Utah State football end of season notes

2019 UTAH STATE FOOTBALL FINAL NOTES PACKAGE

7-6 Overall (6-2 Mountain West)

  • Utah State posted a 7-6 overall record in 2019, including a 6-2 mark in the Mountain West to finish third in the Mountain Division. It was just the 26th time in school history that USU has won at least seven games, while its six league wins are tied for the sixth-most in school history. USU also played in its 14th bowl game in school history in 2019, including its eighth in the past nine seasons.

 

UTAH STATE PLAYS IN EIGHTH BOWL GAME IN LAST NINE SEASONS

  • Utah State played in a bowl game for the eighth time in the last nine seasons and for the 14th time in school history as it lost to Kent State, 51-41, in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. USU is 5-9 all-time in bowl games, which includes a 3-3 record against teams from the Mid-American Conference. Overall, it was USU’s third-straight bowl game, which is the second-longest streak in school history behind the five-straight bowl games from 2011-15.

 

  • Utah State has now played in three bowl games under current head coach Gary Andersen, which is the second-most under any coach in school history, as former head coach Matt Wells (2013-18) led the Aggies to five bowl games.

 

UTAH STATE WINS SEVEN GAMES FOR 26TH TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY

  • With its 7-6 record this season, Utah State has now won at least seven games six times in the past nine years and 26 times in school history. USU also finished Mountain West play with a 6-2 record, marking the fourth time in its seven years in the league that it has won at least six games, joining the 2013 (7-1), 2014 (6-2) and 2018 (7-1) teams. Overall, it is just the sixth time in school history that USU has won six conference games, joining the 1936 (6-0), 2012 (6-0), 2013 (7-1), 2014 (6-2) and 2018 (7-1) teams.

 

UTAH STATE 3-1 ON THE SEASON IN ONE-SCORE GAMES

  • Utah State was 3-1 on the season in one-score games after posting back-to-back wins against Fresno State (37-35) and Wyoming (26-21). USU also notched a 23-17 road win at San Diego State and had a 38-35 loss at Wake Forest. Those three one-score wins this year are the most by USU since the 2011 team was 5-4 in such games. Under head coach Gary Andersen, USU is 13-11 in one-score games.

 

UTAH STATE SETS TWO SCHOOL RECORDS IN 2019

  • Utah State set two school records during the 2019 season as it completed 315 passes to break the previous record of 303 set in 2018 and attempted 504 passes to break the previous record of 487 set in 2002. Furthermore, USU had the second-most passing yards (3,628) and the third-most made field goals (21) in a single-season in school history this year.

 

UTAH STATE AMONG THE TOP 40 TEAMS NATIONALLY IN 14 CATEGORIES

  • Utah State finished the 2019 season ranking among the top-40 teams in the nation in 14 statistical categories, including tied for fourth in special teams touchdowns with three (two kickoff returns, one punt return), fifth in fumbles recovered with 13 (1.0 per game), and 15th in turnovers forced with 24 (1.85 per game). USU was also 16th in three-and-outs forced (4.08 per game), 26th in punt returns (11.5 yards per return),28th in tackles for loss allowed with 65 (5.0 per game), 31st in passing offense (279.1 yards per game), 33rd with two defensive touchdowns, 35th in fewest penalty yards per game (47.3) and 39th in completion percentage (.625).

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020

  • Heading into the 2020 season, Utah State will return 13 starters (O-8, D-5) and 41 letterwinners (O-21, D-18, S-2) from this year’s team. USU will lose nine starters (O-3, D-6) and 16 letterwinners (O-6, D-8, S-2).

 

A FINAL LOOK AT UTAH STATE

  • Utah State ended its 2019 season with a 7-6 record and finished in third place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 6-2 league mark. USU concluded the year with a 51-41 loss to Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl in Frisco, Texas. Offensively, USU was led by junior QB Jordan Love, who was 293-of-473 (.619) passing for 3,402 yards (261.7 ypg) with 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Senior RB Gerold Bright led the team in rushing with 921 yards on 182 carries (5.1 ypc/70.8 ypg) with nine touchdowns, and senior graduate transfer WR Siaosi Mariner had a team-best 63 receptions for 987 yards (15.7 ypr/75.9 ypg) and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, junior S Troy Lefeged Jr. led the team with 104 tackles, which included 2.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss, while junior LB David Woodward had 90 tackles, which included 2.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss. As a team, USU averaged 29.2 points and 431.3 yards of total offense (279.1 passing, 152.2 rushing), and allowed 30.7 points and 440.5 yards (238.6 passing, 201.9 rushing).

 

UTAH STATE’S STREAK OF 2,000 YARD RUSHING SEASONS COMES TO AN END

  • Utah State rushed for 1,979 yards on 461 carries (4.3 ypc) during the 2019 season, breaking a streak of 10 straight seasons with at least 2,000 rushing yards. The last time USU did not rush for 2,000 yards in a season was back in 2008, when it gained 1,653 yards on the ground.

 

UTAH STATE PLAYED 13 GAMES FOR EIGHTH TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY

  • Utah State played its 13th game of the 2019 season in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. Overall, USU has played at least 13 games eight times in the last nine seasons after not playing in more than 12 games prior to its current run. The school record for games played in a season is 14 set in 2013 and 2014.

 

UTAH STATE MILESTONES THAT EQUAL SUCCESS

  • Utah State has won 34 of its last 40 games when it has a 100-yard rusher, including a 4-1 record this year, and 38 of its last 42 contests when rushing at least 40 times in a game, including a 5-1 record this year. USU has also won 54 of its last 59 games when scoring at least 30 points, including a 5-2 record this season.

 

UTAH STATE BOWL HISTORY

  • Utah State has a 5-9 bowl record all-time as it lost to San José State, 20-0, in the 1946 Raisin Bowl (Fresno, Calif.); lost to Pacific, 35-21, in the 1947 Grape Bowl (Lodi, Calif.); lost to New Mexico State, 20-13, in the 1960 Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas); lost to Baylor, 24-9, in the 1961 Gotham Bowl (New York City); defeated Ball State, 42-33, in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl II; lost to Cincinnati, 35-19, in the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl; lost to Ohio, 24-23, in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; defeated Toledo, 41-15, in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; defeated No. 24 Northern Illinois, 21-14, in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl; defeated UTEP, 21-6, in the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl; lost to Akron, 23-21, in the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; lost to New Mexico State, 26-20 in overtime, in the 2017 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl; defeated North Texas, 52-13, in the 2018 New Mexico Bowl; and lost to Kent State, 51-41, in the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl.

