Newcomer Greg Angelovic will have Floyd Foreman to hand off to for the White team, but regular Utah State quarterback Ron Lopez will have Tracey Jenkins, the touchdown man, in his Blue arsenal today at 1 p.m. when the Aggie football team holds its annual Blue-White Intra-Squad game to wrap up the spring practice season.
Unlike other spring games around the state, coach Chuck Shelton's finale will closely approximate actual game conditions, with 12-minute quarters and two complete teams with both offenses and defenses. "We really want to be as evenly matched as possible," said Shelton, whose coaches held a player draft Wednesday."It's an opportunity to make the last thing they do on campus in the spring a competitive experience. It's a morale booster to us," Shelton reasons.
Admission is $1 for individuals, $5 for families.
Foreman has become one of Shelton's jewels this spring in the absence of Roger Grant, who had off-season shoulder surgery and won't play until August. Grant is the second-leading rusher returning in all of NCAA Division I. As his backup, Foreman was named second-team All-Big West Conference.
And now Foreman's better. "He has total command of the offense," notes Shelton. "He doesn't waste a lot of steps; there's no indeciseveness. I expected him to be good, but I would not have expected him to be as good as he's been this spring."
That could help Angelovic, the junior-college transfer who was being groomed as Lopez' backup but who could challenge for the starting spot if he shows well again today.
Lopez, though, has the nation's leading touchdown catcher in Jenkins and should have some personal protection with three fullbacks on his team - Sean Hampton, Paul Trette and Jim Ray. Hampton will play running back today.
Like Foreman, Hampton has impressed Shelton this spring, and the coach foresees a lot of versatility at that position, with players who can "bloody your nose," like Hampton and Trette, and others, like Ray, maybe the fastest man on the team.