Feb. 17, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football celebrated its milestone 2011 season with an end of the year banquet Friday night at the Riverwoods Conference Center at Spring Hill Suites in Logan.
With the "Voice of the Aggies," radio play-by-play announcer Al Lewis as master of ceremonies, everyone in attendance watched the season highlight video made by USU video coordinator Bill Garren, followed by a blessing from USU assistant coach Zach Nyborg. After a dinner that featured prime rib and chicken, Lewis recapped the season with a "year in review," then head coach Gary Andersen introduced the Aggies' coaching staff. The 2011 seniors were honored with a video, then academic all-Western Athletic Conference and all-WAC honors were presented before the team awards were announced and presented. After the team awards, Coach Andersen made closing remarks.
At the banquet, players and team personnel were presented with their rings honoring the 2011 season, which included a berth in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The players were also given their 2011 home jerseys.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner was presented with the Aggies' Team MVP award, while running back Robert Turbin was named the Offensive MVP, linebacker Kyle Gallagher was tabbed as the Defensive MVP and safety Chris Harris was presented with the Special Teams MVP. Tight end D.J. Tialavea earned the Most Improved Offensive Player honor while defensive end Levi Koskan collected the Most Improved Defensive Player accolade.
Scout Team Offensive MVP honors was also shared between offensive linemen Taani Fisilau and Jorden Mattinson while the Scout Team Defensive MVP award was split between linebacker Jefferson Court and defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen.
Utah State posted a historic season with a 7-6 record, its first seven-win season since 1993, capping its season with its first bowl appearance since 1997 with a trip to 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.
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.
2011 Utah State Football Team Awards
Most Improved Offense: D.J. Tialavea
Most Improved Defense: Levi Koskan
Iron Aggie (Strength and Conditioning): Michael Smith
Special Teams MVP: Chris Harris
Defensive MVP: Kyle Gallagher
Offensive MVP: Robert Turbin
Team MVP: Bobby Wagner
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