 

AGGIES WITH BOWL GAME EXPERIENCE

  • Utah State had 13 players play in their third-straight bowl game as an Aggie in 2019 in senior DT Devon Anderson, senior DE Dalton Baker, senior RB Gerold Bright, senior PK Dominik Eberle, senior CB Cameron Haney, senior DT Christopher Unga, senior DE Jacoby Wildman, redshirt junior DE Justus Te’i, junior OL Demytrick Ali’ifua, junior TE Logan Lee, junior QB Jordan Love, junior LB Kevin Meitzenheimer, junior WR Jordan Nathan, junior WR Savon Scarver and junior TE Carson Terrell. USU also had 13 players play in their second bowl game during their Aggie career in 2019 in senior DETipa Galeai, senior CB DJ Williams, junior DT Caden Andersen, junior TE Travis Boman, junior WR Taylor Compton, junior DT Ritisoni Fata, junior RB Chase Nelson, junior LS Brandon Pada, sophomore OL Alfred Edwards, sophomore CB Andre Grayson, sophomore CB Jarrod Green, sophomore CB Zahodri Jackson and sophomore WR Deven Thompkins. And finally, USU had 22 players make their first-ever bowl game appearance at USU in senior RB Riley Burt, senior WR Siaosi Mariner, junior CB Terin Adams, junior P Christopher Bartolic, junior S Shaq Bond, junior S Cash Gilliam, junior DE Nick Heninger, junior S Troy Lefeged Jr., junior LB Eric Munoz, junior RB Jaylen Warren, junior WR Derek Wright, redshirt freshman OL Heneli Avendano, redshirt freshman S Sam Lockett, redshirt freshman DE Hale Motu’apuaka, redshirt freshman OL Karter Shaw, redshirt freshman DE Elijah Shelton, redshirt freshman OL Jacob South, freshman WR Ajani Carter, freshman CB Cam Lampkin, freshman RB Enoch Nawahine, freshman DE Kaleo Neves and freshman OL Jackson Owens. USU has three other players who have played in bowl games, but did not play in the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl in redshirt senior P Aaron Dalton, redshirt sophomore LB Maika Magalei and sophomore QB Henry Colombi. Dalton played in two bowls in his career, while Magalei has played in two bowl games and Colmbi has appeared in one thus far.

 

UTAH STATE IN DECEMBER

  • Utah is now 16-18 (.471) all-time in known games played during the month of December following its loss in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl.

 

UTAH STATE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST

  • Utah State is 36-20 (.643) all-time in the Mountain West and has won 47 of its last 67 (.701) league games dating back to 2011. In fact, USU is 15-4 (.789) in its last 19 MW games.

 

  • Utah State is 163-182-8 (.473) all-time against current members of the Mountain West with a 40-26-4 record vs. Wyoming, a 35-39-2 record vs. Colorado State, a 17-7 record vs. UNLV, an 18-20-1 record vs. San José State, a 13-17-1 record vs. Fresno State, a 13-13 record vs. New Mexico, a 10-6 record vs. Hawai`i, a 7-18 record vs. Nevada, a 5-19 record vs. Boise State, a 3-5 record vs. Air Force, and a 2-12 record vs. San Diego State.

 

  • Utah State concluded its seventh year as a member of the Mountain West in 2019 and has been a Division I-A/Bowl Championship Series football playing school in each of its 122 seasons of competition. USU joined the Mountain States/Skyline Conference in 1938 until 1961. USU then played as a football independent from 1962-77 when the Aggies became members of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in 1978. The PCAA changed its name to the Big West Conference in 1988. Following the 2000 season, when the Big West no longer sponsored football, USU spent two years as an independent (2001-02) and two years in the Sun Belt Conference (2003-04), before joining the Western Athletic Conference for eight seasons from 2005-12.

 

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WEST DIVISION OF THE MOUNTAIN WEST

  • With its 23-17 road win at San Diego State on Sept. 21 and its 37-35 win at Fresno State on Nov. 9, Utah State became the first team ever to record road wins at both SDSU and FS in the same season since the Mountain West began divisional play in 2013. Overall, USU is 18-4 (.818) all-time against teams from the West Division of the MW, which is the best record by any team in the conference.

 

UTAH STATE PLAYED EIGHT TEAMS THAT QUALIFIED FOR BOWL GAMES IN 2019

  • Of the 12 teams Utah State faced on its 2019 schedule, eight played in bowl games and USU was 3-5 against those eight opponents. USU’s wins against 2019 bowl teams were at San Diego State (W, 23-17), vs. Nevada (W, 36-10) and vs. Wyoming (W, 26-21). USU’s five losses against 2019 bowl teams were at Wake Forest (L, 38-35), at No. 5 LSU (L, 42-6), at Air Force (L, 31-7), vs. BYU (L, 42-14) and vs. No. 20 Boise State (L, 56-21).

 

ANDERSEN FIFTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY WITH 33 WINS

  • Utah State head coach Gary Andersen ranks fifth all-time in school history with his 33 wins, while his .524 winning percentage (33-30) ranks as the eighth-best. Andersen is also one of just four head coaches in school history to lead the Aggies to multiple bowl games and one of just two head coaches to lead USU to at least three bowl games.

 

  • Utah State is 23-9 (.719) in its last 32 games under Andersen. USU is also 17-2 (.895) in its last 19 conference games under Andersen, which includes a 6-2 record in the Mountain West this season and 11 straight wins in the Western Athletic Conference during the 2011-12 seasons.

 

UTAH STATE AT MAVERIK STADIUM

  • Utah State went 4-2 at home inside Maverik Stadium during the 2019 season and is 39-11 (.780) in its last 50 home games, which includes a 20-9 (.690) record in five seasons under head coach Gary Andersen. All-time, USU is 151-107 (.585) inside Maverik Stadium.

