LOGAN — Utah State football concluded its third week of spring practice with its second scrimmage Saturday morning on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.
First-year head coach Gary Andersen, who is in his fifth year overall in charge of the Aggies, was pleased with how the defense performed, but also knows that the offense gave USU’s defense too many opportunities.
“After last week, the defense bounced back and did a nice job,” said Andersen. “The key is when getting into your second scrimmage, you like to have some give and take, which is a good thing. When there's success on offense or defense, you want that to be earned with solid, fundamental, technique play. On offense, we shot ourselves in the foot today and gave the defense too many opportunities. It was a solid workday, we'll learn from it, evaluate the tape and move on.”
Now over four months back on the job, Andersen continues to be impressed with the work ethic of his team.
“I'm very impressed with the way these kids work together and come out and compete every day. You don't have to worry about if they're going to come out flat, or not wanting to practice and getting distracted. They've done a great job. I also think we've made some great strides with a lot of young players that we're asking to play, especially on the offensive line, of learning how to study film, take information from meetings, which is good to see,” added Andersen
As Utah State concludes spring camp with its last five practices, Andersen and his coaching staff will be focusing on the basics.
“The next three practices are really going to be focused on techniques and fundamentals,” stated Andersen. “We're going to go back to the basics. We don't have install on either side of the football. We need to compete like crazy, come to work every single day and really understand as coaches, that we have the best guys on the field. We need to put our kids in the best position to be able to react and make plays, clear their minds and be athletes.”Comment on this story
Utah State will return to the field on Tuesday, April 9, in an open practice at 2:15 p.m. USU will also have a closed practice on Thursday, April 11, before hosting the annual Blue vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, April 13, at noon at Maverik Stadium. USU will then conclude spring camp with a pair of closed practices next week.
2019 Utah State Football Spring Practice Dates
Tuesday, April 9 - 2:15 - 4:30 p.m. (Open to Public and Media)
Thursday, April 11 - (Closed)
Saturday, April 13 - Noon - Blue vs. White Spring Game (Open to Public and Media)
Monday, April 15 - (Closed)
Tuesday, April 16 - (Closed)