A Look At The Aggies - #2
Aug. 8, 2002
LOGAN, Utah - A LOOK AT THE AGGIES - #2 Jerome Eason and Ken Coleman
Each day of football practice from August 7-August 23, two Aggie football players will be featured in press releases and on the USU website at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Jerome Eason WR, 6-3, 200, Fr., Lancaster, Calif. (Antelope Valley HS)
After a solid high school career, Jerome Eason was ready to begin his college football days after he signed with Utah State in the spring of 2001. However, Eason did not qualify academically and had to sit out the 2001 season.
Eason starred at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, Calif., which has sent several players to the USU program in recent years, including Tony Walker and Caleb and Cade Smith. However, he spent the 2001-02 school year in Logan, got his grades in shape and is now ready to put his football skills to use.
At 6-3, Eason provides a big target for Aggie quarterbacks and he is expected to see playing time in his inaugural year.
"It was real tough sitting out the whole year because I was watching those other guys showing their skills and it was rough for me," Eason explained. "I am excited to be back and be able to participate.
"Last year I just did school work and spent time in the weight room and worked on conditioning so I could be prepared," Eason added. "I put on about 10-15 pounds."
His efforts, which included paying his own way through school during last year, did not go unnoticed by the coaching staff.
"He has done everything we have asked of him and he has gotten it together academically and athletically," said wide receivers coach Chris Tabor. "He is ready to roll. He is a guy we are bringing along slowly, but he could have a huge impact on our offense this season, so that is what we are hoping for."
However, the year layoff has made the talented player a bit rusty he admitted.
"The first day (of practice) was a little rough and I dropped a few balls," Eason said after the second day of practice. "Today I caught all my balls and I am just trying to work and get better every day.
"I am excited and hope I can play up to the expectations," he said.
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Ken Coleman WR, 5-10, 170, Palo Alto, Calif. (Gunn HS/Foothill JC)
Former Aggie Raymond Farris, who lettered at USU from 1983-85, has had a successful career as a personal trainer, working with the likes of Jerry Rice and numerous other NFL standouts.
Farris' Aggie connection helped Utah State land a talented wide receiver, who trained under him as Ken Coleman is now in Logan and expected to see plenty of playing time in his first year here.
Coleman is a junior college transfer from Foothill and is at Utah State as a walkon, which is fortunate for the Aggies. Coleman, who attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif., originally signed to play with Hawaii and went through spring drills with the Rainbows before taking a year off to take care of his little girl.
He then enrolled at Foothill and drew attention from several schools, including Marshall, which offered him a scholarship. However, Coleman, who had been recruited by USU, felt obligated to come to Logan and try his luck sans scholarship.
"I had a lot of offers after I left Foothill, but Coach (Mike) Lynch started recruiting me and I loved this offense," Coleman said. "Marshall offered me a scholarship late, but I had already been talking to Utah State and they were really the first ones to offer me an opportunity so I decided to stay with them."
That loyalty to Utah State and the coaching staff should payoff quickly.
"Ken is a young guy in our offense, but an older guy maturity-wise that we are counting on to play this year," said USU wide receivers coach Chris Tabor. "He will be an integral part of our offense this season."
Right now, Coleman is adjusting to his new environment.
"I am just trying to get used to the altitude, but other than that, the plays are starting to come and I am learning this offense," he said after the second day of practice.