 

AGGIES IN OVERTIME

  • Utah State is 6-6 all-time in overtime, winning three of its last five. USU is 4-3 in single overtime, 2-2 in double overtime, and 0-1 in triple overtime. USU’s last overtime game was a 26-20 loss against New Mexico State in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Dec. 29, 2017.

 

AGGIES HAVE MADE 179 STRAIGHT EXTRA POINTS 

  • Utah State has made 179 straight extra points to rank as the second-longest active streak in the nation, trailing only Georgia (286). The last time USU missed an extra point was against San Diego State on Oct. 28, 2016.

 

AGGIES 29TH-YOUNGEST TEAM IN 2019

  • Utah State had 47 freshmen, which includes 16 redshirts, on its 2019 roster. Those 47 freshmen represent 43.12 percent of its total roster, which ranks as the 29th-most in the nation.

 

AGGIES HAVE WON OR SHARED 12 LEAGUE TITLES IN SCHOOL HISTORY

  • Utah State has won or shared 12 league titles in school history (1921, 1935, 1936, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1978, 1978, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2012).

 

DID YOU KNOW

  • Redshirt senior P Aaron Dalton played in 50 games during his Aggie career and is one of just 15 players in school history to appear in at least 50 games all-time.

 

UTAH STATE THIRD IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN TOTAL OFFENSE

  • Utah State ranked third in the Mountain West and 44th in the nation in total offense (431.3 ypg), fourth in the MW and 31st in the nation in passing offense (279.1 ypg), fourth in the MW and 39th in the nation in completion percentage (.625), sixth in the MW and 44th in the nation in sacks allowed with 23 (1.77 pg), sixth in the MW and 63rd nationally in scoring offense (29.2 ppg), seventh in the MW and 73rd in the nation in rushing offense (152.2 ypg), and seventh in the MW and 83rd in the nation in passing efficiency (130.2).

 

  • Utah State’s offense also ranked fifth in the Mountain West and 38th in the nation in third downs with a conversion percentage of 42.6 (84-of-197), sixth in the MW and 58th in the nation in fumbles lost with eight, and seventh in the MW and 28th in the nation with an average of 5.0 tackles for loss allowed per game.

 

AGGIE DEFENSE SIXTH IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN POINTS ALLOWED

  • Utah State ranked sixth in the Mountain West and 90th in the nation in scoring defense (30.7 ppg), fifth in the MW and 91st in the nation in tackles for loss (5.4 pg), sixth in the MW and 87th in the nation in sacks with 24 (1.85 pg), seventh in the MW and 86th nationally in passing defense (238.6 ypg), ninth in the MW and 70th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (134.7), ninth in the MW and 103rd in the nation in total defense (440.5 ypg), and 10th in the MW and 110th in the nation in rushing defense (201.9 ypg). USU’s defense also ranked first in the MW and fifth in the nation with a fourth down conversion percentage of 33.3 (6-18).

 

UTAH STATE 26TH IN THE NATION IN PUNT RETURNS

  • Utah State ranked third in the Mountain West and 26th in the nation in punt returns (11.5 ypr), sixth in the MW and 41st in the nation in kickoff returns (21.9 ypr), 10th in the MW and 101st in the nation in kickoff return defense (22.6 ypr), and 10th in the MW and 119th in the nation in net punting (35.6 ypp). USU also tied for fourth in the nation in special teams touchdowns with three (two kickoff returns, one punt return).

 

AGGIES 15TH IN THE NATION IN TURNOVERS FORCED

  • Utah State forced 24 turnovers (13 fumbles, 11 interceptions) on the season to rank second in the Mountain West and 15th in the nation. USU also ranked first in the MW and fifth nationally with its 13 fumble recoveries (1.0 pg), and fifth in the MW and 46th in the nation with its 11 interceptions. Overall, USU has forced three or more turnovers in 26 of its last 76 games.

 

UTAH STATE 33RD IN THE NATION WITH ITS TWO DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS

  • Utah State scored two defensive touchdowns (Shaq Bond and David Woodward) this season to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 33rd in the nation. Overall, USU has scored 24 defensive touchdowns in its last 85 games.

 

AGGIES IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST AND NCAA RANKINGS IN 2019

  • Junior WR Savon Scarver ranked first in the Mountain West and second nationally in kickoff returns for touchdown with two (0.17 pg), and first in the MW and 11th in the nation in kickoff return yards (27.9 ypr). Redshirt junior DE Justus Te’i ranked first in the MW and sixth in the nation with three fumble recoveries (0.23 pg). Senior PK Dominik Eberle ranked first in the MW and 29th in the nation in scoring (8.3 ppg), second in the MW and 12th in the nation in field goal percentage (.875) as he was 21-of-24, third in the MW and 18th in the nation in field goals made per game (1.62), and eighth in the MW in points responsible for per game (8.3). Sophomore WR Deven Thompkins ranked second in the MW and third in the nation with his one punt return for touchdown (0.08 pg). Junior QB Jordan Love ranked third in the MW and 23rd in the nation in passing yards (261.7 ypg), third in the MW and 26th in the nation in total offense (275.2 ypg), third in the MW and 45th in the nation in passing touchdowns with 20 (1.54 pg), fourth in the MW and 15th in the nation in completions (22.5 pg), fifth in the MW and 49th in the nation in completion percentage (.619), fifth in the MW and 75th in the nation in passing efficiency (129.1), fifth in the MW and 91st in the nation in points responsible for (9.21 pg), and sixth in the MW and 73rd in the nation in yards per pass attempt (7.19). Senior graduate transfer WR Siaosi Marinerranked second in the MW and 25th in the nation in receiving touchdowns with 10 (0.77 pg), third in the MW and 39th in the nation in receiving yards (75.9 ypg), sixth in the MW and 89th in the nation in total touchdowns with 10 (0.77 pg), seventh in the MW and 69th in the nation in receptions (4.8 pg), and ninth in the MW and 89th in the nation in yards per reception (15.7). Junior S Troy Lefeged Jr. ranked fourth in the MW and 27th in the nation with two fumble recoveries (0.15 pg), and seventh in the MW and 59th in the nation in tackles (8.0 pg). Junior graduate transfer DE Nick Heninger ranked fourth in the MW and 27th in the nation with two fumble recoveries (0.15 pg). Senior RB Gerold Bright ranked sixth in the MW and 66th in the nation in rushing touchdowns with nine (0.7 pg), sixth in the MW and 89th in the nation in total touchdowns with 10 (0.77 pg), eighth in the MW and 79th in the nation in rushing yards (70.8 ypg), ninth in the MW in all-purpose yards (94.6 ypg), and 10th in the MW and 85th in the nation in yards per carry (5.1). And, junior S Shaq Bond ranked seventh in the MW and 51st in the nation with his three interceptions (0.23 pg).

