LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced that three players have signed National Letters of Intent with USU on Wednesday, the start of the early signing period. Andersen and the Aggies inked quarterback Adam Kennedy, offensive lineman Stetson Tenney and defensive lineman Corey Orth. “We are very excited to have all three young men in our program,” Andersen said. “It gives us depth and competition at each one of those positions. Anytime you go out and recruit junior college players, especially mid-year junior college players, you expect them to come in and compete for a starting job, and that is what we expect each of these young men to do.” Wednesday is the first day of the junior college signing period. Junior college students who will earn their degree in time to enroll at a four-year school in the spring may sign National Letters of Intent through Jan. 14. All three players will attend Utah State this spring and will participate in spring football. All three will have two years of eligibility with the Aggies. Tenney and Orth were teammates at Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Ariz., while Kennedy comes to USU from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. “I think our current players on the recruiting trip did a tremendous job of finishing the deal and getting them to say yes,” Andersen said. “As we went through the recruiting process with all three of these kids, we tell them exactly what we have, myself as a head coach and the assistant coaches, but when the young men come on the recruiting trip our kids here are the ones who push them over the top and get them to say yes.” Kennedy is a 6-5, 210-pound quarterback who comes to USU from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. A native of Elk Grove, Calif., Kennedy led the Mustangs to a 7-3 record in 2010, including a 4-1 Valley Conference record and co-North Division Conference champions, on the way to the ASBG Bowl Game. Kennedy threw for 1,767 yards in 10 games (176.7 ypg) on 153-of-236 passing (.648) with 15 TD’s and eight INT’s, for an efficiency rating of 141.9. The 64.8 completion percentage ranked Kennedy sixth in the California Community College Athletic Association, while ranking 15th in pass efficiency and 21st in the total offense (213.5 ypg). He also had 368 yards rushing on 106 attempts (3.5 ypr) with four TD’s. Kennedy was a first-team all-Valley Conference selection as well as the Mustangs’ MVP. “It was a recruiting battle. In Adam’s case, he was going back and forth so many times with different schools, but I think talking with our current players really helped him decide to come here. We are very excited to have Adam as another one of our quarterbacks. With Adam, it will give us four quarterbacks on scholarship, which is what we need. If you look at the way they are spaced with a junior, sophomore, and two freshmen that is exactly the spacing that you want to have at the quarterback position as we grow in the near future and for years to come. He has a very strong arm. He is a good athlete, and he is exactly what we need to give the play-makers the opportunity to get the ball into their hands,” Andersen said. At Franklin High School, Kennedy was a first-team all-conference honoree, throwing for 1,109 yards in 10 games with eight TD’s and four INT’s. Kennedy also rushed for 413 yards on 94 carries (4.4 ypc) with five TD’s for the Wildcats. Kennedy is the son of Bill and Teresa Kennedy and has one brother. He intends on majoring in business management at USU. Tenney, a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman, is a native of Sho Low, Ariz., joining the Aggies from Eastern Arizona Junior College after originally walking on at BYU in 2008. At EAJC, Tenney earned first-team all-Region I honors and first-team all-Western States Football League accolades last season. Tenney helped the Gila Monsters to a 9-3 record and Salt City Bowl berth, falling to Hutchinson Community College. Tenney anchored an Eastern Arizona offensive line that led the WSFL in rushing with 3,560 (323.6 ypg) last season, ranking fifth in total offense with 376.5 ypg. “We were looking for a mid-year junior college offensive tackle, and Stetson fits what we were looking for perfectly. He is a big, tall, strong mature young man. He is a return missionary and 24 years old. He gives us some maturity up front, and he fits our recruiting plan and cycle very well. He played in an option offense in junior college, so we know he is a downhill physical kid that can run block extremely well. With his athleticism, I believe he can adjust very quickly and become a pass blocker for us. He will have a tremendous off-season, and we look forward to getting into