Utah State’s defense controlled the third and final scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday night as second-year head coach Matt Wells used the majority of the time to evaluate the skill positions and played mostly second- and third-string players.
“First of all, we’re all Aggies now because camp is over,” Wells said. "As coaches, we will get in and grind through the tape and make our last evaluations before the first part of the season. I’m really proud of the defense tonight. I thought that was a really strong effort even with holding some guys out a little bit. That was very positive and good to see.”
During the roughly 70-play scrimmage that included some special teams works, Utah State’s offense managed just one touchdown and one field goal as USU’s defense posted 12 three-and-outs during 14 drives.
Utah State’s only touchdown came on the fourth possession of the scrimmage as senior quarterback Craig Harrison connected with freshman wide receiver Damoun Patterson from 41 yards to cap a five-play, 75-yard drive. USU’s other points came via a 27-yard field goal from sophomore placekicker Jake Thompson.
Offensively, Harrison completed 4-of-14 passes for 56 yards with one touchdown, while sophomore quarterback Darell Garretson was 9-of-14 passing for 43 yards. Junior wide receiver Hunter Sharp caught four passes for 20 yards, while junior running back Rashad Hall had four receptions for 13 yards. Harrison was also the Aggies’ leading rusher as he gained 24 yards on two carries.
Junior linebackers Jarom Baldomero and LT Filiaga led Utah State’s defense with four tackles apiece, while freshman safety Jontrell Rocquemore had three tackles and two pass breakups to go along with one interception. Overall, the Aggie defense recorded four tackles for loss, including one sack, to go along with six pass breakups.
“We had a lot of guys sitting out, so a lot of the young guys got a chance to step up, play together, communicate, fly around and make plays,” junior nose guard Travis Seefeldt said. “Jontrell Rocquemore’s pick was huge and really flipped the scrimmage our way. A lot of the JC transfers coming in are standing out. They’ve really stepped up, played their hardest and bought into the system.”
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.
Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.