Aug. 6, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football head coach Brent Guy and his coaching staff will welcome back USU returners Monday, prior to Tuesday's first practice.
Guy and his staff return 88 players that went through spring drills. Included in that number are the 19 starters from last season, including all 11 starters from the defensive side of the ball. Seven offensive starters and one special teams starter round out the returning starters.
"Defensively, we have all 11 starters returning and are exited about that experience," Guy said. "We did a good job this spring of educating them and having them better understand what is expected of them by position. They also have done an improved job of understanding the whole picture and scheme of what we have to accomplish on defense play after play and series after series in completing our game plan. For them it is a matter of not giving up the big plays, which hurt us last year and did not give us a chance to win. They need to make offenses earn first downs the hard way without giving up the big plays."
The Aggies also have 35 lettermen returning (20 defensive, 15 offensive and one special teams). Guy and his staff welcomed 32 newcomers to camp on Sunday, and all players start practices on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m.
"Offensively, you always start with the quarterback position, where we do not have a declared starter right now so that will be real important to evaluate and decide through two major scrimmages," Guy said.
"We will also have a few single days where we will have live scrimmages, and we will grade them and try to clear that picture up," Guy said. "We are constantly, always evaluating those guys every day and in every practice because that position is so important on offense."
Utah State, which was picked eighth entering its third season in the WAC, was 1-11 overall and 1-7 in WAC play last year, finishing tied for eighth after being picked seventh in both of last season's preseason media and coaches' polls.
Practices start on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. The first two-a-day is Monday, Aug. 13.
The first scrimmage is slated for Thursday, Aug. 16 as part of Aggie Football Family Fun Night, sponsored by Macey's Foods with free admission. The scrimmage starts at 4:30 p.m., while games and activities for fans get underway on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium at 5 p.m. Following the scrimmage, from 6-7 p.m. fans can get their favorite Aggies' autographs and play catch with an Aggie on the field. Fans can also pick up their season tickets or purchase tickets at the Romney Stadium Box Office.
Utah State opens the 2007 season on Thursday, Aug. 30, hosting UNLV in a 6:05 p.m. kick off at Romney Stadium. After road games at Wyoming on Sept. 8 and Oklahoma on Sept. 15, the Aggies return for Homecoming 2007 on Sept. 22, hosting San Jose State. USU then faces in-state rival Utah on Sept. 29 at Salt Lake City, followed by a game at Hawai'i on Oct. 6. The Aggies open a three home dates in four games span with Nevada on Oct. 20, then Louisiana Tech on Oct. 27. After going to Fresno State on Nov. 3, USU's home finale is on Nov. 10 with Boise State. The regular-season concludes with games on New Mexico State and Idaho on Nov. 17 and 24, respectively.
Contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435)797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for ticket information.
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