spring ball so we can see what he can do,” Andersen said. At Show Low High School, Tenney was a two-time first-team 3A all-state honoree, as both an offensive tackle and defensive end, helping the Cougars to an undefeated season and 3A state championship as a junior. He also earned first-team all-conference accolades as a junior and senior. Tenney also was a three-year letterwinner in both wrestling, winning the state championship as a senior, compiling a 52-4 record. As a junior, Tenney was sixth at the state meet, helping SLHS to the state title. He was also a three-year letterwinner in track & field. “He is familiar with the area, and I think he is excited about the game with BYU, since he was at BYU. The area was a tremendous fit for Stetson and for Adam, who both like the outdoors. He loves to hunt and fish, and when he came up here he felt right at home. He was familiar with the area, and the number of LDS kids we have on the team, along with the mission program we built was a factor for him,” Andersen said. Tenney is the son of David and Gay Tenney and he has one sister and four brothers. He served an LDS Church Mission in Little Rock, Ark. from 2005-07. At Utah State, Tenney plans on majoring in exercise science. Orth, a 6-5, 260-pound defensive end, is a native of Buena Vista, Colo., and also comes to USU from Eastern Arizona Junior College, where he earned first-team all-WSFL honors along with first-team all-Arizona honors. Last season, Orth posted 33 tackles (24 solo, nine assists), as well as ranking second on the team with six sacks. Prior to Eastern Arizona JC, Orth played at Wyoming, seeing action in nine games in 2009 as a redshirt-freshman, logging five tackles with one fumble recovery, seeing action mostly on special teams. “He played at Wyoming as a freshman and backed up two very good defensive lineman that were starters in the Mountain West for a long time. He played a lot as a freshman at Wyoming, but with the coaching change he decided to leave. He is a tall, long-levered defender that can run,” Andersen said. “When you are looking to continue to make strides on the defensive side of the football, Corey is exactly the type of guy that you are looking for, especially with the minor shifts we are making on the defensive side of the ball to fit our scheme better. He is a great fit at the defensive end spot. He is athletic and a play-maker.” At Buena Vista High School, Orth graduated early and enrolled in classes at Wyoming and went through spring drills in 2008. As a senior, Orth was a Colorado 2A all-state defensive lineman by both the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, posting 140 tackles (121 solo, 19 assists) with 16 sacks and nine fumble recoveries as well as blocking six field goals and four punts. He was selected to play in the 2008 Colorado Coaches All-State Game. As a junior, Orth earned honorable mention all-state honors as well as all-conference honors in addition to being the conference defensive MVP, logging 100 tackles, 12 sacks and three fumble recoveries. Orth is the son of Ken and Tammy Orth and has two sisters. He intends to major in criminal justice at USU. “As we go through the offseason and get into spring ball we will see. I expect Corey to come in and compete for a starting job, especially with the injury to Levi Koskan. His reps will obviously go up because Koskan will not be involved in spring football at all. It will give Corey a great opportunity to get more reps,” Andersen said. With the addition of Orth to the USU defense, Andersen has several options for the defensive line. “It will also give the other young defensive ends a chance to grow. Connor Williams will be playing defensive end and doing some different things. B.J. Larsen is another one that will get the opportunity to get in there and fight for those spots. Corey needs to step up along with Quinn Garner and be in the starting rotation,” Andersen said. Andersen intends on signing at least one, maybe two junior college wide receivers, as well as adding a cornerback, safety, offensive lineman, defensive lineman and punter, whether from the junior college or high school ranks. Utah State concluded the season with a 4-8 overall record and 2-6 WAC mark. Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics. UTAH STATE FOOTBALL MID-YEAR SIGNINGS Name POS HT WT CL EXP Hometown (High School/Last School) Adam Kennedy QB 6-5 210 JR TR Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin HS/San Joaquin Delta College) Corey Orth DE 6-5 260 JR TR Buena Vista, Colo. (Buena Vista HS/Eastern Arizona JC) Stetson Tenney OL 6-6 310 JR TR Show Low, Ariz. (Show Low HS/Eastern Arizona JC) -USU-
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