Aggies add pads and scrimmage during Wednesday’s practice

LOGAN – The Aggies broke out the pads for the first time this fall camp Wednesday afternoon.

Head coach Matt Wells said the addition provides opportunity for new drills and creates energy. He called it “a shot in the arm.”

“I thought today was probably the most competitive practice we’ve had,” he said. “Which was good, the first day in pads. There was a lot more give and take.”

After positional drills there was a small scrimmage. Wells said he thought the offense moved the ball well.

“I thought (running back) Devonte Mays ran the ball really good,” he said. “(Tight end) Wyatt Houston caught the ball well. (Wide receiver) Gerold Bright showed up several times.”

It wasn’t just the offensive guys who impressed.

“I thought (cornerback) Daniel Gray made a couple of plays,” he said. “I saw (defensive end) Ricky Ali’ifua with some pressures.”

There were also officials at the camp Wednesday – striped uniforms and all – who watched the practice and afterward spoke to the team.

“To see yellow flags and have them talk about alignments and where their hands go, and it’s someone else besides me or someone else saying it, it is a little bit more official,” Wells said. “I think it just reinforces some things.”

The Aggies will continue practice Thursday and start two-a-days Friday. The first scrimmage will take place Saturday, but it will be closed to the public.

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