LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State’s football team held its second practice of the 2017 season Saturday afternoon and the quarterback position is not taking any time for granted with the first game less than a month away.
“After getting back into it after 15 practices in the spring, the big push for us was what was yesterday going to be like,” said first-year offensive coordinator David Yost. “Each guy was in a different spot and it was a good starting point yesterday, but we are far from where we will be at the end of the month.”
Myers has played in 28 games during his Utah State career, with 25 starts, and ranks fourth all-time in school history in completion percentage (.605), sixth all-time in school history in total offense (5,963 yards), tied for eighth all-time in school history with 31 career touchdown passes, and ninth all-time in school history in career passing yards (4,848), career completions (411) and career pass attempts (679). He has also rushed for 1,115 yards on 257 carries (4.4 ypc) during his career and ranks 25th all-time in school history in career rushing yards, including third all-time among quarterbacks.
“All the quarterbacks are doing well this camp and everyone is competing with each other,” said Myers. “Me personally, I am working on me being consistent during camp and being the same quarterback from the first practice to the last practice.”
During the 2016 season, Myers completed 211-of-361 (.584) passes for 2,389 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He finished the season ranking first in the Mountain West in completions per game (17.7), third in the MW in total offense (236.9 ypg), fifth in the conference in passing (199.5 ypg), sixth in the MW in completion percentage (.586), eighth in the conference in touchdown passes (10), and eighth in the MW in passing efficiency (118.8).
His 211 completions as a junior rank ninth all-time in school history for a single season and he finished the 2016 season with 2,838 yards of total offense (2,389 passing yards, 449 rushing yards) to rank 10th all-time in school history for a single season.
As a junior, Myers completed a career-high 29 passes in back-to-back games against Air Force (9/24) and Boise State (10/1) as he was 29-of-47 passing for a season-high 360 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Falcons, and 29-of-50 passing for 287 yards with one touchdown against the Broncos, as those 50 attempts are also a career high.
“Kent is taking ownership of the offense, and how to run it and take charge and get everybody on the right page, and being in attack mode with what we do and how he can play in it,” added Yost.
Nelson has been Utah State's holder on special teams in all 25 games over the past two seasons, but has not seen any time at quarterback. As a specialist, he has carried the ball twice for six yards and has one completion for 12 yards.
Highlights from Saturday’s practice included a senior defensive back in Jalen Davis, a redshirt sophomore tight end in Dax Raymond, and a redshirt freshman wide receiver in Jordan Nathan. Davis has three pass breakups and one interception on the day, while Raymond had three catches for 60 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown, and Nathan had five catches for 95 yards.
Saturday was the second of 24 practices for the Aggies leading up to their season-opening game at No. 10 Wisconsin on Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN. Utah State will host Idaho State on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m., in its home opener, and begin Mountain West play on Saturday, Sept. 23, at San José State at 5:30 p.m. (MT).
As part of the NCAA’s five-day acclimation period, Utah State will add shoulder pads on Monday and Tuesday. The Aggies’ first practice in full pads will be on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
Utah State’s first two scrimmages will be closed to the public, but fans are invited to its last scrimmage as part of Family Football Fun Day, sponsored by Macey’s, at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m.
For ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can become season ticket holders for as low as $110. New for 2017 are Value Season Ticket Plans, which include four adult season tickets on the east side of the stadium starting at $450. Youth season tickets are available for just $60 and Family Plans, consisting of two adult tickets and three youth tickets, can be purchased for as low as $340.
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball. 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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Defensive Player of the Day
Senior cornerback Jalen Davis stood out defensively during the second day of fall camp with an interception to go along with three pass breakups.
Offensive Player of the Day
Redshirt sophomore Dax Raymond was impressive, despite missing the 2016 season due to injury, as the fleet-footed tight end caught three passes for 60 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown.
Newcomer of the Day
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Nathan showcased his breakaway speed as he had five receptions for 95 yards on the day.
UTAH STATE FOOTBALL PRACTICE DATES, TIMES AND LOCATION
Mon., Aug. 7 --- 2:10 - 4:15 p.m. (Practice Field)
Tues., Aug. 8 --- 2:10 - 4:15 p.m. (Maverik Stadium)
Wed., Aug. 9 --- 2:10 - 4:15 p.m. (Maverik Stadium)
Thurs., Aug. 10 --- 2:05 - 2:50 p.m. (Practice Field)
Fri., Aug. 11 --- 2:10 - 4:00 pm (Practice Field)
Sat., Aug. 12 --- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Maverik Stadium) --- Scrimmage #1 (Closed)
Mon., Aug. 14 --- 2:10 - 4:00 p.m. (Practice Field)
Tues., Aug. 15 --- 2:10 - 4:00 p.m. (Maverik Stadium)
Wed., Aug. 16 --- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Maverik Stadium) --- Scrimmage #2 (Closed)
Thurs., Aug. 17 --- 4:35 - 5:25 p.m. (Practice Field)
Fri., Aug. 18 --- 2:10 - 4:00 p.m. (Practice Field)
Football Family Fun Day, sponsored by Macey’s
Sat., Aug. 19 --- 2 p.m. (Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium) --- Scrimmage #3
Mon., Aug. 21 --- 1:35 - 3:40 p.m. (Practice Field) – Practice Closed
Tues., Aug. 22 --- 1:35 - 3:40 p.m. (Practice Field) – Practice Closed
Wed., Aug. 23 --- 1:35 - 3:40 p.m. (Practice Field) – Practice Closed
Thur., Aug. 24 --- 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. (Maverik Stadium) – Practice Closed
Fri., Aug. 25 --- 4:25 - 5:10 p.m. (Practice Field) – Practice Closed
Sat., Aug. 26 --- 9:10 - 11:15 a.m. (Maverik Stadium) – Practice Closed
End of Camp
NOTE - Scrimmages on Aug. 12 and Aug. 16 are closed, as are all practices after Aug. 19.
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