LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State once again had solid play from both its offense and defense during its second scrimmage of spring camp Friday afternoon on Merlin Olsen Field inside Maverik Stadium as the team practiced for one hour with an estimated 70 snaps of the football.
"It was a very clean scrimmage with hardly any administrative penalties," said fifth-year head coach Matt Wells. "The biggest thing that I saw today was really good, competitive back and forth battles. I thought the offense completely dominated early in the scrimmage. They ran the ball well and made some throws and catches. The defense won both the back-up drills and had two safeties, and won both two-minute drills, while the offense won both red zone drills."
Offensively, Utah State scored six touchdowns and added two field goals, while the defense recorded five sacks and 10 tackles for loss during the day to go along with one interception.
Highlighting Utah State's offense was senior QB Kent Myers, who was 10-of-14 passing for 170 yards and four touchdowns, which included a 71-yard strike to junior WR Ron'quavion Tarver on the second play of the scrimmage. Additionally, redshirt freshman QB Jordan Love completed 5-of-6 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown, while junior QB DJ Nelson was 7-of-9 passing for 49 yards. In all, USU's three quarterbacks combined to complete 22-of-29 passes for 312 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.
Tarver led all receivers with 83 yards on just two catches as he also hauled in a 12-yard touchdown reception from Myers. Redshirt freshman WR Jordan Nathan had three receptions for 25 yards, which included a 12-yard touchdown from Myers, and senior TE Damion Hobbs caught two passes for 36 yards, while senior WR Jaren Colston-Green also had two receptions for 27 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown from Myers.
On the first drive of the scrimmage, the No. 1 offense showed its explosiveness, scoring from 75 yards out in just two plays, as Myers connected with Tarver on a 71-yard catch and run.
Utah State's next scoring drive came two series later when senior RB LaJuan Hunt scored on a 2-yard run to cap an 8-play, 75-yard drive that was highlighted by a 60-yard completion from Love to junior WR Zach Van Leeuwen. Hunt finished the scrimmage with seven carries for 18 yards.
After a three-and-out, the offense scored on back-to-back series as Myers connected with Nathan for a 12-yard touchdown to cap an 8-play, 50-yard drive, and sophomore PK Dominik Eberle drilled a 52-yard field goal.
USU's defense then stepped up and recorded back-to-back safeties on the next two series from senior LB Alex Huerta and junior DE Adewale Adeoye. Huerta finished with four tackles on the day, while Adeoye had two stops, both of which were for loss.
The offense then closed the scrimmage with three touchdowns and one field goal in four drives as Myers had scoring strikes to Colston-Green for 23 yards and Tarver for 12 yards, while Love connected with senior WR Alex Byers for a 20-yard touchdown, and Eberle made his second field goal of the day, this time from 22 yards.
"I think the offense played well today and we see what we are capable of," said Myers. "We scored a lot of touchdowns in the red zone and I thought we drove the ball really well. We're not satisfied, but we are happy where we are at right now."
Defensively, redshirt freshman LB Kevin Meitzenheimer had a team-high five tackles during the scrimmage, while redshirt freshman S Braxton Gunther had four stops. Junior S Aaron Wade registered the only turnover on the day with an interception.
"Overall, I thought the defense played okay today, but I think there are a lot of things we need to work on and we will continue to do that over these last couple of practices," said Huerta.
Utah State will conclude its spring schedule next week, practicing on Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 6-8 a.m., before hosting its annual Blue vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, April 8 on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium at 2 p.m.
All practice days, times and locations are subject to change.
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2017 Utah State Football Spring Practice Dates
Tues., April 4 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Thur., April 6 - 6:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 8 -- 2:00 p.m. - Blue vs. White Spring Game
* - All practice days, times and locations are subject to change.
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