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Utah State ranked third in the Mountain West and 35th in the nation in fewest penalty yards per game (47.3), and fifth in the MW and 48th in the nation in fewest penalties per game (5.69).

 

LOVE AND WOODWARD DECLARE FOR 2020 NFL DRAFT

  • Utah State junior QB Jordan Love and junior LB David Woodward will both forgo their final seasons of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. Some future dates of importance are the NFL Combine, which will be held Feb. 23-March 2 in Indianapolis, USU’s Pro Day on March 25, and the NFL Draft, which will take place April 23-25 in Las Vegas.

 

EBERLE NAMED ALL-AMERICAN FOR THIRD TIME IN HIS CAREER

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle has been named an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Focus (PFF), marking his third-career All-American honor, as he was also named a Phil Steele’s Magazine Third-Team All-American and an SB Nation Honorable Mention All-American following his sophomore season in 2017.

 

UTAH STATE HAS 10 PLAYERS NAMED ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST

  • Utah State had 10 football players earn various all-Mountain West accolades, including senior PK Dominik Eberle, junior KR Savon Scarver and junior LB David Woodward, who all garnered first-team honors. USU also had two players earn second-team all-MW accolades in senior DE Tipa Galeai and senior graduate transfer WR Siaosi Mariner, while five Aggies garnered honorable mention honors in senior RB Gerold Bright, senior graduate transfer TE Caleb Repp, senior DT Christopher Unga, junior S Shaq Bond and junior QB Jordan Love.

 

UTAH STATE FIFTH IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

  • Utah State had four offensive, four defensive and two special team players recognized for a total of 10 all-conference awards, to rank as the fifth-most in the league. Boise State led the Mountain West with 19 all-conference honorees, followed by Air Force (14), San Diego State (14), Hawai’i (11), Utah State (10), Wyoming (8), San José State (7), Colorado State (6), Fresno State (6), Nevada (6), UNLV (6) and New Mexico (5).

 

SIX AGGIES HAVE NOW EARNED MULTIPLE ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST ACCOLADES

  • Six of the 10 Utah State players honored by the Mountain West are multiple recipients of postseason recognition from the conference, highlighted by senior PK Dominik Eberle, who earned all-MW honors for the third time in his career as he was also named to the first team as a sophomore in 2017, along with being named to the honorable mention team last year. Junior WR Savon Scarver has earned first-team honors in each of the past two seasons, while senior DE Tipa Galeai and senior DT Christopher Unga have been named to the second- and honorable mention-teams in each of the last two seasons, respectively. Furthermore, junior QB Jordan Love and junior LB David Woodward were both named to the second team a season ago.

 

EBERLE AND SCARVER TWO-TIME FIRST-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYERS

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle and junior KR Savon Scarver both earned first-team all-Mountain West honors for the second time in their careers to become the 37th and 38th Aggies in school history to be a multiple first-team all-conference selection, including the first since DE Kyler Fackrell and LB Nick Vigil following the 2015 campaign.

 

LOVE INVITED TO PLAY IN SENIOR BOWL

  • Junior QB Jordan Love is the 22nd Utah State player selected to the Senior Bowl since 1962 and second in as many years, joining TE Dax Raymond from last year. The game, which will be broadcast live on the NFL Network, will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 25, and kick off at 12:30 p.m. (MT).

 

EBERLE INVITED TO PLAY IN EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle is the 33rd Aggie dating back to 1937 invited to play in the 95th East-West Shrine Game, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18. The game, which will be broadcast live on the NFL Network, will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and kick off at 1 p.m. (MT).

 

BRIGHT INVITED TO PLAY IN HULA BOWL

  • Senior RB Gerold Bright has been invited to play in the Hula Bowl, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26. The game, which will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network, will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, and kick off at 8:30 p.m. (MT). Bright will be the 11th Aggie all-time to play in the Hula Bowl, and first since Donald Penn in 2006. The Hula Bowl is making its return after a 12-year absence.

 

GALEAI INVITED TO PLAY IN NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL

  • Senior DE Tipa Galeai has been invited to play in the ninth-annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be held at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 18. Galeai is the second Aggie to play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, joining Jake Simonich, who played in 2016. The game will be broadcast live on the NFL Network at 5 p.m. (MT).

 

LOVE TIES SEASON HIGH WITH THREE TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN BOWL GAME 

  • Junior QB Jordan Love tied his season high with three touchdown passes (25, 17, 11) against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, to give him 20 touchdown passes this season and 60 in his career. For Love, it was his sixth multi-touchdown passing game this year and the 16th of his career. It was also the ninth time in his career that he has had at least three touchdown passes in a game.

 

  • Love set a bowl game record for Utah State with his 30 completions against Kent State.

 

LOVE RECORDS SCHOOL-RECORD 12TH-CAREER 300-YARD PASSING GAME 

  • Junior QB Jordan Love recorded his school-record 12th-career 300-yard passing game in Utah State’s 51-41 loss to Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl as he was 30-of-39 passing for 317 yards and three touchdowns. The previous school record for career 300-yard passing games was 10 held by both Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) and Brent Snyder (1987-88).

 

  • Love also holds the school record with four completions of 80 yards in his career, breaking the previous record of there that was held by Fuentes.

