Utah State Football Opens Practice Thursday
Aug. 5, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football will open fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. at Romney Stadium. First-year head coach Gary Andersen will open his first fall camp at the helm of the Aggie program with 105 players in uniform.
The Aggies will take to the turf of Romney Stadium on Thursday, beginning their five-day acclimation period in helmets, practice jerseys and shorts for the first two practices before donning pads for the next two practices and moving up to Tuesday's full pads practice. The first two-a-day is Wednesday, Aug. 12.
"We're excited to get it going," Andersen said. "We've had a great summer with conditioning and workouts, so we're ready to get on the field and get to work."
Andersen's enthusiasm and anxiousness spreads to the players as well.
"Everyone is really excited. It hasn't been like this in the past. We are just really looking forward to camp and learning the rest of the schemes. There is just so much excitement and energy," senior safety James Brindley said.
USU's final scrimmage of the fall will be in association with Utah State Aggie Football Family Fun Day, sponsored by Macey's Foods, and will be held on Saturday, August 22 at Romney Stadium. The event provides fans a chance to meet USU football players and coaches, participate in games and activities as well as purchase season tickets.
Activities sponsored by Macey's Foods will begin at 12 p.m., on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium. USU's football scrimmage gets underway at 1 p.m.
Andersen and the Aggies return a WAC-leading 19 total starters, including a conference-best 10 on offense, as well as seven on defense and two kickers. Those 19 starters are part of 48 returning lettermen from last season's 3-9 team. Last year was the first time since 2005 that the Aggies had three wins in a season and USU's 3-5 WAC record was its best in its four seasons in the league. It was also the first time since 2003 that USU has won three conference games and just the third time in the 2000's (2000: 4-1 Big West; 2003: 3-4 Big West; 2008: 3-5 WAC).
The Aggies open the 2009 season against Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3. After a bye and a road game at Texas A&M on Saturday, Sept. 19, USU hosts in-state foe Southern Utah in the Aggies' home opener on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.
For season and single-game ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
USU Football Practice Dates, Times and Locations (Practices open-ness are subject to change) Thurs., Aug. 6 - 9 a.m.-Noon - Romney Stadium Fri., Aug. 7 - 9 a.m.-Noon - Romney Stadium Sat., Aug. 8 - 9 a.m.-11 a.m. - Practice Field Mon., Aug. 10 - 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Practice Field Tues., Aug. 11 - 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.- Practice Field Wed., Aug. 12 - 9-10:45 a.m. / 5-6:30 p.m. - Practice Field ** First two-a-day Thur., Aug. 13 - 9-10:45 a.m. - Romney Stadium ** Scrimmage Fri., Aug. 14 - CLOSED Sat., Aug. 15 - CLOSED Mon., Aug. 17 - 9-10:45 a.m. Tues., Aug. 18 - CLOSED Wed., Aug. 19 - 9-10:45 a.m. / 5-6:30 p.m. - Practice Field Thurs., Aug. 20 - 9-11 a.m. - Practice Field Fri., Aug. 21 - 9-10:45 a.m. / 5-6:30 p.m. - Practice Field Sat., Aug. 22 - 1 p.m. ** Scrimmage and Aggie Football Family Fun Day - Romney Stadium End of training camp