LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football conducted its fifth annual Ladies Clinic Wednesday evening, and the ever-growing event had a record-turnout for the fourth-straight year with 244 ladies in action.”This is a great kickoff to the year. We had another record crowd with more ladies participating than we’ve ever had,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “Judging by all the smiles here tonight, the ladies had a great time. They were excited and our players were excited. It is great for our kids to be involved in and a tremendous environment for them as players and they have a lot of fun too. We’re excited to get the season going. This was two hours of great fun and excitement for the participants, as well as the coaches and players.”The clinic, which was sponsored by America First Credit Union, was designed to teach participants football skills, techniques and the ins-and-outs of the game. Participants also had the opportunity to meet the Aggie football coaching staff and selected players, mingling and getting their pictures taken with them.”I came because my husband wanted me to come and learn more about football and listen to Coach Andersen,” said Logan, Utah native Kim Larson, who earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from USU in 1995 and her master’s of business in 2002, also from USU. “It was really fun to meet the players and get to see them without their helmets and pads on, and you get to see their personalities up close and personal. They’re really fun to be around and crack people up. I liked doing all the drills and I totally rocked at the quarterback station. I learned I’m a pretty good thrower, but not so good at kicking.”After the introductions along with a question and answer session in the Spetman Auditorium in the Laub Athletics-Academics Complex, everyone got a tour of the Aggies’ locker room, then gathered on the edge of the field and charged through the USU inflatable helmet, through the tunnel of the Aggie players and stormed Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.Breaking into groups, participants went through every position drill, from throwing passing at the quarterback station, to running passing routes at the receivers station, as well as running with a ball and dodging “tacklers” at the running back station, blocking at the offensive line station, snapping the ball at the center station, shedding blockers and hitting tackling dummies at the defensive line station, hopping over tackling dummies and charging to make a tackle at the linebacker station, doing pass coverage drills at the defensive back station, in addition to kicking field goals and punting at the kicking station. Participants also got to suit up in full gear and Aggie uniforms.”I’m a true, blue Aggie and I have a sister-in-law who lives up here and told me to come up and be a part of it. This was so much fun,” said Salt Lake City native and high school teacher Cathleen Taggart, who earned her bachelor’s degree in 1978 and her master’s degree in 1985 in English literature, both from USU. “My favorite part about today was being with all of these people who just love being a part of Utah State, just the feeling of it all. I learned a lot today, especially how hard it is to throw a football, but I was very good at kicking. I was glad to know that I could actually kick a football, I had never done it before.”Following the stations, all participants, coaches and players gathered for a group photo and closed with raffle drawings, awarding prizes from a variety of items and gift certificates from the numerous Cache Valley business sponsors of the event. In addition to the title sponsors, America First Credit Union, the Ladies Clinic was also sponsored by the Cache Valley Mall, Texas Roadhouse, the Logo Shop, Down East and Wal-Mart.Andersen and the Aggies open practice on Monday, Aug. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium in preparation for the 2011 season-opener at Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 3. Utah State’s home opener is on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT), taking on in-state foe Weber State, marking the first time that USU and WSU have squared off since 2001, and 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.For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.-USU-
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