 

LOVE IN THE SINGLE-SEASON RECORD BOOKS

  • Junior QB Jordan Love was 293-of-473 (.619) passing for 3,402 yards this season with 20 touchdowns and is just the second quarterback in school history to have multiple 3,000-yard passing seasons, along with Jose Fuentes (1999-2002). Love also set single-season school records in both completions and attempts this year, while his passing yards are the second-most in school history, trailing his 3,567 passing yards last season. Love also finished the year with 3,577 yards of total offense, the third-most in school history, while his 20 touchdown passes are the fourth-most and his completion percentage is the sixth-best.

 

  • Overall, Love holds the top two passing marks in school history with 3,567 yards as a sophomore and 3,402 yards as a junior, and two of the top three completion marks in school history as he set the school record with 293 completions as a junior and ranks third with his 267 completions as a sophomore. Love also holds two of the top four touchdown passing marks in school history with his school record 32 touchdown passes as a sophomore, while his 20 touchdown passes as a junior are tied for the fourth-most. And finally, he holds two of the top three total offensive marks in school history with 3,630 yards as a sophomore and 3,577 yards as a junior, to rank second and third, respectively.

 

  • Love’s 3,420 passing yards this year are the most-ever in school history by a junior. Love also holds the school record for passing yards by a freshman (1,631) and sophomore (3,567), as his 3,567 yards last year also a single-season school record.

 

LOVE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR TOTAL OFFENSE IN A CAREER 

  • Junior QB Jordan Love set Utah State’s school record for total offense in a career with 9,003 yards. For his career, Love was 689-of-1,125 (.612) passing for 8,600 yards with 60 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. In all, Love ranks second all-time in school history in passing yards, completions and attempts, tied for second all-time in touchdown passes, and is third in completion percentage.

 

  • Love was also the second-winningest quarterback in school history with a 21-11 (.656) record and trailed only Tony Adams (1970-72), who was 22-10 (688) as USU’s starting quarterback.

 

LOVE SETS FIVE SCHOOL RECORDS IN 2018 

  • Junior QB Jordan Love set five school records in 2018, including 32 touchdown passes, 3,567 passing yards, seven 300-yard passing games, 234 points responsible for and being named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week five times. Love also tied the single-season school record with a pair of 400-yard passing games and tied the single-game school record for touchdown passes with five against both UNLV and San José State, becoming just the fifth quarterback in school history to accomplish the feat.

 

  • Love is the fourth quarterback in school history to throw five touchdown passes in multiple games, along with Chuckie Keeton, who did it three times, and Anthony Calvillo and Tony Adams, who both did it twice. Overall, it is the 10th time in school history that an Aggie quarterback has thrown five touchdown passes in a game.

 

THOMPKINS SCORES TWO TOUCHDOWNS IN BOWL GAME

  • Sophomore WR Deven Thompkins tied his career high with two touchdowns in Utah State’s 51-41 loss to Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. Thompkins scored on a 17-yard reception and on a career-long 57-yard run for his first-career rushing touchdown.

 

  • Thompkins finished the season with 40 receptions for 536 yards (13.4 ypr/44.7 ypg) and four touchdowns, and was third on the team in both receptions and receiving yards, and tied for second in receiving touchdowns.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Utah State had nine players who started every game this season in junior OL Demytrick Ali’ifua, junior S Shaq Bond, junior S Troy Lefeged Jr., junior QB Jordan Love, senior graduate transfer WR Siaosi Mariner, junior LB Kevin Meitzenheimer, redshirt freshman OL Karter Shaw, redshirt junior DE Justus Te’i and senior CB DJ Williams.

 

MARINER POSTS FOURTH 100-YARD RECEIVING GAME IN BOWL

  • Senior graduate transfer WR Siaosi Mariner posted his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl as he caught seven passes for 113 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns, which is tied for the most in a bowl game in school history.

 

  • Mariner began his Aggie career by catching eight passes for 118 yards and one touchdown against Wake Forest in the season opener. He then caught a career-high 11 passes for 103 yards and a career-best two touchdowns at Fresno State, and added four receptions for a career-high 123 yards, including a career-long 80-yard touchdown reception, which is tied for the 18th-longest pass play in school history, against Wyoming.

 

  • Mariner’s four 100-yard receiving games are the most by an Aggie since Hunter Sharp had four during the 2014 season.

 

MARINER’S 10 TOUCHDOWN CATCHES SIXTH-MOST IN SCHOOL HISTORY

  • Senior graduate transfer WR Siaosi Mariner had a team-best 10 touchdown catches this season, which is tied with Kevin Curtis (2001), Rod Moore (1991) and James Murphy (1980) for the sixth-most in a single-season in school history. Those 10 touchdown receptions are the most by an Aggie since Curtis also had 10 during the 2001 season.

 

BRIGHT SCORES 28TH-CAREER TOUCHDOWN 

  • Senior RB Gerold Bright scored his 28th-career touchdown against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, on a 4-yard run for his 22nd-career rushing touchdown. Those 22 rushing touchdowns are tied with Kerwynn Williams (2009-12) for the seventh-most in school history, while his 28 overall touchdowns are tied with Williams and Kendal Smith (1985-88) for the seventh-most all-time at USU.

 

BRIGHT POSTS EIGHTH 100-YARD RUSHING GAME IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE

  • Senior RB Gerold Bright posted his eighth-career 100-yard rushing game, including his third this year, in the regular-season finale at New Mexico on Nov. 30, as he carried the ball 19 times for 113 yards with one touchdown.

 

  • Bright’s eight 100-yard rushing games are the most by an Aggie since Kerwynn Williams (2009-12) also had eight in his career.

 

  • Bright also carried the ball 15 times for 126 yards and scored a season-high two touchdowns on runs of 67 and nine yards against Nevada on Oct. 19. His 67-yard touchdown run was a season long. Of his 15 carries, none were for negative yards.

 

  • Bright’s other 100-yard game this season was against Colorado State on Sept. 28, as he carried the ball 36 times for 179 yards – both career highs – and did not have a single negative rush in the game. Those 36 carries are the most by an Aggie since Emmett White carried the ball 38 times against Weber State in 2001, while the 179 rushing yards are the most by an Aggie since Devante Mays rushed for 208 yards against Weber State in 2016.

 

  • Bright, who has four rushes and two receptions for at least 20 yards on the season, scored a rushing touchdown in five of his final six games.

