LOGAN, Utah — Utah State football coach Gary Andersen announced Thursday that running back Abou Toure has signed with the Aggies, adding to USU’s 2012 signing class. Abou Toure (pronounced Ah-boo Tore-ay) is a 6-2, 230-pound running back from Framingham, Ma., and will have two years of eligibility with the Aggies. Toure played one season at Dean Junior College in Franklin, Mass., but only saw action in one game before suffering an injury and did not play the rest of the year. The year before, Toure played at Valley Forge Community College in Wayne, Pa., earning first-team all-conference honors as a freshman after rushing for over 1,000 yards in helping the team to an undefeated season. “As we said on Signing Day, we continue to recruit, especially with the emphasis on finding a high-quality running back and Abou definitely fills that role for us,” Andersen said. “Our coaches did a great job with him, and we are excited for him to join the Aggie football family.” Toure was a three-year letterwinner at Framingham High School, rushing for 1,204 yards on 144 carries (8.3 ypc) with 11 TDs as a senior in leading the Flyers to the state title. He earned first-team all-Bay State Conference honors and played in the Shrine All-Star Game. Born in Ivory Coast, Africa, Toure is the son of Ali Toure and Fatou Cisset, and has one sister. Toure’s signing gives the Andersen and the Aggies 16 players for the 2012 signing class. Utah State posted a historic season with a 7-6 record, its first seven-win season since 1993, capping its season with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, losing to Ohio in a 24-23 thriller. Five of USU’s losses were by one score or less, and 10 of the Aggies’ games were decided by one score this season which are the most in the nation. Fans are invited to join Utah State football at its end of the season banquet on Friday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Riverwoods Conference Center at Spring Hill Suites in Logan. Cost of the event is $27.50 per person. The night starts at 5 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Head coach Gary Andersen will address the audience, show some season highlights and present team awards. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact Mark Andersen in the USU Football office at (435) 797-1870 or register online at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Registration is required by Monday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. * Note, pre-registration is required, walk-ups will not be accepted on the night of the banquet. Utah State football season ticket renewals and new sales for the 2012 season are available at 2011’s prices until May 1. Renewals are available online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu. Fans interested in new sales should 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 or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. 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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