As preseason camp is winding down to its last few days, Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen is giving his squad a chance to get their legs back, taking a tactical approach to practice in Thursday’s single session.
The Aggies were in action on the turf of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium for just over two hours, focusing on game situations and scenarios, as well as offensive, defensive and special teams game plans.
“It was a solid day, this was our first complete day of going through the school day schedule, we got the kids up in the morning for meetings and we practiced in the afternoon. It is good to get them through the schedule one day, and overall I thought that they came out and competed and handled it very well,” Andersen said.
Defensive highlights from the full-pad practice included an interception by freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell, returning it for a touchdown. Offensive highlights included a long pass play to junior wide receiver Dontel Watkins.
Andersen also announced that former walk-on, redshirt-freshman tight end Brad Theurer, a local product from Logan High School, has been awarded a scholarship.
“Brad Theurer has been in this program for two years, he has worked extremely hard, he is devoted to the program, and every time that we get the opportunity as a staff to reward a young man that has been with this program that long is great to be able to do. It is one of those special things that I love most about this job when a walk-on young man is able to earn a scholarship. For him to be able to do that is special, and I think that our team will be excited about it tonight in the team meeting that Brad Theurer has a scholarship,” Andersen said.
Utah State’s preseason camp is winding down, and the Aggies were practicing twice today, first at 9:15 a.m. and then at 3:45 p.m., in final preparation for the final scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday at noon, which will mark the end of preseason camp.
All practices of the preseason camp are open to the public. Fans are encouraged to stay in the stands when the team is practicing on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium and in the bleachers at the practice field. All open practices are subject to change.
The Aggies are preparing for their season-opener on Saturday, Sept. 3, at No. 23/19 Auburn at 10 a.m. MDT, which will be aired on ESPN2.
USU’s final preseason scrimmage Saturday at noon will be part of a Utah State Aggie Football Family Fun Day, sponsored by Macey’s Foods. The event will give fans a chance to meet USU football players and coaches, participate in games and activities and purchase and pick up season tickets. Activities sponsored by Macey’s Foods will begin on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium.
Season tickets as well as two-game packages also will be available for purchase Saturday at the Romney Stadium box office.
After its season-opener at Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 3, Utah State’s home opener will be Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. as the Aggies take on in-state foe Weber State, marking the first time that USU and WSU have squared off since 2001. Utah State leads the all-time series 11-1. The Aggie-Wildcat match-up will have special meaning for Andersen, who will be facing his mentor, Weber State head coach Ron McBride. Andersen played for McBride at Utah in 1985-86.
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Aggie fact of the day:
Utah State’s game against Auburn on ESPN2 is one of two Western Athletic Conference games on “the deuce” on Saturday, Sept. 3, as Colorado plays at Hawaii in an 8:15 MDT kickoff, also on ESPN2.
Aggie tidbit of the day:
The Aggies’ game at Auburn is USU’s lone game in the Central Time Zone and is one of four different time zones that Utah State will play in this season, with eight games in the Mountain Time Zone (all six home games, at BYU, at New Mexico State), two in the Pacific Time Zone (at Fresno State and at Idaho) and one in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone (at Hawaii).
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