LOGAN Utah State University head coach Brent Guy and his staff welcomed 105 players to the opening day of fall camp for Saturday's first practice, held at USU's practice fields.
The USU team, decked in helmets, practice jerseys and shorts, opened the first of their five-day acclimation period.
The Aggies will practice in similar attire on Monday before donning pads on Tuesday and gradually moving up toward Wednesday's full day of pads. The first two-a-day is Thursday.
In Saturday's first practice, the team went through warm-ups and drills, with the veterans showing the newcomers the ropes. USU worked on offense, defense and special teams as it began the countdown to the Aug. 30 opener at UNLV. After playing at Oregon on Sept. 6, the Aggies host in-state rival Utah in their home-opener on Sept. 13. USU opens WAC play on Sept. 20, hosting Idaho. USU continues its three-game homestand by opening WAC action against Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 20 for USU Ag Day. The Aggies then host in-state rival BYU on Friday, Oct. 3. After road games at San Jose State and Nevada on Oct. 11 and 18, respectively, USU hosts Fresno State in its annual Homecoming game on Oct. 25. The Aggies remain at home to take on Hawai'i on Nov. 1 on USU Military Appreciation Day. USU plays at Boise State on Nov. 8 and Louisiana Tech on Nov. 15 before concluding regular-season action on Nov. 29 against New Mexico State on Aggie Appreciation Day.
The Aggies were picked ninth in the Western Athletic Conference preseason poll despite finishing seventh in last season's standings with a 2-10 overall record and 2-6 in WAC action.
USU has 17 starters returning among 39 lettermen. Of those lettermen, 12 are seniors, which matches last season for the most in Guy's four-year tenure.
The first major scrimmage is slated for Aug. 16 as part of Aggie Football Family Fun Night, sponsored by Macey's Foods with free admission.
The scrimmage starts at 4 p.m., while games and activities for fans getting underway on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium at 4 p.m. as well. Following the scrimmage, from 6-7 p.m. fans can get their favorite Aggies' autographs and play catch with an Aggie on the field. Fans can also pick up their season tickets or purchase tickets at the Romney Stadium Box Office.
Aggie football tickets are available in person through the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on "tickets" in left column, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.