 

BRIGHT 10TH PLAYER IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO RUSH FOR 2,000 YARDS

  • Senior RB Gerold Bright became the 10th player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in a career as he posted his eighth-career 100-yard game at New Mexico on Nov. 30, as he carried the ball 19 times for 113 yards. Overall, Bright rushed for 2,145 yards in his career to rank 10th all-time in school history. Bright also ranks ninth all-time at USU with a 6.0 yards per carry average.

 

  • Overall, Bright is one of 32 players in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a career.

 

NATHAN SECOND ON THE TEAM IN RECEIVING YARDS AND RECEPTIONS

  • Junior WR Jordan Nathan, who had a career-high nine receptions against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, caught 56 passes for 581 yards (10.4 ypr/44.7 ypg) with one touchdown this season, to rank second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards. Nathan, who had 10 receptions of at least 20 yards this season to rank second on the team, had his first-career 100-yard receiving game against BYU on Nov. 2, as he caught a then career-high seven passes for a career-best 133 yards.

 

WARREN HAS TWO 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES THIS SEASON

  • Junior RB Jaylen Warren began his Aggie career by rushing for 141 yards on 19 carries against Wake Forest in the season-opener and then rushed for 105 yards on nine carries against Stony Brook to become the first player ever to rush for 100 yards in an Aggie debut and in back-to-back games to start a career. Overall, Warren had a team-best five rushes of at least 20 yards.

 

  • During his first three games of the season, Warren carried the ball 45 times for 324 yards (7.1 ypc/106.7 ypg) with four touchdowns.

 

LEFEGED HAS CAREER HIGH 14 TACKLES IN BOWL GAME 

  • Junior S Troy Lefeged Jr. recorded a career-high 14 tackles, which included 0.5 tackles for loss, to go along with a forced fumble against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. Those 14 tackles are also the most in school history in a bowl game. Overall, it was his fifth double-digit tackle outing of the season.

 

  • Lefeged finished the season with a team-best 104 tackles, including 2.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss, to rank tied for third in sacks and tied for fourth in tackles for loss. Lefeged was also tied for second on the team with two fumble recoveries and second with three forced fumbles, while his four pass breakups are the fifth-most.

 

  • Lefeged, who recorded at least seven tackles in each of his last seven games, ranked second on the team with five double-digit tackle outings this year. He had 12 tackles, which included 1.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss against Wyoming, and 11 tackles, which included 1.0 sacks and a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss against Colorado State. He also had 10 tackles against both Wake Forest and LSU.

 

SHELTON HAS CAREER-HIGH 10 TACKLES IN BOWL GAME

  • Redshirt freshman DE Elijah Shelton recorded his first-career double-digit tackle outing with a career-high 10 stops against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. Shelton had 13 total tackles in his previous eight games this season.

 

HENINGER HAS CAREER GAME AGAINST KENT STATE

  • Junior graduate transfer DE Nick Heninger had a career-high 2.0 sacks and a career-best 3.0 tackles for loss as part of his career-high five total tackles to go along with a fumble recovery against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. Heninger finished the season with 32 tackles, which included 5.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, to go along with two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. Overall, Heninger tied for first on the team in sacks and was first in tackles for loss, while tying for second in fumbles recovered.

 

ANDERSON TIES CAREER HIGH WITH SEVEN TACKLES IN BOWL GAME

  • Senior DT Devon Anderson tied his career-high with seven tackles, which included 0.5 tackles for loss, against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. On the season, Anderson had 42 tackles, which includes 2.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss, which is the third-most on the team. Anderson also forced two fumbles this season, which is tied for the third-most on the team.

 

WILLIAMS TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH TWO INTERCEPTIONS IN NEW MEXICO GAME 

  • Senior CB DJ Williams tied his career high with two interceptions at New Mexico on Nov. 30, to give him six interceptions in his career. Ironically, Williams also had a pair of interceptions against North Texas in the 2018 New Mexico Bowl to give him four career interceptions at Dreamstyle Stadium. Williams also had a pass breakup against the Lobos to give him seven pass breakups on the season and 18 in his career.

 

  • Williams, who ranked second on the team with nine passes defended and fifth on the team with 72 tackles this year, recorded two double-digit tackle outings during the year with a career-high 14 stops at Air Force, to go along with 12 tackles at San Diego State. Williams also tied his career high with three passes defended against Stony Brook.

 

GALEAI TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH TWO SACKS IN NEW MEXICO GAME 

  • Senior DE Tipa Galeai tied his career high with 2.0 sacks at New Mexico on Nov. 30. He finished the season with a team-best 5.0 sacks and his 9.0 tackles for loss this season were the second-most on the team. Overall, he had a team-best 15.5 sacks and 23.0 tackles for loss in his career.

 

MUNOZ NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK 

  • Redshirt junior LB Eric Munoz was named the Mountain West Co-Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Utah State’s 26-21 home win against Wyoming on Nov. 16. Munoz, who was making his first-career start, posted his first-ever double-digit tackle game with a career-high 13 stops, which included 0.5 tackles for loss, to go along with one quarterback hurry. Munoz also intercepted the first two passes of his career, both of which were in the fourth quarter. His first was returned 51 yards and led to a USU field goal, while the second was in the final minute of the game at the USU 25-yard line to seal the win.

 

  • Munoz, who was a walk-on and earned a scholarship after the Wyoming game, entered the game against the Cowboys having played in just seven career games, including three this season, and had nine career tackles, including three this season.

 

MEITZENHEIMER THIRD ON THE TEAM IN TOTAL TACKLES

  • Junior LB Kevin Meitzenheimer was third on the team with his 89 tackles this season and he recorded double-digit tackles in two games. Meitzenheimer had a career-high 13 tackles at No. 5 LSU and added 12 tackles against Wyoming.

 

WOODWARD FINISHES SECOND ON THE TEAM IN TACKLES

  • Junior LB David Woodward ranked second on the team with his 93 tackles this year, which included 2.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss, despite missing the last six games due to injury. Woodward also led the team with four forced fumble on the season and scored one of USU’s two defensive touchdowns this year, as he returned a fumble eight yards for a score against Colorado State.

