four receptions, including a 25-yard touchdown. Senior running back Joe Hill also scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run, and sophomore tight end Wyatt Houston added a 2-yard touchdown reception, both during red zone drills.
Monday was the sixth and seventh of Utah State’s 29 practices leading up to its season opener at Tennessee on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. MT.
Utah State, which is entering its second week of fall camp, will hold its first scrimmage Tuesday on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium at 6 p.m. Following its first scrimmage, USU will have single practices Wednesday and Friday afternoon, along with its second two-a-day on Thursday, practicing from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m., and again from 4:55 to 6:25 p.m. Both will be on the practice fields. USU will then end its second week of fall camp with its second scrimmage as part of the Football Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.
Heading into the first scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday, Wells is inviting all Aggie fans to Romney Stadium. The scrimmage, which will consist of at least 100 snaps, begins at 6 p.m., and is expected to conclude at 7:30.
“Our scrimmage tomorrow night is the first opportunity for our players to come out and execute as a team in front of fans, in the stadium and under the lights," Wells said. "What we need is consistent execution and great effort from the vets. We say, ‘If you’re an all-Mountain West player, play like an all-Mountain West player.’ For the newcomers, it’s about how they’re going to react in those situations with the coaches off the field and fans in the stands. That will all go into the evaluation process.”
Utah State opens the 2014 season Sunday, Aug. 31, at Tennessee and plays its first home game the following weekend against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. USU's first Mountain West game will be at home against Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 11, and the Aggies conclude the regular season at MW foe Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 29. The Mountain West Championship game will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff Committee ranking.
All practices during fall camp, which concludes Saturday, Aug. 23, are open to the public.
Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.
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