The biggest thing right now is that this is the second big evaluation scrimmage for us. We’re still in the evaluation part of training camp. It’s not just individual players, but what their role is going to be. —Matt Wells
Utah State football wrapped up its second week of fall camp Friday, and second-year head coach Matt Wells said he continues to be pleased with the overall performance of his team on both sides of the ball.
“It was a good day. The good thing about camp that makes me hopeful for the season is that there continues to be give-and-take,” Wells said. “Coaches get frustrated because their sides of the ball don’t play perfect in certain drills or a certain session of practice and vice versa, but as a head coach and trying to look at it from a big picture, there’s been really good give-and-take on both sides.”
Highlights from Friday included an interception and three pass breakups from senior safety Frankie Sutera, while fellow senior safety Brian Suite also had three pass breakups.
“Frankie is a solid player. He had a great summer and is completely invested in this program. He had a good day today and has had a really good camp. He’s also a really good special teams player," Wells said. "I also see Brian Suite flashing in the secondary. I see Jalen (Davis), and Devin (Centers) continues to play well. Offensively, Jefferson Court keeps showing up. He’s playing a solid role and doing well. Another player is LaJuan Hunt. He continues to make strides, especially in the pass protection.”
Friday was the 12th of 29 practices for Utah State leading up to its season opener at Tennessee on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. MT.
Utah State concludes its second week of fall camp with its second scrimmage as part of the Football Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.
“Saturday’s scrimmage is going to be a big deal for us to get out in front of all the fans. Hopefully we can get that whole lower bowl filled in. I’d like to do that and give them a show on offense and defense," Wells said. "The biggest thing right now is that this is the second big evaluation scrimmage for us. We’re still in the evaluation part of training camp. It’s not just individual players, but what their role is going to be. It’s also evaluating what we’re doing on offense and defense and maybe tweaking it a little bit to our strengths. There’s still some schematic tweaking here and there.”
Utah State opens its 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.
All practices during fall camp, which concludes Saturday, Aug. 23, are open to the public.
Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.