 

  • During his seven games this season, Woodward recorded double digits in tackles six times, including a career-high 24 stops at Wake Forest, as he was named the Chuck Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week. He also had 1.0 sacks and a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss, to go along with two forced fumbles against the Demon Deacons. Furthermore, those 24 tackles against Wake Forest are the most by any player at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level this season.

 

  • For his career, Woodward had a team-best 256 tackles and posted 15-career double-digit tackle games.

 

BOND LEADS THE TEAM WITH THREE INTERCEPTIONS THIS SEASON 

  • Junior S Shaq Bond had a team-best three interceptions this season, including returning one 48 yards against San Diego State for his second-career interception return for touchdown. Bond also had interceptions against Nevada and Wyoming on the year. Bond ranked fourth on the team with his 83 total tackles and was third with his eight passes defended.

 

  • Bond, who had a career-high 12 tackles at Air Force and a career-best two pass breakups at Wake Forest in the season opener, recorded at least five tackles in each of his last seven games.

 

HANEY LEADS TEAM WITH 28 PASSES DEFENDED IN HIS CAREER 

  • Senior CB Cameron Haney had a team-best 28 passes defended during his career, including a team-high 12 this season, which included 11 pass breakups and one interception. Haney also  tied for third on the team with two forced fumbles during the year.

 

TE’I LEADS TEAM WITH FIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES IN HIS CAREER 

  • Redshirt junior DE Justus Te’i has a team-best three fumble recoveries this year and five in his career. Overall, Te’i finished the season seventh on the team with 51 tackles and was tied for sixth with his 5.5 tackles for loss. Te’i also posted his first-career safety in the Nevada game.

 

UNGA LED UTAH STATE UP FRONT IN TACKLES 

  • Senior DT Christopher Unga had 47 tackles on the season to rank first among defensive tackles on the team. Unga, who had his first-career fumble recovery at New Mexico on Nov. 30, recorded multiple tackles in 12 of the 13 games he played in this year.

 

WILDMAN BLOCKS SECOND-CAREER KICK IN NEW MEXICO GAME

  • Senior DE Jacoby Wildman blocked his second-career kick at New Mexico on Nov. 30, on an extra point. Wildman’s first-career block was also in Dreamstyle Stadium as he blocked a punt against North Texas in the 2018 New Mexico Bowl.

 

SCARVER SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH FIFTH-CAREER KICKOFF RETURN FOR TD

  • Junior WR Savon Scarver returned his fifth-career kickoff for a touchdown against Nevada on Oct. 19, 2019, to set the school record that was held by Kevin Robinson (2004-07), who returned four kickoffs for touchdowns during his career. Scarver, who has three-career 100-yard kickoff returns, also had a kickoff return for touchdown against Colorado State this season.

 

  • Scarver’s five kickoff returns for touchdown are tied for the second-most in Mountain West history with New Mexico’s Carlos Wiggins (2012-15). The MW record is seven kickoff returns for touchdown set by San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny (2014-17). Furthermore, Scarver’s two kickoff returns for touchdown this season and last season are tied for the fourth-most in a single season in MW history as the record is three held by Penny (2015), Wiggins (2013) and Hawaii’s Mike Edwards III (2012).

 

  • The NCAA record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career is seven set by four players, while Scarver’s five kickoff returns for touchdowns is tied for the ninth-most in NCAA history.

 

  • Scarver’s 100-yard kickoff return against Nevada and Colorado State this season is tied for the third-longest in school history and marks the 22nd and 23rd time in Mountain West history that a kickoff has been returned 100 yards.

 

  • Of his five kickoff returns for touchdowns, three have been from 100 yards, while the others were from 99 and 96 yards, respectively.

 

BARTOLIC PUNTED WELL FOR UTAH STATE

  • Junior P Christopher Bartolic had 10 punts this season of at least 50 yards and two punts of at least 60 yards with a career-long of 71 yards against at Air Force. Bartolic also had 14 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Overall, Bartolic punted 44 times for an average of 40.9 yards per punt.

 

EBERLE SETS TWO UTAH STATE BOWL GAME RECORDS 

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle set two bowl game records in Utah State’s 51-41 loss to Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. First, Eberle’s 45-yard field goal is the longest for a USU player in bowl game history, while his two made field goals are tied for the most in a bowl game.

 

EBERLE SETS UTAH STATE AND MOUNTAIN WEST FIELD GOAL RECORD 

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle was 64-of-81 (.790) on field goals in his career and ranks first all-time in both school and Mountain West history in field goals made. The previous school record was 59 field goals made by Brad Bohn (1997-2000), while the previous MW record was 57 field goals made by Utah’s Louis Sakoda (2005-08).

 

EBERLE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR POINTS SCORED 

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle scored a school-record 359 career points in 43 career games, bettering the previous school record of 308 points scored by running back Robert Turbin (2007-09, ‘11). Eberle also scored the third-most points in Mountain West history. TCU’s Ross Evans (2008-11) holds the league record with 407 career points scored.

 

  • Eberle also set the school record for points scored per game during his career as he averaged 8.34 points. The previous record was held by Tom Larscheid (1959-61), who averaged 8.27 points in 30 career games (248 total points).

 

EBERLE SECOND IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED 

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle ranks first all-time in school history in field goals made (64) and is second all-time in field goals attempted (81). Brad Bohn (1997-2000) was 59-of-89 on field goals in his career. Eberle also ranks second all-time in school history in field goal percentage (.790). Russ Moody (1988-89) holds the school record at 84.6, as he was 22-of-26 all-time on field goal attempts.

 

  • Eberle was 1-of-1 in his career from 10-19 yards, 23-of-26 in his career from 20-29 yards, 17-of-19 in his career from 30-39 yards, 19-of-28 in his career from 40-49 yards, and 4-of-7 in his career from 50+ yards. Eberle is the only kicker in school history to have four or more 50-yard field goals in a career.

 

EBERLE EXTENDS SCHOOL RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE EXTRA POINTS MADE 

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle was a perfect 167-for-167 on extra points in his career, which is a school record. The previous record for consecutive PATs made was 64 by Willie Beecher (1981-84). Overall, Eberle ranks first all-time in school history in extra points made and attempted.

