April 27, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football will be concluding spring drills on Saturday with the annual Blue-White Spring Game presented by Orbit Irrigation Products, which begins at 2 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. A plethora of activities surround Saturday's Utah State football spring game, highlighted by USU Athletics' new logo unveiling as well as HURD Bowl III.
"It will be offense versus defense with a scoring system. The kids will be excited to compete against each other and actually keep score. It's not a perfect scoring scenario, so we'll see how it works," USU head coach Gary Andersen said.
Saturday's action will be offense in blue jerseys against the defense in white jerseys. Both teams will be captained by seniors, with the offense led by OL Oscar Molina-Sanchez, TE Kellen Bartlett, QB Adam Kennedy, WR Chuck Jacobs and P Tyler Bennett. The defensive captains are DL Havea Lasike, DL Al Lapuaho, CB Jamaine Olson, CB Quinton Byrd, CB Terrance Alston and CB Jumanne Robertson.
The Blue team will be coached by Mike Sanford, assistant head coach/running backs & tight ends coach, while the White team will be guided by Bill Busch, associate head coach/special teams coordinator/safeties coach.
The first half will be under regulation timing with two 15 minute quarters followed by a running clock with 12 minutes per quarter for the third and fourth quarters.
The offense will get six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal, two points for a rush of 15 or more yards, two points for a pass of 20 or more yards, one point for a first down and one or two points for respective conversions. The defense will earn six points for a touchdown, five points for a turnover, three points for a three-and-out, three points for a blocked field goal, two points for a stopped drive, sack or tackle for loss, as well as one or two points for failed respective conversions. There will be no kickoffs, all possessions will start at the 25.
USU began spring drills back on March 27 and Saturday's spring game is the completion of the four-week spring camp. Andersen has been pleased with the progress his squad has made over that period.
"I expect to execute on both sides of the football. Today was our best day of executing in situations, by far," Andersen said after Thursday's final practice before Saturday's spring scrimmage. "It's a big positive and we've got to see that carry over. Consistent play throughout the offense and defense, physicality up front on both sides of the football and we look for the young men to turn around and make plays."
New USU women's basketball head coach Jerry Finkbeiner will also be in attendance to meet fans, and will be introduced at halftime.
Admission for all of Saturday's events is free to the public.
The press conference will start at 12:30 p.m. and will be held in the Spetman Auditorium on the second floor of the Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex at the north end of Romney Stadium. For those individuals who will be unable to attend the press conference, live streaming of the event will be available via USU's website at www.utahstateaggies.com.
Representatives from Utah State Athletics and Nike will be present at Saturday's press conference to provide additional comments on the scope and benefits of the brand and identity program.
Fans attending the spring game will also have the opportunity to see the new uniforms prior to the start of the game, as the student-athletes who modeled the uniforms at the press conference will also be introduced onto the field at approximately 1:50 p.m.
Merchandise bearing the elements of the new marks will be available for purchase at the USU Bookstore stand on the south concourse of Romney Stadium. Following the Blue-White Spring Game, merchandise will be available both on campus and at other licensed retailers in the Logan area. The new logos, designed by Nike, will replace all current Utah State logos for official athletic use and with all USU merchandise.
The HURD Bowl III semifinals will start at 12:30 p.m., followed by the championship game at 1 p.m. on the turf of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. The teams will be coached by current Aggie players, with Team 1 under the leadership of CB Will Davis. Team 2 will be coached by WR Matt Austin while Team 3 will be guided by LB Terrell Thompson and Team 4 will be led by S McKade Brady and WR Travis Van Leeuwen.
Orbit will be at the game sharing simple steps to save water and money with their "Protect You Home Turf" campaign. They will also be offering fans a chance to sign up to win the "Ultimate Bowl Package" with tickets, travel, meals, and lodging.
Saturday will also be the last opportunity for fans to take advantage of the Utah State football season ticket renewals and new sales for the 2012 season are available at 2011's prices, as the south ticket office will be open Saturday at Noon through the end of the scrimmage.
Renewals are available online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and visiting the "Ticket Office Home" page 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.
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