Aggie Fact of the Day: The Aggie defense welcomes back its top three tacklers in senior linebacker Bobby Wagner with 133 tackles, senior linebacker Kyle Gallagher with 91 tackles and senior safety Walter McClenton’s 62 stops, as part of seven of the top 10 tacklers from last season… USU also returns its top four leaders for tackles for loss in senior defensive end Levi Koskan (8.5-47), Wagner (8.0-15), senior defensive end Quinn Garner (5.0-11) and Gallagher (4.0-10), as well as its top two sack leaders in Koskan (4.5-36) and Garner (2.5-7).Aggie Tidbit of the Day: A total of 14 players on the Aggie roster saw action as freshmen in 2010… Nine redshirt-freshmen played while five true freshmen saw playing time. LOGAN, Utah – Thursday’s Utah State football practice saw the Aggies on the practice field again and in shoulder pads for the fourth practice of fall camp.USU head coach Gary Andersen was pleased with the squad’s energy and intensity in the two-hour practice. Defensive highlights included sacks by the redshirt-freshman linebacker duo of Chris Fox and Tavaris McMillian while freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell and junior cornerback Will Davis each had pass break-ups. Offensive highlights included sophomore wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen and freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton both having solid days, according to USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin.The Aggies conclude the NCAA’s five-day “acclimatization period” on Friday, donning full pads for the first time in fall camp. USU’s first two-a-day is slated for Saturday, Aug. 7, taking the practice fields from 9:15-11:15 a.m. and then again from 4:55 – 6:25 p.m.Thursday was the fourth of Utah State’s 29 preseason practices before the season opener against No. 19 Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. (MT).Friday and Saturday’s practices are at the practice field. All practices of the preseason are open to the public. Fans are encouraged to stay in the stands when the team is practicing on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium and in the bleachers at the practice field. All open practices are subject to change.USU’s preseason concludes with a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Noon as part of Utah State Aggie Football Family Fun Day, sponsored by Macey’s Foods. The event provides fans a chance to meet USU football players and coaches, participate in games and activities as well as purchase and pick-up season tickets. Activities sponsored by Macey’s Foods will begin on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium. Season tickets as well as two-game packages will be also available for purchase at the USU Football Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Romney Stadium Box Office, which is located on the South end of Romney Stadium.After its 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 Football Practice Dates, Times and LocationsFri., Aug. 12 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldSat., Aug. 13 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice Field ** First two-a-dayMon., Aug. 15 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldTues., Aug. 16 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * ScrimmageWed., Aug. 17 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldThurs., Aug. 18 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldFri., Aug. 19 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldSat., Aug. 20 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * ScrimmageMon., Aug. 22 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldTues., Aug. 23 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldWed., Aug. 24 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. / 4:55 – 6:25 p.m. – Practice FieldThurs., Aug. 25 – 1 p.m. – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium * ScrimmageFri., Aug. 26 – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Practice FieldSat., Aug. 27 – Noon ** Scrimmage – part of Aggie Football Family Fun Day – Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium **End of campAs of 8/8/11 – DATES, TIMES AND OPEN PRACTICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE-USU-
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