The first week of Utah State University's spring football drills concluded Saturday with a controlled 90-minute scrimmage at Romney Stadium, with Aggie Head Coach Chuck Shelton impressed with the results of the inaugural scrimmage.
"I was prepared for a disasterous day, because we didn't have a great first week of practices,' said Shelton, "and, really, they had a fine scrimmage. I am amazed how far some of these athletes have come."With the graduation of veteran quarterback Brent Snyder, a lot of attention has been on the finding his replacement for the coming season, with Logan native Kevin White having the best outing Saturday of the QB hopefuls.
White connected on six of eight passes for 89 yards, including a 39-yard scoring toss to senior wide receiver Patrick Newman, USU's all-America candidate.
Mark Smith, a part-time starter in 1986 and recent returnee from an LDS mission, was five-of-eight for 55 yards, Kirk Johnson three-of-nine for 26 yards and Stewart Hansen six-of-11 for 90 yards. Two of Hansen's passes were intercepted - one a 45-yard return for a touchdown by defensive back Louis Brown and the other by linebacker Kevin Bouwman.
Shelton said he will continue with a full evaluation of all four quarterbacks through the spring.
The USU spring game is scheduled for May 6.