LOGAN – The Aggies didn’t keep score during Saturday’s scrimmage at Romney Stadium, but to Matt Wells, Chuckie Keeton and many more in attendance, it was clear that the defense put on the better show. Only one touchdown was allowed all night – a 41-yard pass from quarterback Craig Harrison to Damoun Patterson.
“I’m really proud of the defense tonight,” Wells said. “I thought that was a really strong effort, even with holding some guys out a little bit. So that was very, very positive and it was good to see them do that.”
Many first string players, including Keeton, sat the scrimmage out while younger players got a chance to prove themselves. Wells recognized safety Jontrell Rocquemore, running back LaJuan Hunt and cornerback Jalen Davis as three players who have played well during fall camp and “solidified at least a small role” on the team. All of them are freshman.
Rocquemore has impressed more than just Coach Wells. He fired up the defense when he intercepted a pass thrown by Harrison.
“Those kinds of plays are going to put you on the bus,” nose guard Travis Seefeldt said. “You just got to keep it up. You have one more week to prove who are.”
Wells said the coaches will go through tape and make a few last evaluations. Other than those last few decisions, fall camp is over.
“Before today, before this last scrimmage, it was 100 percent about the Aggies,” Keeton said. “It was 100 percent about getting better and trying to improve each day, but now it is all set on Knoxville, Tenn. and what we have to accomplish on August 31.”
The Aggie football team understands that picking up a win against the Volunteers won’t be easy. The 100,000 seat stadium isn’t an easy place for opposing teams to play. Keeton says he knows Tennessee might not have as much experience as Utah State, but he understands they are an athletic team.
“They’re not very old, which is a good and a bad thing,” he said. “Good because they can afford to kind-of take a little more risk and at the same time they have some guys that have a lot of room to grow.”
Seefeldt also recognized the youth of Tennessee, and more specifically, its offensive line.
“We got to take advantage of that,” he said. “Get in their heads. Start quick, really quick and be in the game in the fourth quarter.”