Aggies Run Through First Spring Football Workout Monday
March 21, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - A two-hour non-padded workout marked the beginning of Spring football practice for the Utah State Aggies as new head coach Brent Guy stepped onto the field with his team for the first time since he was hired on Dec. 10, 2004.
"We were real excited to get going," Guy said. "All of the coaches were excited to get out here and start working with these guys. All we have done is stuff on mat drills. To get the ball out and actually start doing some stuff with the football was exciting."
The team opened its 15-practice spring drills with a spirited workout on the artificial turf in Romney Stadium.
"It felt good to get back out there," said wide receiver Tony Pennyman. "We still have a lot of work to do, but it went pretty well for the first day. We still have a lot of learning. The offense is easier than last year and the guys are learning it a lot faster."
Guy hopes the team will learn quickly due to the new offensive and defensive systems being implemented this Spring.
"We have a lot of work to do because we are changing totally all the schemes that these guys have been used to in the past, so it is going to take a little time," he said.
With a new coaching staff, all positions are open with no starters set in stone.
"Everybody has a clean start," Guy said. "Just because you started a year ago doesn't mean you are a starter now... There are going to be a lot more opportunities to play football and show their skills and what they can do. Every day we have got to get better."
Veteran offensive lineman Donald Penn, a three-year starter, is also excited about the opportunities the Spring presents.
"It is a great opportunity to work with this new coaching staff," Penn said. "We are having tun and like what we are doing. We like the new stuff they put in and we are just trying to get a feel for it. A lot of people came in over the break and studied the plays so we are advanced and we are at a level where coach didn't expect us to be."
USU will continue its first week of practice with a non-padded workout on Tuesday, followed by full-pad practices on Wednesday and Friday.