Any football player from Logan is going to get continued support no matter where they end up after high school. Luckily, many of them stay close to home and have the support right here at home. Levi Koskan, a senior defensive end from Smithfield, is one of those people. “It’s so great to have all the local support,” Koskan said. “I love being able to have my family at all my games.” He wasn’t always sure he wanted to be an Aggie, however. Koskan was born in Texas, but has lived in Smithfield most of his life. “I was looking to get out, spread my wings a little,” Koskan said. In the end, though, he ended up playing at Utah State and hasn’t looked back. “I love it here,” he said. Like several of the Aggie football players, Koskan started his career as a walk-on and worked his way up to earning a scholarship. Even that came as a surprise to him, though. “I had no idea I was getting a scholarship,” Koskan said. “Then one day we’re in a team meeting and Coach Andersen got up to talk and said ‘We have a new scholarship to give out to a guy who’s worked hard and has really earned it, Levi Koskan,’ and I was shocked, but very grateful.” It’s not an easy task to convince the coaching staff you are a player worthy of the money and dedication that comes from a scholarship. Defensive line coach Frank Maile will be the first to tell anyone that. “A lot of people think it’s all fun and games and show up as a walk-on. But it’s a grind now. You have to prove yourself to not only the coaches, but also to your teammates. You have to prove you’re worth the scholarship,” Maile said. “You have to be a great guy on and off the field, and Levi’s done a great job of doing that. The scholarship was well-deserved, and we’ve been lucky to find so many of those kind of guys, especially in the local kids like Levi. He’s a good guy to have around.” “Basically, you just have to take care of yourself and not complain,” Koskan said. Koskan is the type of player that’s hard to find, and once you do you want to keep them around and teach other players to strive for those qualities. “The good thing about Levi is that he does exactly what you ask him to do. It’s not a struggle for us to get him to go to class or do the little things. He comes to practice, he works hard, he’s a blue-collar kind of guy. We don’t have to ask him twice to do the little things,” Maile said. “He’s the kind of guy we try and get all our guys to be like. He’s a good example to have around for the younger kids who come into the program.” Koskan came to Utah State and jumped right in and gave it his all. “Once all my friends left on their LDS missions, football was all I had,” Koskan said. After redshirting his freshman season, he has seen action in all but one game. The 2010 season brought him national recognition as a nominee for the Rudy Award, that honors Division I players who had that extra spark in them, named for Notre Dame’s Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. He was also a candidate for the first Burslworth Trophy. Named for Brandon Burlsworth, it acknowledges a Division I player who started as a walk-on and has shown great performance on the field. “It was an honor to even be nominated for the Rudy Award,” Koskan said. “It was cool though, because a lot of times I felt like Rudy. I would write to all my buddies on missions telling them some of the similarities and then Coach Andersen nominated me for it.” Koskan isn’t one to take all the credit for himself. From his day-to-day actions to the cross tattooed on his chest, it’s easy to figure out who he gives the credit to and where he gets his strength and motivation. His faith isn’t displayed by vocal and forward preaching, but rather by the way he lives his life and the way he treats those around him. “God is always first,” he said. “I pray every day for strength, but also to have fun and enjoy my time out here.” Koskan is entirely on board to get the team to their goal of a WAC championship and a bowl game win. “I’m going to do anything I can to help get us there,” Koskan said. “This is something we all want and we have to do it together.” Koskan will be graduating with a degree in psychology and said he is excited to be applying the things he’s learned in those classes to both football and real life. After graduation he will start on a master’s degree in the same program. Staying in Logan is a possibility, but not completely determined yet. As a senior, Koskan is a leader of the team both on and off the field. Coaches and players alike look to him as an example and are expecting big things from him this year. “I expect a lot of good things from him,” Maile said. “He’s going to work when the ball’s snapped. He’s going to be off, and he’s going to be head hunting.” -USU-
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