 

  • Those 167 extra points are also the fifth-most in Mountain West history. TCU’s Ross Evans holds the conference record with 239 PATs made.

 

EBERLE IN THE SINGLE-SEASON RECORD BOOKS

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle ranks among the top-10 all-time in school history in every kicking category this year as he is first in field goal percentage (.875) and PAT percentage (1.000), third in field goals made (21), fifth in points scored (108), fifth in extra points made (45), tied for fifth in field goals attempted (24) and sixth in extra points attempted (45).

 

  • Eberle set single-season school records for points scored (141), extra points made (75) and attempted (75), and field goal attempts (28) in 2018. In fact, Eberle has three of the top eight scoring seasons in school history, as he also scored 101 points as a sophomore to rank as the seventh-most in school history.

 

  • Eberle has posted three of the top five seasons in school history in field goals made with 22 in 2018 to rank second, 21 this year to rank third and 18 in 2017 to rank tied for fifth. Eberle also ranks among the top-10 all-time in school history in field goals attempted three times, among the top-10 in field goal percentage twice, and among the top-10 in both extra points made and attempted three times.

 

EBERLE TIES TWO NCAA RECORDS

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle tied two NCAA records in Utah State’s 60-13 home win against New Mexico State last year. First, Eberle tied the NCAA record for points scored in a game by a kicker with 24, a record that was set by Western Michigan’s Mike Prindle in 1984. Eberle also tied an NCAA record with his three 51-yard field goals, becoming just the sixth player ever to kick three 50-plus yard field goals in a game.

 

  • Eberle also set school and Mountain West records with his six made field goals, while his six field goal attempts tied his own school record that was set in 2017. In all, Eberle made field goals from 44, 32, 51, 21, 51 and 51 yards, as those six made field goals are tied for the third-most in a single-game in NCAA history.

 

EBERLE NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK FIVE TIMES 

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week three times this season and has won the award five times in his career. In fact, Eberle’s five MW Player of the Week honors are the second-most in school history by a special teams player, trailing Brad Bohn (1997-2000), who was named the Big West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week seven times.

 

EBERLE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RECORD BOOKS

  • Senior PK Dominik Eberle holds seven Mountain West kicking records with 167 consecutive extra points made in a career, 64 made field goals in a career, 75 extra points made in a season (2018), 141 points scored in a season (2018), 24 points scored in a game (9/8/18), six made field goals in a game (9/8/18) and three 50-yard field goals in a game (9/8/18)… Ranks second all-time in Mountain West history with 359 points score by a kicker and is third all-time in league history in points scored by any player… Also ranks fifth all-time in MW history with his 167 career extra points.

 

UTAH STATE HAS EIGHT PLAYERS ON ITS ROSTER THAT WERE WALK-ONS

  • Utah State has eight players on its current roster that began their careers as walk-ons and went on to earn scholarships in senior PK Dominik Eberle, junior TE Travis Boman, junior WR Taylor Compton, redshirt junior LB Eric Munoz, junior RB Chase Nelson, junior LS Brandon Pada, junior DE Jake Pitcher and redshirt freshman OL Karter Shaw. Furthermore, junior P Christopher Bartolic, junior graduate transfer DE Nick Heninger and junior WR Derek Wright are currenlty walk-ons for the Aggies.

 

AGGIES WHO HAVE SERVED LDS CHURCH MISSIONS 

  • Utah State has 18 players on its 2019 roster who have served two-year LDS Church Missions in senior DE Braden Harris, senior DE Jacoby Wildman, redshirt junior OL Mohelika Uasike, junior DTCaden Andersen, junior WR Taylor Compton, junior DT Ritisoni Fata, junior TE Logan Lee, junior TE Mosese Manu, junior RB Chase Nelson, sophomore RB Sione Fehoko, sophomore LB Daniel Langi, sophomore OL Wade Meacham, redshirt freshman LB Dustin Mathews, redshirt freshman TE Bryce Mortenson, freshman DT Josh Bowcut, freshman OL Sione Lasike, freshman OL Logan Woodand freshman WR Kyle Van Leeuwen.

 

AGGIES WHO ARE MARRIED 

  • Utah State has seven players on its 2019 roster who are married in senior DE Dalton Baker, senior DE Braden Harris, senior DT Fua Leilua, senior DE Jacoby Wildman, redshirt junior OL Mohelika Uasike, junior WR Derek Wright and sophomore LB Daniel Langi.

 

ACADEMICALLY SPEAKING

  • Utah State had two players in senior DE Jacoby Wildman and junior LB David Woodward that earned CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team honors in 2019.

 

  • Utah State earned the 2018 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis.

 

  • Utah State’s football team has a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 92 percent to rank first in the Mountain West. The Aggies also rank first among the other football programs in the Beehive State.

 

  • Over the past nine seasons, USU has had 184 players earn academic all-league honors and 181 players have graduated from Utah State.

 

  • Utah State has 16 players on its roster who have already graduated with their bachelor degrees. Those that have graduated from Utah State University include senior DE Devon Anderson (interdisciplinary studies with a business minor), senior DE Dalton Baker (agricultural science with a business entrepreneurship minor), senior RB Gerold Bright (general studies emphasizing in human services with a sociology minor), redshirt senior P Aaron Dalton (business marketing and a leadership management minor), senior PK Dominik Eberle (dual degrees in business marketing and international business), senior DE Tipa Galeai (interdisciplinary studies emphasizing in sociology), senior CB Cameron Haney (integrated studies), senior DE Braden Harris (biology with a sociology minor), senior DT Fua Leilua(general studies emphasizing in human services), senior DT Christopher Unga (sociology with a criminal justice minor), senior graduate student DE Jacoby Wildman (sociology; will complete his master’s in business administration this spring) and senior CB DJ Williams (sociology with a criminal justice minor). Those players that have earned their bachelor’s degree from another institution include senior graduate transfer RB Riley Burt (exercise and wellness from BYU; pursuing his master’s in physical education), senior graduate transfer WR Siaosi Mariner (sociology from Utah; pursuing his master’s in physical education), senior graduate transfer TE Caleb Repp (sociology from Utah; pursuing his master’s in sports education) and junior graduate transfer DE Nick Heninger (business scholars from Utah).

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