Fourth-year head coach Matt Wells welcomes back 12 starters (O-9, D-3) and 38 letterwinners (O-20, D-15, S-3) from last year's team that finished tied for second in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 5-3 record, and played in its school-record fifth-straight bowl game.
Offensively, Utah State scored three touchdowns and added three field goals.
Utah State scored three touchdowns and added a field goal as sophomore running back Joe Hill had 100 yards rushing on 17 carries with one touchdown
Countdown To Kickoff - 24 Days: Utah State Adds Shoulder Pads To Third Practice of Fall Camp; Coach Andersen Reiterates Importance of In-State Recruiting
Andersen reiterated the importance of in-state recruiting for Utah State and announced that the team's current 104-player roster included 10 Cache Valley student-athletes and 51 in-state players.
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2016 (SR): Played in all 12 games, making nine starts… Finished the season ranking third on the team with 60 tackles (38-solo, 22-assist) and ranked tied for 41st in the Mountain West with 5.0 tackles per game… Added 3.0 tackles for loss on the season, to go along with two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries… Registered a season-high 10 tackles against both Fresno State (10/22) and at Nevada (11/19), and had seven stops against Arkansas State (9/16), which included 0.5 tackles for loss… Added one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry against ASU, and returned a fumble seven yards following a lateral against the Red Wolves… Also had six tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss, at USC (9/10) and five tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss, at Boise State (10/1)… Finished the season with a tackle in all 12 games and had at least five tackles in eight of those contests.
2015 (JR): Played in all 13 games, making eight starts at safety... Finished the season ninth on the team with 46 tackles (29-solo, 17-assist)... Also had two pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions (0.20 pg), which ranked 10th in the Mountain West... Those three picks came at Washington (9/19), at Fresno State (10/10) and at New Mexico (11/7), as he returned that interception against the Lobos a career-long 44 yards... Had a season-high seven tackles against Colorado State (10/3) and posted six tackles in back-to-back games at Utah (9/11) and at Washington, along with six stops at San Diego State (10/23)... Recorded at least four tackles in seven different games during the season.2014 (SO): Played in 13 games, making six starts... Earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as he ranked tied for first in the conference and tied for 10th in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.23 pg), tied for seventh in the MW in passes defended (0.85 pg), and 33rd in the MW in tackles (5.7 pg)... Finished the season first on the team in fumbles recovered (3), first in pass breakups (10), fifth in tackles (74), tied for sixth in tackles for loss (6.5) and tied for sixth in sacks (3.0), while adding two quarterback hurries and one interception... Returned two fumbles for touchdowns, with a 47-yard return against Wake Forest (9/13) and a 10-yard return at Hawai'i (11/1), to rank as one of just 18 defenders at the FBS level to score multiple defensive touchdowns on the season... Also recovered a fumble at Arkansas State (9/20).... His lone interception of the season was at BYU (10/3) that he returned 34 yards... Had two double-digit tackle outings during the season with 10 stops against Idaho State (9/6) and a career-high 11 stops at Arkansas State... Also had a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss, including 1.0 sacks, against the Red Wolves to go along with his fumble recovery... Began the season with nine tackles at Tennessee (8/31)... Had a career-high two pass breakups against both BYU and Boise State (11/29)... His 3.0 sacks on the season came in three-straight games against ISU, WF and ASU... Added tackles for loss against Wyoming (11/7) and San José State (11/21).
2013 (RS-FR): Played in 13 games... Finished the year with three total tackles (1-solo, 2-assist) as he had one stop against Weber State (9/14), one tackle at New Mexico (10/19) and one stop against Hawai'i (11/2)... Led the team with two blocked kicks as he blocked punts against both BYU (10/4) and Boise State (10/12) in back-to-back weeks.
2012 (RS): Redshirted during his first season at Utah State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Recorded 37 tackles to go along with five pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior at Chandler (Ariz.) High School... Finished second at state in the 110m hurdles (14.16) and fourth in the 300m hurdles (39.11)... Had marks of 22'7" in the long jump and 6'2" in the high jump... Spent freshman season at Desert Vista (Ariz.) High School.
PERSONAL: Son of Vada Lonnie and Larry Centers... Has four sisters and one brother... His father played in the NFL for 14 seasons, mostly with the Arizona Cardinals... Brother, Larry, played wide receiver at Texas State... Sister, Brittani, played volleyball at North Texas, while another sister, Jndia, ran track at New Mexico State... Graduated from Utah State in the fall of 2016 with dual bachelor’s degrees in marketing and business administration.
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