<strong>LOGAN, Utah – </strong>Utah State had its best practice of fall camp on Friday as second-year head coach Matt Wells was pleased with how his team handled the last day without full pads.
“Practice was good,” said Wells. “I was curious to see how they would come out today because of yesterday being the first day of shoulder pads and tomorrow being full pads. I know there will be great energy and juice tomorrow. We really challenged those guys today and I was proud of their maturity to come out and have a spirited practice. I thought it was good give-and-take. I think the D-Line responded in a more positive manner, but still not where we want them to be. The receivers started out very poorly, but finished well. There was just some good give-and-take today.”
Highlights from Friday’s practice included a 45-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton following a great block from senior wide receiver Ronald Butler. Sophomore quarterback Darell Garretson also had a solid day, which included one touchdown pass.
For the third-straight day, sophomore safety Devin Centers highlighted the Aggies’ defense as he intercepted another pass, giving him four interceptions in the past three practices. USU also saw solid play from several defensive linemen on Friday, while senior linebacker Zach Vigil and junior linebacker Kyler Fackrell also stood out.
Friday was the fourth of 29 practices for Utah State leading up to its season-opener at Tennessee on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. (MT).
Utah State will practice in full pads for the first time this fall on Saturday, Aug. 9 beginning at 9:15 a.m. in Romney Stadium. The first two-a-day is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 11 and USU’s first scrimmage will be on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.
Utah State will open the 2014 season on Sunday, Aug. 31 at Tennessee and plays its first home game the following weekend against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. USU’s first Mountain West game will be at home against Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 11 and the Aggies conclude the regular season at MW foe Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 29. The Mountain West Championship game will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff Committee ranking.
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All practices during fall camp, which concludes on Saturday, Aug. 23, are open to the public.
<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Offensive Player of the Day</span></strong>
Sophomore quarterback Darell Garretson threw the ball very well Friday and ended the day completing 14-of-20 passes, which included a 35-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Damoun Patterson and a 12-yard touchdown strike to sophomore running back Kennedy Williams.
<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Defensive Player of the Day</span></strong>
Junior defensive end Jordan Nielsen was one of many Aggie defenders with solid performances on Friday as the Cache Valley native had a sack and quarterback hurry to go along with a pair of tackles during live drills.
<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Newcomer of the Day</span></strong>
Junior defensive end Edmund Faimalo (Redlands, Calif./Riverside CC) performed well Friday as he recorded a pair of sacks to go along with two other tackles during live action when the Aggie defense was backed up in the red zone.
<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Utah State Football Practice Dates, Times and Location</span></strong>
Sat., Aug. 9 — 9:15 – 11:15 am (Romney Stadium)
Mon., Aug. 11 — 9:15 – 11:15 am / 4:55 – 6:25 pm (Practice Field) — First Two-A-Day
Tues., Aug. 12 — 6:05 – 7:30 pm (Romney Stadium) — Scrimmage #1
Wed., Aug. 13 — 3:40 – 4:30 pm (Practice Field)
Thur., Aug. 14 — 9:15 – 11:15 am / 4:55 – 6:25 pm (Practice Field)
Fri., Aug. 15 — 2:15 – 4:15 pm (Practice Field/Stadium)
FOOTBALL FAMILY FUN DAY, sponsored by Macy’s
Sat., Aug. 16 — 6:00 pm (Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium) — Scrimmage #2
Mon., Aug. 18 — 9:15 – 11:15 am / 3:55 – 5:25 pm (Practice Field)
Tue., Aug. 19 — 6:05 – 7:30 pm (Romney Stadium) — Scrimmage #3
Wed., Aug. 20 — 3:40 – 4:30 pm (Practice Field)
Thur., Aug. 21 — 8:55 – 10:25 am / 5:25 – 6:50 pm (Practice Field/Stadium)
Fri., Aug. 22 — 1:30 – 3:30 pm (Practice Field/Stadium)
Sat., Aug. 23 — 9:15 – 11:15 am (Romney Stadium)
<strong>End of Camp</strong>
NOTE: All dates, times and locations subject to change.