USU Football Caps Opening Week Of Spring Practice With First Full Pads Day Friday
March 30, 2012
After practicing indoors and in the mornings for the first two practices of spring drills, Friday was a day of firsts for Utah State football, as the Aggies had their first practice in full pads in practicing outside and in the afternoon for the first time this week. Having been in action in the Laub Indoor Facility on Tuesday and Thursday morning, USU was outside on the turf of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium Friday afternoon.
"I'm going to kind of hold judgement on it until I see it on tape. We've got a lot of kids that have a lot of energy and excitement, and they're excited to play the game. We just need to make sure as coaches we really dissect this film and spend time on the evaluation process. Number one is to get the best kids on the field, as always, but number two is to give the kids the opportunity to do things they can do well and really just develop the youth in this crew and let them wrap their arms around each other to gain confidence," USU head coach Gary Andersen said.
USU practiced for roughly two hours Friday afternoon, and several fans were in attendance, enjoying the nice, warm weather. The Aggies went through drills as well as some game-type situations, polishing up on things worked on in Tuesday and Thursday's practices while in jerseys, shorts and helmets.
"I think there's a lot to look forward to, a lot of excitement. I think it went well. I think it went how people expected. Matt (Austin) showed up all week and so did Chuck (Jacobs). Kerwynn (Williams) looked sensational. There's just a lot of excitement moving forward," senior quarterback Adam Kennedy said.
USU will have four more weeks of spring drills, which will culminate with the Spring Game on Saturday, April 28.
"The first week has gone pretty good. It's my first year of spring ball in college, so I'm excited regardless of what happens," sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton said. "It definitely gives us a lot of motivation for what's going to happen in the season. We have a new offensive coordinator in Coach Wells, he's doing a great job and we're adjusting pretty well. It's really just clicking together with different personnel, that's the biggest part about spring ball. It's going to be a big year for our offense. We have a lot of big playmakers on our team. I think we're going to find our identity to be a big offense this year."
USU is tentatively scheduled to practice inside the Laub Indoor Facility on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6-8 a.m., and then Friday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. outside on the turf of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. All practice days, times and locations are subject to change.
Practices are currently scheduled to be open to the public, but are subject to change. When the Aggies are on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, fans must remain in the stands at all times. When USU in the Laub Indoor Facility, fans must remain in the opening by the doorway.
The Blue-White Spring Game presented by Orbit Irrigation Products, will be on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Admission will again be free to the public and further details along with events surrounding the Spring Game will be released at a later date.
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.
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2012 SPRING PRACTICE DATES/TIMES: *** SUBJECT TO CHANGE *** Tues., April 3 - 6 - 8 a.m. Thurs., April 5 - 6 - 8 a.m. Fri., April 6 - 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Tues., April 10 - 6 - 8 a.m. Thurs., April 12 - 6 - 8 a.m. Fri., April 13 - 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Tues., April 17 - 6:15 - 8 a.m. Thurs., April 19 - 6:15 - 8 a.m. Fri., April 20 - 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Tues., April 24 - 6:15 - 8 a.m. Thurs., April 26 - 6:15 - 8 a.m. Saturday, April 28 - 2 p.m. *** SPRING GAME ***SPRING PRACTICE POLICIES * All Tues.-Thurs. practices are tentatively scheduled for the Laub Indoor Facility with Friday practices tentatively scheduled for Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, but are subject to change. * All practices are tentatively open to the public, but they must remain off the field. When the Aggies are on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, fans must remain in the stands at all times. When USU in the Laub Indoor Facility, fans must remain in the opening by doorway. All open practices are subject to change.